Most of us deal with stress at times, whether it’s pressures from work, school, family or money. But when you have a disability you have that other added difficulty on top. Maybe you’ve had a bad day or week with your condition, perhaps it’s been a struggle getting to and from appointments, you might just be exhausted and fed up with trying to deal with things that other people find seemingly easy. For this reason, de-stressing as a disabled person is more important than ever; the mind and body are strongly linked, and if you feel stressed on the inside it could exacerbate your condition and the way you feel on the outside. Here are just a few of the ways you can try and relax and unwind and put yourself in the best frame of mind.
Make Your Surroundings Pleasant
Home is our refuge from the world, a place we go to relax and unwind and recover from all of the stresses of daily life. So it makes sense that our surroundings need to be as pleasant as possible. Declutter and get rid of anything you no longer need, invest in good storage so that you’re not surrounded in clutter. If your decor looks worse for wear, have your rooms done out in light neutral shades which will make any home look bright and spacious. Purchase good quality furniture that will last you- a decent sofa and a high quality mattress are two examples. According to Frugal Mommy, an air purifier is a good addition since they can both reduce stress and improve health. Living plants and flowers can also boost mood, and be sure to add a couple of touches that make your home feel like yours. Go for quality over quantity, but a framed photo, travel memento or piece of decor that reflects your tastes and style will help your home to feel like yours. That way if you’re having a rough time, you have your little sanctuary at home where you can feel calm and rejuvenate yourself.
Speak To Your Doctor
As someone with a disability, chances are you’re a frequent at your doctors surgery and they know you very well. However we can all be guilty of hiding our feelings, disability or not and many people suffer with mental health issues alone. Don’t, if you feel that your stress is more of a long term and is possibly depression or anxiety then open up to your GP. They can recommend therapy or medication that will get you back on track.
Build a Support System
As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. Sometimes, just the act of chatting with someone, getting things off our chest and hearing a different perspective is all we need to get us through a stressful time. As well as friends and family, how about chatting to people online? If you use a disability forum, Facebook groups or anything else then you will meet people who deal with the same trials and tribulations as you. Having someone who understands what you’re going through can be a great source of support.
My blog is my home where I have met many amazing people that I would not have met otherwise, all because of my disability.
Do you have any tips for dealing with stress as a disabled person? I would love to know in the comments.