The Road of Long Term Disability: How to Cope
<>Becoming disabled and facing the many challenges associated with it can be devastating for an individual and their family. Going from healthy and active to disabled can be crippling and many find it difficult to cope and do every day tasks. You may feel depressed and want to spend your day crying. Instead of giving in to the sadness, you may find the road to positivity a better outlet to travel. The following are tips to help you cope.
Acknowledge the Disability
When dealing with a long-term issue, you want to meet the disability head-on. When you admit the presence of it, you can then begin to accept how it will change your life, your family and ways to move forward. Denying that you have a disability will only cause further confusion and problems. This is the first of many steps which can help you progress, especially when your family is facing the mounting challenges such as the additional expenses, recovery time and loss of income.
Enlist a Support System
A disability can have a major effect both mentally and physically. Enlisting help from others can ease your burden, especially if the other members are going through similar issues. A therapist or support group will offer a good ear to listen, and can offer suggestions on how to survive. Friends, family members and co-workers can also help you when things are at their darkest and you may not know where else to turn. Allowing others to help shouldn’t be construed as a sign of weakness. They can help with things around the home, aid in your getting stronger, and be a shoulder to lean on during times of sorrow.
Setting small goals will give you the confidence and strength to progress further. If you’ve become unable to walk, a small feat of taking a step is a great accomplishment and can encourage you to proceed further. You can reward your achievements by celebrating with friends and loved ones. You’ll find that your family can be your biggest cheering squad and sounding board during your road to recovery.
Take Time to Think
After a disability, you need space and time to think. This will allow you to cry, grieve and deal with the anger associated with your disability. This is also part of the healing process. It can speed up your recovery by helping you to adjust to your changes and planning how you will move forward. You may also need time to deal with the repercussions from other family members.
Disability and Family
A disability can put a strain on loved ones, especially if the money is no longer coming in or you need daily care. Remember, not only is your disability causing strain on you mentally, physically and financially, but your loved ones are affected in almost the same manner. The adjustments you and your family must make during this time must be well thought out and discussed. Expressing feelings between both you and your family during your disability will only strengthen your family bonds.
Find an Outlet
Through the help of the Internet, you can research various hobbies and activities until you find something of interest. A creative activity that makes you happy can help you handle depression and give you purpose in life. Finding an outlet that incorporates your family as well is a great idea in dealing with your long term disability. This can help alleviate any underlying stress throughout the family that accompanies the disability.
A long-term disability can be a heavy burden to carry on your own and can interfere with your goals in life. It can be depressing to no longer be able to do the things that you once did. However, the above tips are sure to bring back your positivity and help you and your family restructure your lives to its meaning and purpose.
Believing that positive thinking is healing to one’s spirit empowers Nadine Swayne to present these tips. The law firm of Whitehead and Associates have a legal team that specializes in serving clients nationwide with disability claims. They fight to protect claimants from abusive tactics and strive to reclaim their deserved benefits.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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