Perfect health. It’s something many of us take for granted. It’s only when something happens, or we’re diagnosed with a disability we realize what we had. Learning to live with a disability is never, especially if the onset of disability is new.
While you can’t go back in time, you do things to change your mindset. After all, you’re still in control of your life. There are many ways to improve your sense of empowerment and feelings of independence.
Can I live Happy Life with a Disability?
Most people expect to live a long, healthy life. So, when confronted with a disabling illness or injury, it can trigger a wide array of feelings. You may wonder how you will ever find a job or a relationship for that matter. You might even think that you’ll never be happy again.
But living with a disability doesn’t have to define you. Yes, it’s a tragedy, but you’re not alone. Thousands of people just like you have gone down this road and found ways to thrive. You can do it too.
Learn to accept your disability
As hard as it is, you need to come to terms with your disability. Acceptance is not the same as giving in. You aren’t throwing in the towel on a happy future. What you’re doing is refusing to let a disability take away your life. Accepting the reality allows you to move forward and make the changes you need to make to find inner peace and happiness.
Time to Mourn
Before you can fully accept your disability, you first need time to grieve. Regardless of the disability, you suffered a loss. Not only the loss of unlimited physical potential, but possibly also your plans for the future. Trying to ignore these feelings only makes things worse. Avoiding pain won’t get you where you need to be. Give yourself time to full mourn what you feel you’ve lost and then work through it.
From anger to disbelief, you’ll likely cycle through roller coaster of emotions before you finally feel better. But with time, your low feeling will become less, and you’ll start to find happiness in your new normal.
Learning to live with a disability is hard, so don’t think you need to pretend. There will be bad days where you feel like giving up. It’s normal. Let people close to you know how you are feeling. Reach out for support when you need it the most.
Sometimes, we need to lose it all before we find ourselves. Dealing with the loss of a life you once had changes you, but it doesn’t define you. You are still the same wonderful person before you arrived at this point. Living with a disability isn’t always easy, but you can do it. Interaction Disability services are here when you need them the most. You might even become someone else’s source of inspiration.