How to cope with a disability or illness

Illness and disability come in many forms and there is no one rule for everyone. Sometimes they are faced from birth, other times they are developed over a period of time. Sometimes they can be the result of an accident. Whatever happens, there is some way that you and your friends and family can use to cope. You can still live life to the fullest, it might just take a little bit of time to adjust. Here are some tips to get you on the right path.

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Get The Right Help

There is a lot of help out there, and a quick google will help you find everything that you need most of the time. You can seek out writers and bloggers, maybe even vloggers who talk about their daily life. This can give some great insight. Other forms of help that you might need is home care help - someone to pop in and make sure that some things are taken care of. Sometimes it will be personal care, other times it will be chores around the house. Either way, there is someone to help with it. You’ll also want to look at how disability lawyers can help you, you might not get everything you are entitled to or have claims declined. Having someone to support and fight for justice there is going to be essential. Friends and family will be eager to help in most cases, so try and find space for them to pitch in.

Reduce Stress

And the overwhelm. In the early days, it is easy to get overwhelmed by everything that is going on. Stress will have a negative impact on your mental health a time that is already pretty tenuous in some cases. Sometimes it will be as simple as taking a deep breath and letting the stress leave your body with that big breath. Other times you are going to need to put some mechanisms in place. The Calm app for your phone has some great meditation exercises and sleep stories. Designed to give you a daily dose of calm and mindfulness, these are really useful. An alternative is the Headspace app. This one gives you guided meditation starting with smaller lengths of time and working its way up to a longer more deep session. Think about what you would say to someone that was experiencing high levels of stress. Take that advice and nurture yourself.

Leave The Past Behind

If your illness or disability is relatively new there is a temptation to keep repeating that had you know, you would’ve done things differently. There is no point to this. You will, without a doubt have a lot of emotions to go through and you shouldn’t fight them, but rather embrace them and work through them. But after that? Don’t dwell on your mistakes, we all make plenty - and rarely do we rectify them. Experiencing the here and now is a gift, no matter what form that has arrived in. Try and employ the following rules:

  • Forgive those who wronged you
  • Don’t focus on the negatives, but the positives instead
  • When you feel anxiety and stress start to creep in, take a deep breath

It can be a difficult time, but with some proper coping mechanisms and great people around you, you’ll be fine.

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