It can be difficult to cope with a disability, some people may even feel that their life is over. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You just need to find other things you enjoy and make adjustments in your lifestyle. The first step is always the hardest but after that it gets easier and easier as you go on. It won’t happen overnight, but eventually, if you work at it, you will live a great life despite your disability!
Adjusting to life with a disability is never easy, but there are some things to do to help yourself cope, and build a more rewarding life.
Learn To Accept Your Disability
It can be hard to accept your disability. Acceptance can feel like giving in, but refusing to accept it can keep you feeling stuck. It will keep you from moving forward, making the changes you need to make, and setting new goals.
Give Yourself Time To Mourn
Let yourself grieve. You’ve suffered a major loss, both of your healthy body and some of your plans for your future.
Don’t Try To Ignore Or Suppress Your Feelings
We all want to avoid pain, but in the same that you can’t get over an injury by ignoring it, you can’t work through grief without letting yourself actually feel it. Feel your feelings without judgement.
You’ll Go Through A Roller Coaster Of Emotions
You might feel anything from anger to sadness. This is normal. The experience can be unpredictable, and full of ups and downs. Trust that with time, the lows will be less intense and you start to be able to find a new normal.
You Don’t Have To Put On A Happy Face
Learning to live with a disability, or adjust to a mobility aid like a wheelchair or an exoskeleton for disabled people isn’t always easy. A bad day doesn’t mean you aren’t brave. Pretending you’re okay doesn’t help. Let the people you trust know how you really feel.
Find Ways To Minimize The Impact On Your Life
Disability will change your life in big ways, and it doesn’t help to deny that. You’ve got limitations that make things more difficult. With a willingness to do things differently, you can lessen the impact on your life.
Be Your Own Advocate
You are your own advocate as you negotiate the new challenges of your life, both at work and in the healthcare system. Knowledge is power, so learn about your rights and the resources that are out there for you. Taking charge can help you to feel less helpless and more empowered.
Take Advantage Of The Things You Can Do
You might not be able to change your disability but you can reduce its impact on your daily life by looking and embracing the adaptive technologies and tools that are out there. If you need something like a cane, prosthetic, or wheelchair, use it. Forget any embarrassment or fear of stigma. You are not the aids you use.
Set Realistic Goals And Be Patient
Disability can push you to learn new skills. You might have to relearn some basic tasks you used to take for granted. This can be frustrating, and it’s understandable to want to rush through this stage and get back to functioning as soon as you can. Stay realistic. Unachievable goals can lead to setbacks rather than progress, leaving you discouraged. Be patient. Every step forward, no matter how small, is progress.
Life with a disability can be difficult at first, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. To live an enjoyable life despite your limitations, you just need to find other things you enjoy and make adjustments in your lifestyle so that everything feels more manageable again. With some time and dedication, we know for sure that you will live a fulfilling life regardless of any physical challenges!