Sudden life-altering illnesses are often accompanied by severe depression and doubt. When your life has been flipped upside down, dealing with a sudden disability can be a struggle. Here are seven ways you can cope.
- Allow yourself time to process the situation: Although it takes moments for things to fall apart, it will take some time to piece them back together. Don’t worry about the uncertain future or long term; focus on the present.
- Reach out for help: Even when it feels like you’re the only person in the world, know that there are support groups and counselors who are available that can help you cope with the worst parts of your illness.
- Focus on taking care of you: It’s easy to focus on how dealing with a sudden disability can affect your loved ones and friends. Take time to focus on your own healing so that you can remain positive.
- Learn what makes you feel better: Finding new ways of feeling better can dramatically enhance how your disability affects you. Learning new healing techniques can give you a sense of understanding and power over a sudden disability or illness.
- Focus on now: Thinking about the past and worrying about the future will only add stress. Focus on the present and how you can use this moment to feel better. You control how the present moment will turn out.
- Reduce stress: Reducing stress in your life will help you feel more calm and relaxed, allowing you to deal with your disability with a clear mind. Meditation and deep breathing are a few stress-reducing techniques that do not require movement.
- Keep your head up: Making the best of dealing with a sudden disability is the most effective way to remain hopeful and strong. Hold onto faith and believe in yourself, and you can overcome the setbacks you have experienced.
With Power Mobility & Lifts you don’t have to worry about how a sudden disability will affect your life. We’re here to help you maintain an active, healthy and happy life in any way possible.
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