No one expects to be disabled. Yet, all too often people suffer from debilitating injuries and illnesses that completely reshape their lives. Given the enormous amount of change that is thrust upon them they often are overwhelmed. They not only have to contend with their newfound physical limitations but they also have to deal with the emotional burden of living with the realities of a disability and the financial ramifications can be extensive.
As stressful as that may all sound there are things you can do to help alleviate the effects of your disability. Some of them are easier said than done but by attempting them you might find that you can move past the initial shock of your disability and find new, purposeful meaning in life. There are also many resources that help answer the question of why God allows pain and suffering. Some have found C.S. Lewis book The Problem of Pain helpful as are others. So, if you’ve been disabled by an injury or illness, then consider tips listed below as time goes on.
- Allow yourself to be sad about your condition: As mentioned above a disability can change your life significantly. It can affect your ability to play with your children, work, and engage in the other activities that you love. It’s normal to feel sad. Mourning is one of the stages of grief and, ultimately, acceptance. It’s a necessary and healthy path to follow to move on with life in the best way possible. Of course you’ll feel a wide array of emotions for some time but try your best to learn to accept them in recognition of the fact that they will eventual diminish and life will settle down into a new normal that does not have to be non-productive or unfulfilling.
- Try to minimize the impact of disability on your life: Easily said, but this can be enormously challenging. So, try starting small. Educate yourself about your condition so that you know your limitations and can set realistic goals for yourself. Then, focus on the things you can still do despite your disability. This way you prove to yourself that you can accommodate your disability. You’ll need to be patient with yourself, of course, but you can also keep an open mind when it comes to trying new treatment options or technologies designed to make your life easier.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help: Regardless of the problems you’re facing, whether they be related to mental, emotional, or physical health, or they’re tied to financial matters, don’t let yourself suffer in anguish because you’re too prideful to ask for help. There are probably more people in your life who care about you and love you than you realize. Many, if not all, of them are eager to help at a moment’s notice. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak. On the contrary, it gives you the support you need so that you can be stronger.
- Focus on the things that are most important to you: Try not to dwell on what your disability has taken away from you. Instead focus on the things you love in life and the
things that are most important to you. This could be supporting a charity through volunteering, being the best parent you can be, fostering your relationships with friends and family, or diving deep into a hobby. These activities will give you a sense of purpose which can diminish the toll taken by your disability.
- Focus on your health: Your disability may have limited you in some capacity but you still have control over other aspects of your health. Focus on staying healthy as possible so that you can continue to do the things you love.
Of course, these tips don’t really touch on other aspects of having a disability such as making improvements to your home to make your life easier, finding money to pay for expensive medical and rehabilitative treatment, and securing the financial stability you need when you are unable to work. Fortunately, though, you don’t have to be alone in facing these issues. Legal professionals who are experienced in handling Social Security disability claims might be able to walk you through the disability claims process to ensure you have the best possible chance of success.
Hopefully we can secure the financial resources you need to obtain stability and focus on the other tips that are mentioned above. Suffering from a disability can feel lonely but remember that you’re not in this fight alone, and we are but pilgrims on this earth.