Emotional and Cognitive Difficulties?

Thank you Elyse posting for as it is what I suffer most with COGNITIVE ISSUES.

What do you struggle most with?

Stay Safe

When a stroke happens, it’s easy to see physical changes that have happened. Typically, one side of the body becomes weaker, movement is limited, vision may change, balance and coordination can be affected.

The invisible changes like changes in emotions or cognition can be harder to pinpoint. It’s also hard to know if those changes are “normal.”

I want to reassure you that being more irritable, frustrated, or having crying outbursts are indeed normal. Just like our brains control our physical capabilities, they also control our emotional state and mood. If the part of the brain impacted by the stroke was an emotional control center, you are likely to have emotional changes! In addition to the brain being impacted, recognize that you have been through a traumatic event. You may be experiencing emotional changes from that in and of itself.

However, just like you do exercises to rehab physical changes, you can do mental health exercises to rehab emotional states.

If you feel yourself become overwhelmed, stop for a moment. Tell others around you that you need a minute. Take 10 deep breaths to stimulate your Vagus nerve. This will help usher in the “rest and relax” response of the parasympathetic nervous system (the opposite of the “fight or flight” response).

Try questioning your emotional response. If you’re feeling frustrated, step back for a moment and look at the situation. Does your response match the situation? Or could it be that your response is out of proportion?

It takes work to rehab emotions and mood, just like it does with physical rehab. Start with those simple exercises and see if you notice a difference!

Take care,


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