If you have been injured or are disabled in any way there is one thing that you share with everyone else who is also on disability. That is the daily struggle to stay positive. It can be a real challenge sometimes to keep your head up and to stay motivated.
With the right strategies and tools, you will be able to give yourself a real advantage. Here are some things that you can try to help you to heal and deal with your day to day.
1. You know your body
The doctors that you will have met with will be able to tell you all about your current physical state and also be able to give you timelines for recovery and advice. What they will not know is exactly how you’re feeling. Only you will be able to tell them that. It is important that you are open and honest with them so that they know exactly what you are experiencing so that they can modify the medication or treatment accordingly. If you withhold any information you will not be doing yourself any favours.
2. Go at your own pace
You will have people judge you as you recover and expect you to be able to do things, and often enough, not be able to do things. You cannot let yourself live with other people’s expectations. For your long-term physical and mental health you need to stay on top of things and make sure that you are in a good place at all times.
3. Be realistic
If your doctors have given you a timeframe for your recovery then you should listen to them. You don’t need to be a hero and overdoing it before you’re ready can cause some real problems and even delay the speed at which you’re able to recover. You should not let yourself be held back either. If you are feeling strong enough then you should not stop yourself from doing all of the things that you want to do.
4. Don’t let your disability or injury define you
You can decide who you are and you should not feel that you have been stuck in a box and forced to conform to how other people understand what you’re going through. Many people will assume a lot about you. It is up to you to change their minds and defy their expectations. You should no be shy about correcting people if they say or do something that undermines you in any way. Even if the person who does it is doing it out of kindness. You need to nip any misunderstandings in the bud.
5. Try new things
You should be open-minded about trying new activities, foods and meeting people. This can be a great way to stay active and enjoy your life.
6. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
This is something that you should take to heart. You don’t need to always be super confident and happy. There will be good days and bad days and guess what, that’s perfectly okay. It’s how you keep going that is the important part.
7. Get a great disability lawyer
To ensure that you are accessing the benefits that you deserve and that your employer treats you fairly, you will need the disability claims expertise of a lawyer. This is very important if you want to be happy in the long run. This can guarantee so many positive things about your future.
You should only do what the doctor recommends, but exercise can help release some tension and get the blood flowing. Regular walks or physio can do wonders for your state of mind.