Adjusting from being living as a healthy person to living with a disability is not easy. The good news is that many people have successfully been able to live with a disability and thrive in their lives. There are steps that you can follow to get your life on track once you get disability. The steps one can follow are;
Accepting the disability
Living in denial prevents you from moving on, so you need to take the disability as a part of you. Accepting the disability involves some steps such as;
- Accepting the things, you cannot change and do
It is important to stop thinking of what you could do and can’t do with the disability. It is time to focus on what you can do and find activities that you can do despite the disability.
- Giving yourself time to mourn
Mourning and grieving is the first step to acceptance. You should never suppress your feelings or put a ‘happy’ face but give yourself time to grieve and get over the loss of your health.
Ask and accept help
It is a rough journey, and you need help from different people to help ease the journey to a better and happy life. There are various people you can get help from such as;
- Friends and family
It is essential to keep the relationships that you have strong and vibrant. Keeping your friends and family close will help you stay positive and get on track fast.
- NDIS providers
The registered NDIS providers offer a lot of help to those that have a disability. The NDIS providers provide services such as therapeutic support, assistance with travel and transport arrangements, innovative community participation, and many other activities and services that help those with disabilities.
It is important to understand that asking help does not mean you are weak. Asking help helps you to be stronger and enables you to overcome the challenges you might be facing.
Find things to do
If you are idle and not involved in any activities, you may feel useless; hence you may have issues with your mental health. There are various activities you can engage to help yourself find a purpose and keep you busy such as;
- Finding new hobbies
You can have new hobbies that you can do that make you happy to keep yourself rejuvenated and avoid boredom. It is essential to look for creative ways to perform hobbies, which will significantly improve your mental health.
It is essential to involve yourself in various voluntary activities you enjoy. Volunteering helps you feel more useful and gets rid of any negative feelings of uselessness that you may have.
It is essential to exercise even with a disability. Exercise keeps your body in the right shape, and it is also good for your mental health. Exercise relieves any anxiety and tension; hence finding creative ways to exercise will help you a lot.
- Taking care of a pet
A pet can provide a good companion, and taking care of a pet can help keep you busy and help you stay positive.