How to Find Something to Live for After Becoming Disabled

The moment when you realize that your unrestrained physical and/or mental freedom has come to an end, can be devastating. Sometimes it happens at the moment of diagnosis. Sometimes months after diagnosis as you attempt to do things that used to be easy. Either way, the experience is a reality altering experience that can leave you wondering why you should keep going. When you lose sight of the big picture, it can take a helping hand to part the veil and help you see what you’ve been missing. Here are some things you can do to help you make the transition and remember that there is still so much to do, experience, and become. And that is worth living for.

Stay active

You might not be able to do a lot of the things you could previously do, but there are still ways you can stay active. Try exercises that work new parts of your body. You should stay active for your physical and emotional well-being. Don’t underestimate the positive effects a workout can have on your brain, body, and emotions.

Consult a doctor first before you try a new exercise. There could already be a recommended course or physical therapy that fits your situation, but doctors will also know what new workouts will work for you.

Consider exercises like yoga, boxing, or various types of aerobics to keep your heart and body strong. Be creative with your normal activities or chores to combine them with your daily workout. Exercise will help you feel strong, confident, and capable.

Try new things

Calligraphy says breathe and smileNew hobbies can keep your life interesting and exciting. They can give you a new perspective on your life and your purpose as you discover new skills.

Write a book. Start a blog. Go on an adventure. Try painting, sewing, calligraphy, photography—anything that suits your interest. A man from England learned how to paint while paralyzed from the neck down by holding his paint brush in his mouth. You never know what skills you have until you try them.

Even if you aren’t sure you have the abilities for a particular skill, there are resources available. Take a class for a skill you’ve been wanting to try. You will meet new people and learn new things that can brighten your life.

New hobbies could also turn into new opportunities. You never know what kind of skill you could market. Research your skill. Look for ways to market your skill in your local area. Your passion could take you to amazing places.

Always remember that changes are hard to adapt to. New hobbies or interests won’t take away your physical or emotional pain, but they can help you focus your energy on something productive, which will make a big difference in your life.

Look outward

Be careful where your mind takes you. Dwelling too much on your problems will weigh you down and block your progress. Try to take your mind off your problems by thinking about how you can help others.

A great way to lighten your burden is through service. Service is good for the soul. It can change your perspective on your life as you build good relationships and realize that there is always good you can contribute. Those contributions can enrich not only others’ lives, but yours as well, by showing the world what you are really made of.

You don’t have to go far to serve. Get involved with family, friends, neighbors, or your community. Talk to others to find out what hidden needs you can fulfill. The relationships you gain through reaching out can help you remember how fulfilling life can be with inter-personal connections.

You could also join a support group. Support groups give you an outlet for frustrations and a community of friends who can help you cope with your struggles. You will find that you too can be that support and comfort to others.

Together you can volunteer or serve in your community. Anything that helps you collaborate with others for a good cause will lift your spirits and remind you there is a lot to live for. And you have the power to help others remember that.



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