So you are banned from seeing your daughter act in a serious drama performance at school in case you laugh loudly or cry, when actually pre-stroke you would have simply just smiled or looked sad.
Or you laugh at funerals or have extreme emotional reactions in the cinema. (Which are also incredibly embarrassing for your kids) and not least deeply distressing and frustrating for you.
Apparantly, I have an odd gurning-type-expression when I try to hold back the floods of tears at, for example, the French singing/talking dog on Britain’s Got Talent recently.
Sound familiar after #stroke?
Changes in your emotions or behaviour can be caused by the physical damage to your brain or from the effects of coping with the trauma and its aftermath.
These tips may help you deal with the emotional aspects of your #strokerecovery:
• Don’t feel guilty! It’s not your fault.
• Talk to someone. I personally find making light of the situation helps me to cope with my friends and family so they understand.
• Get support! This may be online or in traditional support groups.
• Know when to ask for help.
• Exercise. I walk my fabulous cocker poo and go the the gym every day, like an extension to the routine of brushing your teeth.
• Find time to relax. I’m addicted to Spotify, the Podcasts app and Netflix – House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Damages….
• Give yourself credit. I know I have very high standards but reflect on all your achievements since your life changed after your stroke. Mistakes are normal and perfectly ok, you generally learn from them.
• Tell people how you’d like them to treat you if you become emotional.The more people tell me to stop laughing or crying in appropriately I get worse! I think, after months of explaining to my family, they finally get that and back off from me.
Perhaps this us useful?