Energy is often a big issue when you are recovering from stroke or brain injury. By the end of this post, you will have the tools to increase energy levels from today on. You will also learn about hormesis, an out-of-the-box way to increase energy levels (that almost no one knows about).
First, your brain is no longer working optimally. Your brain takes a lot of energy. And it takes even more energy when it repairs and recovers (1).
Second, your whole body is in fight-or-flight. Your sympathetic nervous system kicks in after brain injury and stroke, and usually does not settle down. That takes a lot of energy. Your energy factories, the mitochondria, are hugely affected. This affects your energy levels the most.
4 YEARS POST STROKE
Watching the world go into a coronavirus-lockdown is so interesting to me - as a stroke survivor - and to those that had a brain injury. There are so many similarities between living with a brain injury and what most of the world is experiencing now. Not being able to work and isolation (aphasia).
Maybe it’s just me but, after surviving a stroke, quarantine is easy to survive.
I’ve had a jump-start on isolating!
I remember the first 3 weeks after my stroke, I couldn’t make a sound (not even cough) and it took me several weeks to say my first word (mama). I couldn’t write either.
It took me at least one year to be able to make myself understood when I talked. But even still, when I am tired...nobody can understand me...(-:
But it had to be like that.
It is what it is.
It was one heck of a year, this year.
I have been working for Brain.rehab continuously, making training videos and other content.
My book “Stroke Rebel”, came out in...
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