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Here are six tips for successfully living with a disability

On Behalf of | Nov 19, 2021 | Personal Injury

We spend a lot of time on this blog talking about the legalities of personal injury cases. While that information is certainly important if you hope to find accountability and secure compensation for the damages that have been unfairly thrust upon you, we understand that you’re also struggling just to get by on a day-to-day basis. This is probably especially true if your newfound injuries have left you with a disability.

Therefore, this week we want to change it up a little bit and look at things you can do to make living your life with a disability just a little bit easier. After all, we understand the hardships that you’re facing, and to us our clients are more than just another case. With that in mind, let’s look at some considerations that may make your day-to-day living just a little bit easier.

  1. Don’t suppress your emotions: Our human nature forces us to act tough and put on a happy face when we’re anything but tough or happy. But don’t give into that temptation. It’s okay to feel the way you feel, whatever that emotion may be. Allow yourself to feel those emotions so that you can learn to accept them and your condition.
  2. Ask for help: Far too often we see disabled individuals who are too proud to ask for help. They view seeking out assistance as a sign of weakness. But this isn’t the case. It takes strength to recognize your shortcomings and to ask for help when needed. You shouldn’t feel ashamed. After all, there are a lot of people out there who are willing to lend you a helping a hand when needed. Also, support groups and mental health professionals can give you comfort and peace of mind as you navigate life’s path ahead of you.
  3. Focus on what you can do: A disabling injury takes a piece of you away. You should grieve that loss, but you shouldn’t let your grief overwhelm your life. To prevent that from happening, try focusing on what your disability hasn’t taken away from you.
  4. Be open-minded: Medical advances are made all the time, including in the treatment of disabling injuries. New technologies may make living your life with a disability a little easier, and new medication may reduce your pain and suffering. Be receptive to these new opportunities and to new ways of living your life.
  5. Find new interests: Your disability may have taken away your ability to do the things that you love, but you might take comfort in finding new hobbies and interest that you can still engage in despite your disability. This is a great way to take control of your life and minimize the impact that your disability has on your happiness.
  6. Be realistic: It’s hard for us to admit when something is unattainable, but the truth of the matter is that your disability likely will limit your abilities to a certain extent. If you set unrealistic goals for your recovery, you could be setting yourself up for disappointment. By being realistic, on the other hand, you can give yourself a sense of accomplishment and purpose, helping you realize that you, not your disability, are in control of your life.

We know that living with a disability can be painful, soul-crushing, and frustrating. But we also know that you can still find happiness despite the tragic realities that you face. We hope that these tips will prove beneficial to you and that you will reach out for whatever help you may need, even if it’s legal in nature.