Stroke/Neurological Support Group

These hot days of summer do wear us down. Our loved ones’ suffering requires more from us in care and attention, which can create anger, frustration, and anxiety beyond reason. So, what can we do to help ourselves recreate our confidence, self-esteem, and serenity?

1. Try to reach out to a trusted friend, relative, or professional. Suffering in silence does not help improve the situation.

2. Work on doing good things for ourselves, which includes healthy self-care. We can exercise, get a good night’s sleep, take deep breaths, and try to have compassion for ourselves.

3. Try to give gratitude each day for the things we are grateful for in our lives. The gratitude written down or said out loud will bring a smile, a sense of joy, and fulfillment.

4. Try to be optimistic about and admit your fears. Anxiety can be handled, and you can be in a good place. The glass is half full, not half empty.

Another wonderful thing you can do is to put on some music that will go into your memories, bringing back emotions and interest. There are some very interesting health studies regarding the effects of music, not only on humans but on animals and plants. Music will affect your heartbeat, blood pressure, and pulse. It modulates the speed of our brainwaves. We all know that being exposed to music’s beauty, rhythm, and harmony significantly influences how we feel.

Research shows that music has a significant impact. It can potentially affect disease, depression, productivity, and our outlook on life. “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” —Pluto

So, take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and do it with joy, love, and positive thoughts. “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” —Christopher Reeve

If you have any questions about our group, which will resume meetings on Oct. 14, Nov. 11, and Dec. 9 at the SaddleBrooke One Arts & Crafts building, please contact Esta Goldstein at 520-825-1181 or [email protected] or Marilyn Sellers at 520-818-0965 or [email protected].