Physical limitations, disabilities, and chronic pain issues can take their toll on an individual’s emotional wellbeing. Day-in and day-out, challenges and struggles associated with limited mobility can be exhausting and impede quality of life. Try these tips and tricks for living well with mobility issues that can help!
Do you live with physical limitations or disabilities? It can certainly take a toll on emotional wellbeing over time. If you have mobility issues, consider ways to improve accessibility, like mobility aids and equipment; increasing convenience and improving autonomy can do wonders for a person’s mood and mental health, too. Consider some pragmatic tips for staying emotionally well with limited mobility- or gain some new strategies during Emotional Wellness Month this year.
Tips for living well include:
Observe Emotional Wellness Month and Learn Something New
Observe Emotional Wellness Month this October and learn how to take better care of your emotional health and wellbeing. This annual event aims to bring awareness, understanding, and acceptance of how integral emotional wellbeing is to holistic health. This observance also offers ways to manage your emotions during times of challenge, difficulty, and change.
Advocate for Yourself Every Day
Taking care of yourself often involves being an advocate for your needs. You know yourself best- and are able to identify the distinct challenges that you face; advocate for change to make your life easier! Whether this means taking charge of your own healthcare decisions or choosing to age in place in your own home, be your own best advocate every day.
Strive for Autonomy
Even if you face obstacles that impede some of the things you would like to do or accomplish, make the most of what you can do at this point in time. Do not allow mobility challenges to make you complacent or abandon dreams and goals that you aspire to. Take advantage of the amazing technological tools and aids that are available widely and look closer at ways to improve your own accessibility.
Set Goals and Reach Them
So, speaking of goals try to set goals that are realistic. Try a few smaller objectives and goals to build momentum as you make progress toward larger aims. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself in terms of lofty plans and unrealistic goals—this can set you up for disappointment. Give yourself credit for small steps- good job!
Accept Offers of Help from Others
Try not to go it alone. It is often instinctual to decline offers of help from others when struggling. Why not let others lend a hand? Think about it this way- perhaps offering and helping is their way of adding some meaning and purpose to their own life. It is a win-win for both of you.
Never Stop Looking for Meaning and Purpose
Experts agree that we all need a sense of purpose and meaning in our life- it is essential for well-being. Do not let a disability or limitation define you and limit the ways that you can be of service to others. Never stop looking for meaning in the life that you live:
- Volunteer! Giving your time and efforts to others is an excellent way to feel better and build a meaningful life.
- Get involved in a new activity or hobby- learn something new! For example, if you have always wanted to learn how to play an instrument, make now the time to start.
- Do something for those that do nice things for you. Reciprocating kindness can make you feel warm and fuzzy.
Consider a Pet for Companionship
Pamper yourself with the love of a pet- which is great for emotional wellbeing. Those living alone may benefit from the companionship of a dog, cat, or other animal- nurturing and engaging with pets has been shown to be good for emotional health. Just make sure you are able to care for it and take on the added responsibility of a pet. If you are unsure, perhaps spend some time visiting or volunteering at a nearby shelter or humane society for a healthy dose of animal therapy.
Take Care of Your Health
If you want to feel on top of your game, it is important to take care of your health. This is even more vital when you live with physical limitations or disabilities. Staying active and socializing are key aspects of maintaining wellbeing- as well as eating a nutritious diet. Not sure about exercise with your mobility issues? Talk to a mobility professional about mobility aids that can increase your own independence and prevent you from missing out on life.
Take care of your emotional wellbeing and increase accessibility with mobility aids and equipment from Pacific Mobility. Improving access can enhance everyday living- which can help fend off depression and anxiety. Try these tips today!
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)