We still live in a largely ableist society. So, as persons living with a disability, there would be many times when you may feel that you are at a disadvantage. A lot of opportunities seem inaccessible.

However, your disability shouldn’t stop you from living a happy and meaningful life. Below are some tips that can help improve the quality of your life.

Tips for Persons with Disability to Live a Better Quality Life

It’s not easy to adjust to life with a disability and for many people, it takes a lot of time. So, let’s share a few tips that can help you a little with adjusting to this new life and simultaneously improve the quality of your life.

1.  Accept your Disability

A lot of disabled persons tend to ignore their feelings, They don’t want to acknowledge or address how their disability makes them feel. The more you suppress your feelings, the more harmful it is for your mental and eventually physical health.  The impact of stress, anxiety and depression on physical health is well known in the medical community.

So, no matter how much or little time it’s been since you started living with a disability, acknowledge your feelings and emotions about it. Feeling the pain is the only way to start healing. Give yourself time to grieve your loss. Take your time but eventually come to terms with your new reality, the limitations and the opportunities it brings.

2.  Prioritize your Health

People with disability are 32% more likely to experience psychological distress compared to able-bodied people. As a person living with a disability, you should pay extra attention to your mental health. Make sure you find ways to relax and destress.

With your mental health, also take care of your physical health. Getting a good night’s sleep is extremely important and so is eating a balanced and nutritious diet. Pay attention to what you put inside your body.

Based on your mobility level, try to get some exercise. If it’s possible, go out and get some fresh air.

3.  Find your Purpose

Yes, disabilities do come with their own set of limitations. But that doesn’t mean you need to live a sad and unfulfilled life. Although it’s easier said than done, try to focus more on what you can do rather than what you can’t.

Find the activities that you are interested in. For someone, it could be painting or singing or learning a musical instrument, or simply reading a book. For someone else, it could be volunteering at a shelter or playing with pets. Whatever it is, find the activities that make you happy as well as give a purpose to your life.

Every day, take some time out for your hobby, try to socialize with people and help others whenever you can.

4.   Don’t shy away from Asking for Help

As a person with a disability, you might often feel alone in this battle. And it might compel you to completely shut down. While it’s great to be as self-reliable as possible, you also need to know when and how to ask for help.

It’s important to understand that asking for and accepting help isn’t wrong. It doesn’t make you weak. There’s nothing stronger than acknowledging one’s limitations and reaching out for help when necessary.

Build strong relationships in your life and surround yourself with people you can rely on. Join disability support groups. If required, hire a caretaker for yourself.

Wrapping Up

A person with a disability is as entitled to a better quality of life as anybody else. Don’t let your disabilities limit you. Focus on things you are good at and take care of your physical and mental health. If you need any support or assistance, Providence Healthcare is there for you.