While some people are born with a disability, most people become disabled due to an accident, sickness or some other unfortunate incident. A disability can be mild or severe in nature; however, disability does not have to stop a person from leading a fulfilled life. Following are some tips that can help one find happiness in spite of physical and/or mental impairment.
The end goal for many disabled people is to be able to care for themselves as much as possible. This is a great goal but it is not one that will be reached overnight. A person who has recently become disabled will need to set smaller goals and look at each goal as a step toward that goal of greater independence.
The nature of these goals will naturally vary, depending on what sort of disability a person has. A person who has lost a leg, for instance, will probably set goals involving learning how to walk, run and ride a bike while a person who has lost an arm may need to not only learn how to manage daily tasks but also get vocational training that will enable him or her to find a job and become self sufficient. The hearing or visually impaired will naturally have different goals depending on the severity of the impairment, age and state of health.
However, everyone can set incremental goals and then celebrate upon reaching these goals. Doing so not only helps a person feel fulfilled but also enables him or her to make steady progress towards self sufficiency.
Thankfully, most countries have organizations that are dedicated to helping disabled people. You will probably want to find an organization that can not only provide moral support but also practical help in securing government disability benefits, getting job training and/or finding work. Getting support will help you reach your goals and also make friends with others who have faced the same problems you are facing now.
Start a Hobby
A hobby is a great way to pass the time and can help a person to feel useful and fulfilled. A person should choose a hobby that he or she feels comfortable with; however, do not automatically shy away from a hobby that may be challenging or even quite difficult. In many cases, stretching yourself and doing something that may at first seem impossible will help you gain new abilities and renewed self confidence.
Disabilities can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort, but they do not have to stop you from leading a fulfilling and happy life. Make realistic goals for yourself, get help from organizations and individuals who have experience with the disability you are facing and find activities you enjoy doing and engage in them. As you put these simple tips into practice, you will be able to master more and more new tasks and gain the fulfillment and joy that comes along with leading a useful life and being able to care for yourself and your family.
Matthew Wallace, MD advises physicians and business owners on how to incorporate sound financial planning principals into their busy lives and protect against the real threat of losing one’s income due to disability. Prior to entering the financial planning profession, for eight years Matthew practiced Family Medicine before being severely injured in an auto accident that left him unable to continue his medical career.
He lives in Orange County, CA and is married with three beautiful children. Matthew is an avid chess player, an aspiring chef and writes for his website www.doctordisability.com.