Last week I discovered a new website called strokenet.org. For me this is a very valuable website that has great information for stroke survivors and stroke caregivers. It also has chat rooms where you can go talk to other stroke survivors for information or just to socialize. There is a link for this website under my related links page under the More drop-down.
Yesterday, my wife Mary and I decorated our Christmas tree and this was a frustrating task for me. I found it very hard to grasp the branches of the tree with my effected hand so that I could put a Christmas decoration on it. However, I kept on trying and was eventually able to do it but I had to do it very slowly. I guess my persistence paid off and it took a lot of the sting out of the frustration I was feeling. This is a good outcome for persistence. Whenever you confront frustrating tasks that you have to do keep trying them time and time again until you get them you don't have to get them perfectly but just do them.
I have an example of this. Today, I went out and bought a latch for our basement door so that my grandson would not be able to open it and potentially fall down the stairs. The frustrating part of this was trying to get the eyelet and latch portions of this lock to finally screw into the door and into the molding. But surprise surprise after about an hour I was finally was able to install it. It isn't pretty but it works just fine. And it made me feel good to be able to complete this task.
So when you have a task that is very frustrating and hard to do change your frustration into determination and get the job done. You'll feel better for it. And it will give you a real positive attitude. Remember, giving up is not an option.