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How to Overcome the Challenges of Physical Disabilities

Posted on Dec 12, 2014

We all have problems which affect us in different ways. However, unlike psychological or emotional problems, physical disabilities are more challenging because they can’t really be fixed by sheer will and a better mood. Nevertheless, an untreatable physical disability is not the end of the world. There are so many physically impaired people who achieve incredible things and lead full lives. Today we are going to talk about a few simple ideas that can help people with physical disabilities overcome their daily challenges.

Relinquish the concept of normal

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Humans are social beings. They need to be part of a group and to be socially accepted. As such, they created the concept of “normal”. Being normal means being like everybody else, meaning socially accepted. However, being part of the crowd is not the most important thing in the world. The truth is that whether we like it or not, we are all different, and people with physical disabilities are not the only ones having a hard time fitting in.

If you have a disability, you must let go of this desire of fitting in, and instead focus on actions and goals. Start thinking of what would make you happy and develop a plan in order to achieve your happiness goals. When visualizing happiness don’t focus on the happiness promoted in advertisements. For some people, happiness is money whilst for others it can be family, freedom, art, nature and so on. Don’t define your own happiness in terms of other people’s opinions.

Be as independent as possible

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Nowadays, there are a lot of solutions that can help disabled people achieve independence. The classic wheelchair is only a valid option for people who are still young and have strength in their arms. For older, weaker people a wheelchair is just another way of depending on someone else. A better solution is a mobility scooter which can be easily maneuvered even by people with limited strength. You can learn more about these devices if you read some of the reviews posted on

A great way of achieving independence is by adapting your home to your needs. Start by placing all necessary items in easy to reach locations. Remove carpets in order to avoid tripping or in order to use your mobility scooter indoors. If you live in a house with more than one floor, consider installing a home stair lift. These devices are very safe and easy to use. Moreover, they are suited not only for physically disabled people, but also for elderly people for whom the stairs are a nightmare to climb. There are several brands on the market that produce these devices. Since a stair lift can be a major investment, we advise you to do some research before buying anything. On you can find several reviews of the top rated stair lifts from the most popular brands.

Extend your comfort zone

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While it is essential to adapt your home to your needs, this doesn’t mean that the home is the only place where you can feel comfortable. It is truth that while expanding your comfort zone, you will encounter many challenges. However, only the first ones will be difficult to overcome, as in time you will learn to stop fearing failure and to become inventive when overcoming your challenges. For example, you may think that there is no way that you can practice a sport if you are in a wheelchair or a mobility scooter. Nevertheless, there are some options available: you can play golf, cricket or sports designed for especially people with disabilities. Isolating yourself indoors is a sure way to give up on life and one of the worst mistakes that you can make.