There’s a saying that “Life isn’t always fair.” This especially true for many who are suddenly and unexpectedly faced with a physical disability. The sudden restriction of independence or freedom can lead to anxiety over what the future may look like.
The following are some steps and coping mechanisms to help you face your physical disability head on.
3 Tips for Dealing with a Physical Disability
#1 – Avoid self pity.
It’s often easier to feel bad for yourself or about your situation. Instead of looking at everything that is wrong, try instead to surround yourself with people and activities that have a positive impact in your life. Though it’s not always easy, having a positive attitude goes a long way in helping you improve not just your outlook for your overall health.
#2 – Learn how to react.
You can’t always control what happens to you in your life, but you can most certainly control how you react to it. Learn not only how to react to the things that happen to you and around you – but also learn how to react to other people’s reactions to your situation.
People who have physical disabilities sometimes face pity, animosity from others. Expect different reactions from those around you, and try not to let ignorant people upset you. Instead, practice patience. Remember that how you react to someone or something can drastically change the outcome.
#3 – Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Surround yourself with family and friends who are positive and upbeat and who you trust. Consider joining a support group. Identify the things about your situation and about yourself that you have and/or are struggling with, and don’t be afraid to ask for the help of family, friends, or members of your support group.