Disabilities can be physical (mobility impairment), mental (having difficulty learning) or sensory (impaired vision or hearing loss). Generally, a person is considered disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial i.e. trivial long term effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to –day activities.
People with disabilities frequently experience fatigue, which may impede their ability to recover. For example, patient with strokes may experience fatigue and a subsequent lack of endurance that affects their ability to participate in normal daily activities. You can manage your disability or help a friend in coping with tier disabilities by sharing this tip with them.
Adjusting to life with a disability can be a difficult transition. It’s all too easy to obsess over what we’ve lost but while you can’t go back in time to a healthier you or wish away your limitations, you can change the way you think about and cope with your disability. There are many ways you can improve your independence, sense of empowerment, and outlook. No matter your disability, it’s entirely possible to overcome the challenges you face and enjoy a full-and fulfilling- life.
- Try to accept your disability: It can be incredibly difficult to accept your disability. Acceptance can feel like giving in but refusing to accept the reality of your limitations keeps you stuck. It prevents you from moving forward, making the changes you need to make, and finding new goals.
- You can give yourself time to mourn: Before you can accept your disability, you first need to grieve. You’ve suffered a major loss that affects some of your plans for the future
- Endeavor to take control of your life: it is important to face the reality of your disability status, note your areas of strength, share concerns and frustrations with loved ones, plan for recreation to maintain and improve your general health
- Have well-defined goals and priorities: when there are many activities to do, try and eliminate the non-essential activities. In other words, keep your priorities in order.
- Organize your life: Have a plan for each day and perform your tasks in steps. You can also distribute heavy work throughout the day or week
- Conserve Energy: Take rest before undergoing difficult tasks and it is essential to stop the activity before fatigue occurs. Continue with an exercise program to strengthen muscles.
- Control your environment: Try to be well organized and keep possessions in the same place so they can be found with minimum effort, keep work within easy reach and in front of you. Use adaptive equipment and aids.
- Be your own advocate: you are your own best advocate as you negotiate the challenges of life with a disability, including at work and in the healthcare system. Knowledge is power, so educate yourself about your rights and the resources available to you. As you take charge, you’ll also start to feel less helpless and more empowered
- Recruit assistance from others: Allow others to help you when necessary and always take safety precautions.
- Build important relationships in your life: Now, more than ever, staying connected is important. Spending time with family and friends will help you stay positive, healthy, and hopeful. Sometimes you may need a shoulder to cry on or even someone to vent to. But don’t discount the importance of setting aside your disability from time to time and simply having fun.
- Join a disability support group: one of the best ways to combat loneliness and isolation is to participate in a support group for people dealing with similar challenges. You’ll quickly realize you are not alone. Just that realization goes a long way. You will also benefit from the collective wisdom of the group.