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Coming to Terms with Change, Finding a Positive Outlook

Nov 11, 2007
There are many reasons for disability, many people are born with a disabilities, these people unless severely disabled, learn ways round or ways to cope with disability far better than most as this is how life has always been, they are in the main, far more accepting of their situation, but for instance if you have been able bodied all your life but then suddenly due to illness, accident or injury you find yourself without the use of limbs, sight or any other debilitating factor, how do you adapt and cope with that?

It is not just a case of coming to terms with the actual disability; disability affects people not only physically but mentally as well. Emotions such as anger, frustration, and resentment are perfectly normal especially if you have been used to living a totally independent and active life.

Learning to ask for help or accepting help is often a hard thing to do, being open with family and friends about your feelings right from the start can be a great way of others coming to terms with your disability too. Disability quite often affects a wider circle of people than just the individual with the disability. By learning to accept your new life and start to view life with a more positive outlook can be the start of the healing process and accomplishing new things. Just because you have a disability does not mean that life stops, it just means that you have to approach it in a different manner.

There are many great individuals that have been disabled, look at sporting events such as the Olympics for proof of this, there are many great sports personalities who are in a wheelchair but still continuing an active life. The main barrier is the mental barrier; this can often be the biggest hurdle of all to overcome. Adjusting ambitions or targets in life, accepting the fact that life may have to take a change of direction and that perhaps other goals need to be set can sometimes give you the enthusiasm to strive to achieve new heights.

Another way to help yourself are support groups etc, realizing that you are not the only person with the condition or disability you suffer with is another eye-opener, there perhaps are people out there with worse disabilities than yourself but because of a positive attitude and positive mental thinking do not let anything get in the way, as the saying goes where there is a will there is a way, it might take longer to get there but the satisfaction will most probably be far greater in the end.

Instead of climbing mountains regard challenges as hills. Hills can be just a steep as mountains but a hill does not sound so insurmountable, set yourself realistic goals and challenges, after all Rome was not built in a day! Start by finding out about disability aids and services which could make life just that little easier, find out about how other people in similar positions have change their mind set to think of their disability positively, not just being defeatist. There are all manner of support groups, advice centres, even shops which can offer disability aids, guides and information. All these services are there to help.

Making the best of a bad situation has always been good advice, there have been many people who have achieved more since disability than they ever could have imagined before, whether that be personal goals, fund raising or simply being more motivated to achieve. When we look at children with disability their outlook is always seems to be a far more positive one, children generally are more accepting of change. We all able bodied and disabled could learn so much from this.
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Shaun Parker explores the effects of disability disability aids and coming to terms with change. For more inspiration please visit http://www.euromedical.co.uk/
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