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How can I learn to live with a disability?

While getting approved for Social Security disability can be difficult on its own, you’ll also need to cope with limitations put on your life by your medical condition. This can be one of the most challenging aspects of being disabled, especially when it comes to maintaining a positive mood and point-of-view. While every person will have a different experience, HelpGuide.org offers a few tips to help you cope.

Focus on good health

While you may be limited by your disability, it’s important to focus on maintaining good health as much as possible. Getting proper nutrition is key in this case, as it will make you feel better in body and spirit. Cut down on processed foods and sugars and make vegetable, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins an important part of your diet. Also, be sure you’re drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

Ask for help when you need it

You will likely need help on your journey. This entails both moral support as well as physical assistance preparing meals, getting around, or doing chores. Don’t be afraid to seek out support from friends and family when you’re in need. Even if you just need a shoulder to cry on, having a strong social network can greatly boost your recovery. You might even consider joining a support group with other disabled individuals, which allows you to spend time with people facing the same struggles you are.

Accept happiness despite limitations

When limited in your ability, you may feel like happiness is no longer attainable. Nothing could be further from the truth, but you must rid your mind of previously conceived notions on what happiness looks like. You shouldn’t dwell on what you can no longer do, as this will only make it harder to attain happiness on your own terms. Accept the reality of the situation and dedicate yourself to living the best possible life you can with your current disability. 

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