Strategies for survival

Aug 26, 2015
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When faced with disability, it may have a profound impact on you, but it can transform your life in unexpected ways. Adjusting to your new reality can be a struggle but it can be overcome. You can battle and continue to live life successfully by keeping certain things in mind. Here are five suggestions for dealing with a disability. Acceptance Is the Key The sudden change may overwhelm you or even cause a lot of stress. But, these emotions are absolutely normal. You need to grieve, and it is okay to take time to acknowledge the emotions brought on by the change in your life. Losing a part of yourself can never be easy. But by accepting it, you can make life a bit simpler for yourself. Once you have accepted your disability, it’s important to assess it.

  • Understand the nature of the disability, and acquire as much information about it as possible. Learning more about it will give you a perspective and insight medically.
  • Learn to deal with the emotional reactions of others. Always try to be as positive and approachable as you can be.
  • Keep yourself as active as you can be. Find an exercise facility and work hard to gain physical strength. Also, seek a recreation plan for your future. Set realistic goals for yourself and celebrate your achievements.
  • Address your healthcare needs and adhere to nutrition guidelines.

Keep a Positive Outlook

Always look to keep yourself active within your community and church. By making yourself approachable and healthy and active you will start to look at the bright side of life. By staying optimistic, you will be able to make significant differences in your physical and mental situations. Plus, this will help with social interactions because people will see your positivity. Focus on your strengths rather than your weaknesses, and further work on growing your abilities and talents. Build your mental strength to an extent that the reactions of others don’t bother you. Don’t let anyone or anything keep you from discovering and completing your personal goals. Yoga and meditation are two ways amongst others that can help you maintain your peace of mind.

Seek Help from Close Ones and Professionals

Understand that there is no shame in asking for help. Seek enrollment in support groups with people who face the same challenges. Get involved in adaptive sports to stay physical fit and socially active. A professional healthcare giver or a recreational therapist can play an important role – having someone to talk with and plan activities to keep you healthy and active can be an essential link to moving forward with you life. Talk to others professionals such as occupational therapists, counselors, doctors, friends, and family who will help you find goals, rediscover your purpose in life and to seek happiness. Support Group are also a great way to discuss and find dreams and goals.

Learn What Helps You Feel Better and Happy

Taking good care of yourself from a physical fitness and recreational standpoint is very essential. Focus on your spiritual, mental and physical health. A balanced diet and regular exercise are important for everyone. At the end of the day, we are all in the same boat. Talk with your physician or a dietitian regarding the exercise and a nutrition plan to keep your life healthy and active.


At any time health issues and accidents can make a permanent change in your life. But, remember that you hold the key to leading a healthy active lifestyle. By making a commitment to being healthy and active this will lead you to a level of success that you never imagine. Please seek community or national resources and find existing programs and organizations that can help you. Take charge of your life! Look to always move forward.

Author: Rachel Oliver