6 Books that can Motivate You after Stroke

Books for Stroke Survivor

A stroke survivor has to be self-inspired to recover fully from a stroke.  But, sometimes in order to be self-motivated, he/she may need either a gentle push or some words of wisdom. Luckily, there are different inspiring stories in the form of self-help books and autobiographies that you can instantly relate to your life after stroke. Emphasizing on the power of positive attitude, these books can act as a manual if you want to reclaim fully functional life after stroke.

If muscle pain and the lack of fine motor movement after stroke force you to put a book aside, asking your caregiver read one chapter daily will be a great help. Otherwise, Audio Books are a great alternative to paperback.

Most people are afraid ahead their stroke rehabilitation as it means coming out of comfort zone and challenging stroke-controlled boundaries. Represented through metaphor of little people, mice, cheese and maze, Who Moved My Cheese is an inspirational book on how to deal with unexpected changes in life. With simple writing, it is extremely influential and practical.

This book aims at developing 7 core values to deal with issues of life and being a more effective person in all aspects. Proposing integrated and principle-centered approach to solve problems and coining the term paradigm shift, this Stephen R. Covey’s book is a must read for all. Much loved by critics till date, it is one of the bestselling business books in the nonfiction category for a reason.

Till date considered as the bestselling book on self-help, The Secret has sold more than 19 million copies in 46 languages. Emphasizing on being an architect of one’s own happiness by realizing the power of the mind, the secret is more than just a book. In fact, it’s a vault carrying a precious secret to achieving greatness in life even after stroke.

Reading an autobiography could be both enlightening and rewarding. Almost all of the greatest achievers have noteworthy life changing events; reading these events could motivate, encourage, and amaze you. Similar to this is Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’. This invigorating autobiography tells the extraordinary story of one of the history’s greatest figures. It is a story of an epic struggle, impede, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

The list of life changing autobiographies is incomplete without mentioning Anne Frank’s ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’; a powerful reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust and it’s a moving testament to the human spirit. Written at the age of 13 in the year 1942 while hiding in a ‘Secret Annexe’ of an old office building; Anne Frank’s extraordinary autobiography offers her insights, vivid impressions, compassion and fascinating observations on human courage and frailty which turned it into a timeless classic.

One of the great businessmen and founder of Virgin companies, Richard Branson has penned down his life in this book. This influential story will definitely motivate you to overcome the fear of stroke. The book shows how Branson despite dyslexia touched the sky and proved that the established way is not the only way. This book can teach you “if you have a will, you can always rise above challenges and emerge as a winner”.


This Blog is contributed by Dr. Deepak Kr. Nain. He is a certified therapist who specializes in the field of rehabilitation. Deepak possesses a clinical expertise in prescribing the best solutions to help people with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).


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