Mobility issues are something that no one should have to face. There is a daily toil that comes with being disabled, both mentally and physically. Still, such people are among the bravest and most intelligent of humanity, and provide daily inspiration for millions of people facing hardship. While it can be difficult to cope with, having mobility issues by no means indicates that you’re stuck; whether in a physical space or in life in general.
By rounding it down from a place of extreme hardship, life can be made easier when living with mobility issues. Here’s how.
Join/Start a Peer Group
Beginning exchanges and relationships with those experiencing a similar struggle can do wonders for your wellbeing. Aside from common ground, a healthy dose of quality social interaction can make even the most disenfranchised people feel like they have a belonging. This, no doubt, makes life easier, and is a pleasure no disability can quash.
You can start or join a peer group online, or even join a group in the real world once a week or so if that’s something you feel like you can manage. This will help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation, and remind you that while you have mobility issues, you aren’t frozen in a saddening stasis. You’re alive, free, and can be surrounded by people who treat you the way you deserve to be treated.
Set Yourself Goals
Unfortunately, living with mobility issues can lead to a sense of disillusionment and uselessness. Depression is not an uncommon companion to those with disabilities, and it’s important that it’s fought every step of the way. Ultimately, thoughts of guilt in being cared for and losing independence can creep on in, but to be perfectly clear, that does not make them at all valid.
Days fair far better when you set yourself tasks to complete throughout the day. No matter how big or how small, ticking boxes on any to-do list can be enough to raise spirits and generate a positive mentality. If the going is particularly tough one day, a work-based distraction is enough to keep you motivated and as independent as possible. In the end, this can raise your self-esteem, and make you realise that you have something to contribute to society and to others.
It can be easy to assume that, when living with mobility issues, you might never be inside a vehicle again; at least not comfortably. Transport is geared specifically toward those who are mobile and freely move around, and there’s not a single exception in sight, right? Well, you’re wrong.
As technology has developed, wheelchair accessible vehicles are now a common sight on any and all roads. They’re designed and built with safety and comfort in mind. This means you can go anywhere, see anything and everything and that nothing at all is off limits to you. Go and enjoy your freedom and your life, because it’s all out there waiting for you!