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Ellen Diamond

Top Tips to Overcome the Mental and Emotional Impacts of a Physical Disability

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Ellen Diamond, (2021, May 13). Top Tips to Overcome the Mental and Emotional Impacts of a Physical Disability. Psychreg on Mental Health. https://www.psychreg.org/mental-and-emotional-impacts-physical-disability/
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Facing life with a disability will have a massive impact on your overall mental and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, the restrictions of your disability may hinder everyday tasks that would otherwise be effortless to complete. What’s more, you may already feel overwhelmed with the details of claiming disability benefits and all the legalities that go along with such claims. However, mental health concerns should be included in your claim, and a professional disability lawyer will know just how to assist with these details. 

When it comes to coping with the emotional impacts of a physical disability, we have listed some tips that will enable you to combat your emotional turmoil and enhance your quality of life despite your disability.

Rely on your support system

Your support system is your friends and family, and even if you feel you would rather not burden them with the details of your emotional struggles, you should rely on them to talk about how you are feeling. Everyone needs a support system, which is especially true for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with an injury or illness that caused a disability. Simply speaking about how you feel will leave you a bit lighter.

Adapt with the help of professionals

Your new inability to do things as you once could significantly deplete self-confidence, which can spiral into depression substantially fast. Instead of giving up, you should find ways to adapt to your restriction. You can consider physical therapy sessions in which a specialist will help you rehabilitate to function with your disability. Finding ways to adapt to your disability will help you regain self-confidence, which will benefit your mental and emotional health significantly.

Give yourself time

If you feel as though your whole life has come to an end due to your disability, you may feel like giving up. However, instead of solidifying this idea in your mind, it is vital to be kind to yourself and give yourself the necessary time to accept your new way of life. Instead of either giving up or pushing yourself to adapt as soon as possible, you should be patient in your recovery.

Consider hiring a carer

Previously, you were able to manage all your daily responsibilities and tasks with ease. Now, you might be unable to complete such simple tasks, such as doing the laundry, bathing, and preparing meals. Instead of degrading your self-confidence by attempting to manage everything on your own, it will be worth your while to consider employing a caregiver to help you get through each day. Your home aid can assist will all the tiny details, while your physical therapy sessions help you regain the ability to attempt simple tasks with your disability. 

Takeaway

There are thousands of individuals that battle to overcome the mental and emotional impacts of a disability worldwide. While there is no doubting the extreme challenges you face, you can ultimately soldier through and find a new lease on life with the proper guidance from professionals and enough patience and kindness to your condition.


Ellen Diamond did her degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.


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