If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and is now struggling to cope with a disability, then you’re probably worried about what the future has in store for you. While it may look bleak, there are some steps that you or your loved one can take to try to minimize the impact that a disability has on your life. This week on the blog, we want to take a look at some of those tips in hopes that they’ll make living with a disability just a little bit easier.
- Accept your emotions: It’s our default to try to suppress emotions. But this isn’t healthy. Don’t force yourself to put on a happy face. Instead, allow yourself to feel whatever emotions come to you so that you can find acceptance.
- Focus on what hasn’t been taken from you: It’s normal to mourn after suffering a disabling injury. After all, something has been taken from you. But try your best not to dwell on what you have lost and instead try to focus on what you still have and what you can still do. This can give you motivation and momentum in your recovery.
- Be open to new opportunities: New treatments and living assistance may be available to you as time goes on. Be open to these new ideas as they can make your life just a little bit easier.
- Seek out support: You’re not weak when you ask for help. In fact, it takes strength and courage to recognize your limitations and seek out assistance. Your family and friends can support you, but don’t overlook the benefits of a mental health professional and support groups.
We know that these steps are easier said than done, and they are oversimplified given the complexities of your situation. But what we want you to take away from this post is that there is hope even after suffering a disabling injury. If you think that a legal claim and the recovery that may result from it is part of that hope, then teams like ours stand ready to assist you.