Managing Stress with a Disability: Life After Your Settlement

Managing Stress with a Disability: Life After Your Settlement

After your settlement, there will be a feeling of great relief. However, the calm after the storm comes with its own set of challenges. 

Adjusting to life with a disability is never easy. Change is difficult, and finding ways to cope with certain limitations is a challenge. Learning to accept your disability is a process, filled with highs and lows. Experts encourage those in this situation to allow themselves a period of mourning. Experiencing sadness and frustration is normal, and should not be suppressed. Allowing yourself to feel and express yourself honestly will help you through the adjustment, and will also assist those close to you to be more helpful.

Gaining knowledge of your rights as a disabled person is key. Being able to advocate for yourself, in public spaces, and the healthcare system will empower you to stand up for what you need and deserve, rather than feel helpless. There are many tools and technologies at your disposal that can give you control over the types of activities you are able to take part in. 

The activities that you were able to do in the past may be inaccessible in your new situation. If you are unable to do the things you used to enjoy, it is important to cultivate new passions. Volunteering is a wonderful way to find purpose and be productive. There are a variety of opportunities, many of which can be done from home. Staying engaged in creative processes and hobbies can be very beneficial for your mental health. Taking care of an animal can offer companionship and fight isolation. 

Finally, although it may look different than it had in the past, maintaining strong health is invaluable. Not only is fitness physically important, but exercise also helps to improve sleep, relieve stress, and reduce anxiety and depression. Eating a healthy and balanced diet will boost energy and help with the proper functioning of your immune system. Make getting seven to nine hours of quality sleep a priority. Sleep is important for removing toxins and protecting brain function. 

Stress is hard on the body and mind for all people, but for those living with a disability, it can make symptoms worse and daily life extremely challenging. Manage stress by finding relaxation techniques, hobbies, exercises, and eating habits that work for you. Finding balance and healthy coping strategies through the post-settlement transitional period must be your goal and priority. While your life may look different, you deserve for it to be as rich and fulfilling as possible. 

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