Key Tips On Coping With Life With A Disability
It’s sad how accidents can happen without any form of warning, and before you can even wrap your head around it, you may no longer be able to do anything about the situation at hand. Perhaps one of the most recent and famous examples of such an accident that led to disability is when Harry Potter’s main stuntman, David Holmes, fell off a broomstick, got hurled into a wall, and broke his neck in the process—this happened while filming on set. Unfortunately, this accident led him to be paralyzed, putting an immediate end to his career as a stuntman and from ever working for the Harry Potter installment.
No matter how hard it is to come to terms with the circumstances, the only thing left to do is to cope with your situation. To help you recover and gain control of your life again, here are key tips on coping with life with a disability:
- Give yourself some time to come to terms with the situation
Just as in the stages of grief, the first stage is denial. Therefore, it may take some time for you to fully realize the gravity of the situation that you are in. You might start to isolate yourself from your loved ones and may decide to sever your communications with them due to your inability to make sense of your mixed emotions, but know that your friends and family will be there for you no matter what—even if you don’t even understand yourself. You don’t have to figure out your emotions immediately, learn to take it easy on yourself.
- Allow yourself to grieve
Having a disability means you will be dealing with the fact that there are some activities, that you used to enjoy back then that you can no longer participate in. This, in itself, is another form of loss, especially if that activity sits close to your identity as a person. Just like how you would cope with loss, this stage will involve the need for you to grieve and this can take a lot of time but know that it’s going to be fine someday—that you can fully cope with it through the passing of time.
- Surround yourself with positivity
There’s a good reason for being at rock bottom, because although it may seem as if your situation can still worsen over time, this means there’s no other way for you to go but up. You may have never chosen for you to end up in this situation, however, you can always choose where to go from here. There will always be room for improvement and along the way, it is best if you surround yourself with the right company that gives you all the positivity that you need in order for you to rise above your circumstances and grow as a person.
- Nurture yourself
You may not be able to enjoy the things that you used to do back then, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t form new habits and find new hobbies for you to indulge yourself in. Learn to bloom where you are planted and make the best out of your situation—no one is stopping you but yourself.
Along with these coping tips, it’s also beneficial to ensure that you’re making the most out of your long-term disability insurance, and fortunately, an attorney can help you with that one.
The truth of the matter is you’ll never be the same again—either you will become worse or stronger and better than you were before. However, the choice is all up to you. Where you go from the situation is all in your hands.