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Helping yourself

There are also many things you can do yourself to improve your psychological well-being. Not all of these suggestions will suit everyone, but most people find at least one or two helpful.

  • Keep informed: A lack of knowledge about stroke can lead to uncertainty, and misunderstandings can arise that can add to worries. Having information about stroke can be reassuring and if there is something you are not sure about, or you do not understand, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor or carer to explain. The following Links can also help with information about stroke and its effects.

    Irish Heart Website
    Stroke Association Website, UK

  • Social contact: Meeting people regularly, every day if possible, is an important source of well-being. Talking to others can be a big help. If you are able to, keep talking to family and friends, and try not to push people away or assume you are a burden.

  • Support groups: Many people find support groups useful. They provide a chance to meet people who have been through a similar experience, and many arrange social activities. Stroke clubs are support groups for people affected by stroke. The Mid West Stroke Support Club Co-ordinator can be contacted on 087 254 6742.
    Please click here for more information about the Club

  • Hobbies and interests: Returning to hobbies and interests is an important part of the rehabilitation process after stroke. You could even look at trying new things. Try not to be put off by thoughts that you are unable to do things as well as you could before the stroke. Many activities can be adapted to enable you to carry on enjoying them.

  • Exercise: Recent research shows that exercise is very beneficial in treating and preventing depression. Doing any physical activity regularly, however gentle, can help.

  • Healthy diet: People who are depressed often lose their appetite, and a poor diet can make you feel tired and run down. Try to eat regular meals with fresh fruit and vegetables every day.

  • There are many self-help books available with further information on living with conditions such as stroke, and depression. They are available from most bookshops and libraries.

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