Learning To Cope With Disability
If there’s one thing we know about ourselves as humans, it’s that we’re not invincible. It can take a small accident to leave disabled – losing a limb, spinal damage, even just losing a few fingers – whatever the case, it’s a difficult thing to accept and make the best of.
The transition of moving over to a life of disability is one that many find almost impossibly difficult to accomplish in a short amount of time, especially for those that sustain the injury later on in life. After a lifetime spent making full use of our bodies, having that stripped away can be devastating both physically and psychologically. For those that have found themselves with a disability, there are a few ways to learn how to cope.
Accepting The Disability
This is much easier said than done, and accepting that you can no longer perform certain tasks may feel like giving up and throwing in the towel. But this doesn’t have to be the case.
- Take time to mourn: It’s important that you go through the grief that you feel in a healthier way instead of attempting to push it all down and bottle it up. Remember that grieving for what you lost is a necessary part of the process.
- It’s okay to have bad days: Many feel that they need to try and hide how much suffering they’re going through after a traumatic experience. This doesn’t have to be the case – you will have both good and bad days, and the key is to learn how to get through both while sharing how you feel with those you love.
Improve Your Lifestyle
You will go through a number of changes to your lifestyle that may be necessary to facilitate your new disability.
- Eat Well and Exercise: Many find it difficult to carry on with a normal life after a serious accident, especially if they’re suffering from other complications, such as depression or anxiety. Ensuring that you’re doing physical therapy and maintaining a healthy diet is vital to keeping your life in order.
- Find New Hobbies: Suffering from a disability may mean having to give up hobbies or activities that you once enjoyed. This doesn’t meant that you cannot find new hobbies that you can do more easily – there is always more to learn and experience, and many find solace in taking up painting, playing video games, or enjoying online blackjack.
Accept Help and Support
A disability can leave you feeling alone and misunderstood, and it’s easy to sink into a state of despair. But professional help does exist, and seeking it out does not make you weak.
- Start or maintain a relationship: Those that care about you will not leave once you’re suffering from a disability. Make sure to maintain and nurture those relationships, as they can provide endless support.
- Join a support group: There are plenty of support groups out there, and many may even deal with the same kind of disability you may have.