Individuals who were brought into the world with a disability may be more adaptable to situations around them than someone who faces an unexpected accident or injury.
Feelings of grief, anger, and a host of other negative emotions can take hold of a person’s psyche and wreck havoc on their life, in addition to the physical impact of an accident or trauma. The following are helpful areas to focus on to relieve the emotional stress of a disability.
How to Relieve the Emotional Stress of Disability
1. Tools and Research
Technology is continuing to make great strides in today’s busy world, and you need to take a proactive approach to your health and wellness. You can do your part by staying on top of the latest innovations in your treatment plans. New products, tools and treatments are continuously being developed, and it could be positive news for your ailment.
2. Massage and Acupuncture
You can take a holistic approach to relieving the emotional stress of your disability through massage and acupuncture. Medications and pills can only mask an illness and allow you to become dependent on them throughout your life.
This is especially dangerous if your injury or illness is permanent. Finding alternative methods of treatment can be beneficial to both your physical and mental outlook. Natural forms of herbs, massage oils and acupuncture actually work with the body to lessen the pain and aid in healing.
3. Laughter as Medicine
Although laughter may be the farthest thing from your mind after a disability, you’ll find it to be great therapy toward your healing process. Mounting bills and a disability denial claim can put you over the edge, especially if you’re no longer able to do normal activities.
Requiring care for the easiest of tasks can also be humiliating. However, friends, family and health and wellness support staff will appreciate your company even more when you retain a positive and jovial attitude. It can also boost your mental outlook on life.
Make a standing appointment to watch a different comedy every day or read a comic strip every morning in your daily newspaper. These are just a couple of simple tips for getting a daily laugh. You can even sign up to receive a joke a day from a variety of websites. You will be amazed how much laughter can de-stress a tense day.
4. Yoga and Meditation
Depending on what type of disability you have encountered, and the extent of your injury, you may find yoga and meditation to be an excellent way to get your mind back on track. A disability can take a toll on an individual both mentally and physically.
Getting yourself to a place that is accepting of the issue and allows you to reach beyond what’s expected can be made possible through yoga and meditation. This Zen form of movement teaches relaxation, deep breathing and small movements of stretching exercises.
Even those who are limited in their abilities to get around may find comfort from the balance it brings to their mind and body.
5. A Good Support System
Your support system is going to be integral to your recovery, so you need to remain upbeat. As the therapy sessions begin to get more difficult, and your pain is at a heightened level, you can replace the complaints with positive comments. Letting them know that you’re grateful and appreciate everything that is being done can go a long way for all parties involved.
A disability doesn’t have to be the end of your world. By appreciating the simple things in life such as your family and friends and focusing on your treatment options, you can relieve the emotional stress of your disability.
Author Jamica Bell is a freelance writer and blogger for Texas disability attorneys Marc Whitehead and Associates.
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