Introduction to My 7 Steps to Stroke Recovery

I developed my Seven Step Model for Recovery based upon my own experiences recovering from stroke. I recently had the opportunity to create a video series wherein I discuss each of the 7 Steps in the recovery process.

Click on the links below to view each video and feel free to leave me any comments or questions on your own personal experience with recovery. If you’re interested in the workshops, coaching and speaking I do to assist others in the recovery process, please visit my services section.

1. Reframing

To deal with the event, I used the reframing technique,  as I began to look around at other patients and realised how “lucky” I was.

View Step 1 Video

2.  Gratitude 

Then the next step was to be grateful about what I still had, rather than what I had lost. As I went through my recovery, I would keep saying this to myself about all the great things I still had e.g. a loving family, friends, my full faculties i.e. memory, speech, sight etc.

View Step 2 Video

3.  The role of Belief 

Belief was the bedrock of my recovery, from the very beginning as I made my last steps towards the A&E before my legs gave way – I was saying to myself  “I can do this, I can get there…”

View Step 3 Video

4.  My vision

With this belief, I was able to create my vision of being a better man, living a normal life again with my family and resuming my work. This time in a much more fulfilling way, as before my work had been very frustrating.  I had a dream while I was in hospital that I was walking again. Clearly this vision was running in the background as 4 days after the dream, I took my first steps!

View Step 4 Video

5.  State management 

This was key in dealing with the “ups and downs”. Listening to the signals in my body and  allowing myself to rest and sleep when I was tired, rather than fighting it and trying to carry on. Being aware of my internal voice and changing it when it was being “unhelpful”. This was particularly marked when learning to walk again – rather than saying  “oh my goodness I could fall”, I would change it to “left right left right, I can do this”! I was also aware of the influence of my behaviour on my state, so if I felt low I would call a friend, write to externalise my anxiety, listen to my iPod.

View Step 5 Video

6.  Rapport with the Support staff

Working with the medical team and my carers/nurses to create a community of support around me, this I did by building rapport with each and every one of them so they became a great support in my recovery process.

View Step 6 Video

7.  Following the process 

I was very compliant about resting and was very diligent about doing my exercises -in general doing the “right things” instructed by the medical and nursing staff.

View Step 7 Video

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