This is a collaborative post.
According to recent figures, there are almost 14 million people in the UK who are disabled – and over 3 million of these people are still working, which means they’re juggling so much more than the average healthy person.
And this got me thinking – how can you make life easier for yourself if you have mobility issues, or how can you help a loved one cope better (and more independently) with their disability?
Here’s what I’ve found:
Joining Groups and Meeting People
When it comes to boosting your well-being and feeling more positive about things, nothing helps more than talking to others who are in a similar situation to you. And not only is it great to feel like there’s someone who understands what you’re going through, but a bit of interaction does you the world of good, particularly if you’re confined to four walls for the majority of your time.
Thankfully, there is plenty of these groups available, whether they’re at your local community centre or even online. From asking questions about how they cope to just having a friendly chat about nothing in particular, these groups can help remove a lot of the isolation you may be experiencing.
Getting the Right Vehicle
One of the first things you may think when you find out you’ve got a mobility issue is that you’ll never drive again. You’ll never have the independence to go off and do what you want to do when you want to do it. Right?
Technology has advanced at an exponential rate over the last few decades which means there are wheelchair accessible vehicles available from companies like Allied Mobility. They’re designed to offer you a comfortable, safe driving experience so nothing’s off limits.
Setting Achievable Goals
You may feel useless and completely disillusioned some days, which is understandable. And that’s why depression often accompanies disabilities.
However, the key to overcoming these darker days is to start setting yourself tasks that you can complete on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. It doesn’t matter how big or small these are because by simply ticking things off a list you’ll feel much more positive mentally.
Finding it hard to achieve things one day? You may find some computer-based work or another less physical tasks is enough to drive you forward and make sure you feel as though you’re still getting something done.
Find what works for you and what makes you feel better and start to put plans in place that give you as much independence as possible. With the help of these support groups, technology and your own motivation, you’ll soon be enjoying the freedom to do what you want when you want.