Illness or disability can come in a variety of different guises. One thing that is for sure though is that when it strikes it can have devastating effects. Some people have to cope with these from birth, whilst others develop during the course of an individual’s life.
Not all disabilities occur as a result of genetics; some happen as a direct result of accidents. Not surprisingly illnesses or disabilities that occur quickly can take a long time to come to terms with.
If you or a loved one has been directly affected by an illness or disability then this blog post is definitely for you. Here we will be looking at some key ways that can make dealing with things a touch easier.
Coming to Terms with Things
Depending on the scale of your illness or disability you will be forgiven for thinking that your whole life has been turned upside down. This is a natural initial reaction that can be hard to deal with; however, for your future emotional well-being it is essential that you take time to come to terms with things.
Now might not be the best time to make any quick decisions. Resisting the urge to make rash decisions on top of the distressing situation can be a huge benefit here. Some people will take comfort in being able to discuss their personal situation with friends or family members; however, it is important to know that others might feel better keeping things to themselves. There really are no hard or fast rules here; it really is just about how you feel with about the new situation.
Learn How to Feel Better
At the very beginning this it might prove hard, but you should try to learn how to make yourself feel a little better.
This clearly will mean different things to different people. For some people it could mean that you stay close to loved ones or friends; whilst for others it might mean continuing with any hobbies or interests that you had. The all-important thing here is not to allow your entire world to cave in on you. Keeping a positive outlook can make a massive difference in your ability to stay sane.
To expand upon the point a little further it might be that prior to your illness or disability you enjoyed spending time visiting nature parks. Even with a disability that prevents you from driving this could still be possible. Organising the fitment of hand controls for cars is an example of one way that someone without the full use of their legs could still keep mobile. The controls for the accelerator and brake pedals are mounted near the steering wheel, allowing the driver to fully control those functions.
Concentrate on the Present
Focusing too much on the past isn’t a particularly healthy pursuit, even more so in light of an illness or disability. Of course it can be difficult to avoid thinking about the “what if’s”, but if you can it is better to try to think about the present.
Likewise if you can you should try to avoid worrying too much about what the future will hold as often this can accentuate any levels of distress that you might have. When this happens it can make an illness or disability feel much worse than it already is.
Another effective way to help lessen the effects of a disability or illness could be to set some goals. These can be as simple or as complex as you feel comfortable; however, the easier they are to achieve the better you will tend to feel.
It might be that you set a series of manageable goals each day that steadily build on each other. Taking a more measured approach will hopefully help to instil a degree of ability in the place of any lingering doubts.