Newly Disabled? 4 Helpful Strategies for Adjusting to Your New Life

Posted On Wednesday, 06 March 2019
Newly Disabled? 4 Helpful Strategies for Adjusting to Your New Life

Dealing with a disability can be extremely challenging. It can also be difficult to accept your disability if you have recently been diagnosed.

There will likely be many emotions you will have to work through and various obstacles you will need to overcome. It can take time to adjust to your life the way it is now. However, there are many steps you can take in order to successfully adapt.

The following information provides four helpful strategies you may want to consider in order to make the adjustment period easier for you.

1) Maintain a Positive Outlook
It can be hard to accept that you may not be able to continue your old way of life. However, it is vital that you remember there are likely many things you can still do and look forward to. What you are able to do will vary depending on your level of disability, but there might be ways you can adapt your lifestyle in order to continue to work, travel, get out of the house, and enjoy the hobbies you love. For example, if you have to now use a wheelchair, you might want to look into buying a wheelchair-accessible vehicle that is modified in a way that allows you to still drive.

2) Create a Support System
Having a strong support system is very important when you are facing challenges, such as a disability. No matter what your disability may be, it is important to still find ways to enjoy your life and spend it with the people you care most about. If you are open and honest about your feelings and concerns, your friends and family will likely be able to offer you some sound advice. Having people to lean on can make it easier to adjust, and allowing others to help you can even strengthen your relationships.

3) Sort out Your Finances
For many people, becoming disabled can affect their ability to continue their jobs. In this instance, there are many options you can consider. For example, you may be able to convince your employer to allow you to work remotely. You might also be able to begin applying for work from home jobs. If these options are not suitable for your situation, you may want to speak with a Social Security lawyer who can assist you with applying for disability.

4) Set Realistic Goals
It can be easy to become discouraged if you aren’t able to accomplish things you once were. However, it is important to be patient and understanding with yourself. You need to understand your limitations and accept them. You can set new goals for yourself, which will give you something to look forward to and will help you feel productive.

Overall, a disability can be life-changing. It can take a lot of effort to navigate all of the issues you may face. It is important to try to maintain a positive mindset and outlook. Even when things are hard, if you are hopeful about your future, this will allow you to achieve more and enjoy the valuable moments in your life.

Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her three-year-old husky Snowball.

Twitter: @LizzieWeakley

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