Maintaining Social Relationships after a Stroke or Brain Injury

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Social relationships are very important for our mental health. Think of that good feeling you had last time you connected with a friend. Doing things with others is motivating and helps to keep us active as well. Our relationships inevitably change over time due to the death of family members or friends, moving, or disability. These changes can affect us in many ways. After a stroke we might not be able to participate in the activities we used to with friends. It is understandable to feel sad or depressed because we miss our friends and our time interacting with them. Healthy social relationships enable us to participate in favorite activities, knowing your friends are waiting for you motivates you to go for your regular walk, attend your book club or card club, or show up for your fishing partner. If your body has changed due to a stroke or brain injury you may need to change how you continue to interact with your friends. It may be helpful to need to ask for a ride to book club or to your place of worship.

Participating in our favorite activities can also help us continue our social relationships or find new friends. Maybe you no longer feel comfortable participating in your bowling league but decide to join a knitting club or mahjong club. Participating in group activities helps us to build relationships.

Here in chicago there are many fun things you might like to do with your friends or family. You can visit our museums on their many free days or enjoy the concerts at Millennium Park. The Garfield Park Conservatory is another great free option in Chicago.

If you are having trouble participating in your favorite social activities after a stroke or brain injury occupational therapy can help. Contact Moxie OT today to find out how.