Becoming disabled can be very overwhelming and if you are anything like me; it feels like you are caught in a whirlwind. When I got sick it almost felt like life as I knew it stopped. All of a sudden there were doctor appointments and just trying to figure out what was happening to my life. After I realized that my sight was not coming back I then had more people telling me and trying to help me learn how to do things now that I was blind. It felt as if everyone was just pulling me one way or another.
Throughout this whole process, I do not remember anyone asking me what I wanted. I did speak up a couple of times for little things. I do credit my mom with helping get me to where I am today and knowing when to push me to be more independent. However, there were very few times that I actually took time to do things just for me, and this is very important.
It has taken me many years to learn just how important it is to take time out for you. When you first become disabled I believe that it is even more important to take the time to do nice things for yourself. Disability can be very depressing so pampering yourself can help you feel like you are the person you remember. If you have always enjoyed bubble baths take one, if possible. Listen to some of your favorite music. I think music is very important for healing and I will write an article about music at a later date. Put on your favorite outfit, you know the one, the one that makes you feel special and beautiful or handsome.
The whole point of taking time out for yourself is to block out the whirlwind that is now surrounding you. If you even just want to spend the day in bed and watch TV and not answer the phone. The important thing is that it makes you feel good! Being newly disabled does not mean your life stops and I promise the whirlwind will calm down. Just remember that you are still you, just a little bit different.
Another idea since it is the height of spring when I am writing this, go outside and smell the flowers and enjoy the sunshine! Taking time alone will do wonders to recharge your batteries!
As always remember that you are still a valuable person and you are still you!
Smile and take care,
Don’t forget to schedule our chat, just friends because I know you may be feeling very overwhelmed right now and I understand what it’s like to be newly disabled. Would you like to talk about it for a little bit? If you have some time in the next week or so please let me know so we can get to know each other. We can think of it as friends meeting over a cup of coffee. Just email me at email@example.com
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