There are a number of different types of disabilities and illnesses. Some people have a physical disability since birth, while others develop or get them during their lifetime. It can be due to aging, an accident, environmental pollution, lifestyle choices, or any kind of deficiency. Sudden physical disability can take a toll on the psychological and emotional well being of a person. It also takes people some time to adjust to what is missing and look for an alternative way to deal with the circumstances. It is not easy, especially when it is a sudden occurrence.
You are happy with your friends and family and your professional life, and out of the blue, something happens that stops you from enjoying life the way you used to. You may or may not be able to support your family in financial matters, your professional career is now just a dream, and everything in your life is collapsing. However, you need to move on and adapt to things the way they are. Here are a few ways to cope with a sudden physical disability.
1. Self Acceptance
Individuals who are left to face sudden disabilities have a hard time accepting it. They remain in denial because of the fear and anger building up inside. If the anger is directed towards the self though, it takes the shape of depression. People start to isolate themselves because they do not want others to see how vulnerable they are. But these behaviors will lead to frustration and will ruin your self-esteem. You need to accept the way you are and deal with it by thinking about what you should be doing now. Once you are able to embrace your new self, you will be able to move forward without the guilt and with high expectations.
2. Talk to Someone
Do not let resentment build up in your heart. This will take the ugly shape of hatred and lead to more emotional and psychological damage. By expressing your feelings, you will be able to think rationally. The brain tends to twist things around and meddle with one’s perception, especially when a person is going through depression. You can talk to a loved one or a therapist, as they will help you make sense of what’s right, and what’s simply an illusion created by your mind. You may then be able to accept yourself, and learn to bury those feelings inside you. But there will always be a chance of relapsing and developing the feeling of guilt and resentment until and unless you do not talk to someone.
3. Move on from your Past
Stop thinking about what happened again and again. This will hinder your growth and you will not be able to build a better future for yourself. Life may not have been fair to you, but by holding a grudge, you are actually making it more difficult. Your luck is in your hand. You can either use the disability in your favor and be motivated by it, or you can sit and get angry about it, while ruining your future along the way.
So forgive, forget, be optimistic, and make things happen. Do not let your physical disability define you.