In the early weeks and months of recovery, particularly if people had previously worked full time, they are likely to ®nd themselves with a great deal more `free' time. At ®rst they will probably need to get plenty of rest, but leisure and social activities can also play an important part in recovery. Participating in a range of activities can help people maintain their social relationships and generally enhance their quality of life (C.R. Scott 2006). The extent to which people can resume previous leisure and social activities will, of course, depend on the extent of any disabilities they have sustained as a result of the haemorrhage, but if someone is less active than before, this may also be because they have made the positive choice to adopt a different lifestyle (Powell et al. 2004).