"There’s a lot of stress out there, and to handle it, you just need to believe in yourself; always go back to the person that you know you are, and don’t let anybody tell you any different, because everyone’s special and everyone’s awesome."
“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
“You can always tell what you believe by what you are getting.”
– Alan Cohen
People that are disabled tend to mess up a lot when you are newly disabled. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it is like learning any new skill. Not to many people practice being disabled. This is where being mindful comes in. Pay attention to your actions and thoughts. Notice if your thoughts are positive or negative? Once you can identify any negative thoughts start to reframe those thoughts to be more positive. Here’s an example: “I can’t believe how stupid I must look since I can’t even cut my own meat, or do _______” a more positive thought would be “I know I must look pretty bad right now because I can’t ________, but I’m working on it and soon I will be able to do it on my own again” You see you are acknowledging your thought, but flipping it so it is more positive, but keeping it realistic too. Just take a step back, and watch how you think, talk and act for day or so and then write down what you learned about yourself. Share in the comments if your comfortable.