To a person who has suffered a long-term disability due to an accident, the thought that the world has come to an end, along with the feelings of fear and doubt, is expected and understandable. Whatever the disability is, the fact that it inhibits them to perform what they previously could do remains. Because of this, the person may have difficulty adjusting to their present situation.
Coping with limitations and overcoming the challenges of having a disability is a difficult feat, but with the right mindset and support, it is possible. Here are helpful ways you can practice to live a healthy and fulfilling life even if you have a long-term disability.
The most apparent effect of disability is on the person’s physical body such as a vision problem or a lost limb. While it may never be the same again, don’t let your disability hinder you from moving your body. Start with simple exercises and progress to more challenging ones. Exercise releases happy hormones and can help eliminate stress.
Exercise is vital for maintaining a fit body. Without exercise, muscles may waste away, and it will be harder to stay fit and healthy that way. Depending on your disability, you can ask assistance from your family or friends or can perform simple movements alone or with the aid of some exercise tools. The most important thing to remember is to find ways to keep moving.
Aside from the physical challenges of having a disability, you may also feel a range of uncomfortable emotions such as anger, guilt, sadness, and helplessness. Others also fall into depressive states. While it is easy and tempting to lurk in self-pity all day when you have a disability, looking at the brighter side of things is better. Start by reading the testimonies of people who have suffered from and conquered a long-term disability.
Someone wise said that “the heart is a fertile ground,” so choose what to sow wisely. Instead of harboring guilt and feeding such negative emotions with negative thoughts, divert your attention to your interests and hobbies.
Directly related to your emotions is your mental health. Our feelings are affected by what we see and perceive, and our mind and emotions react to each other. Exercising your mind is essential and helps to keep you healthy mentally. Persons with a disability, however, may not be as exposed to sights and sounds that stimulate the mind as other people. Even so, technology has made it more convenient and easier to exercise the mind.
There are many ways to stir up the mind and be healthy mentally, including the following:
- Reading books and informational magazines
- Watching documentaries and movies
- Engaging in board games
- Taking a short course
For holistic health and wellness, you should also attend to your social well-being. A disability only takes away a physical part of your body. While it’s important to have your “me time,” don’t spend so much time with your negative emotions. Instead, spend time with your family and friends because you can still have a happy relationship with them even your condition. It is also recommended to connect with other people with disabilities. Reach out to yourself and to other people.
Indeed, no matter what caused it, a long-term disability affects an individual not just physically but more so psychologically. It can hinder them from living a healthy life; it can imprison them in a world that only they can break. Despite all these, it is very much possible for a person with a disability to live a healthy life.