Collaborative Post¦ Whether you’ve recently been hit by disability, or had it your whole life, it can understandably be difficult sometimes. However, it doesn’t define you and it doesn’t mean you can’t reach your goals. Here are some steps you can take to live life to the full.
Grieving and accepting what you can’t do may sound negative. It’s important to give yourself time for this and don’t suppress your feelings. You could consider joining a disability group to chat to others in similar situations to make you feel less alone. Counselling may also help. Accepting help is not weakness and it’s important not to suppress your feelings. However, once you’ve worked through that process, it’ll allow you to start focusing on all the things you can do!
A boss of mine once told me “Knowledge is key”. It’s so true and something I’ve lived by since. The more you know about your disability, the more power you have. It’ll allow you to feel more empowered and in charge of your life. It’ll also allow you to set realistic goals and take advantage of the things you can do. If something helps you, don’t be afraid to use it and try not to feel embarrassed. Whether it’s a stick, a wheelchair like the powered wheelchairs from Fenetic Wellbeing or a prosthetic, it is worth using if it makes your life easier. The same goes for asking for help.
Take care of yourself
Self-care is so important. Things that make you feel good and give you a sense of achievement are great for your mental health. Finding a new hobby is always fun and helps raise my mental health. Volunteering is also great. Making sure that you check in with and see friends and family as much as possible will also help to keep your spirits up.
As well as the mental side, it’s also important to find a way to exercise to look after the physical aspect. Start small, be creative and reap the benefits of all the endorphins helping to reduce any stress and tension. As a result, exercise will help your mental health too, so it’s a double whammy!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.