Do you feel sad and trapped by your cerebral palsy? Do you find yourself thinking your life would be so much better without this condition? Living with cerebral palsy isn’t easy, but there are ways to make it easier.
Few people understand the many struggles of dealing with a disability like cerebral palsy. It’s more than the condition itself and the symptoms.
The internal struggle is a big part of it. Always being different from the rest. Dealing with setbacks and complications caused by the symptoms. Wondering what life would be like if things were different.
There are ways to make your life easier. Here are five tips to make your life more enjoyable.
1. Accept Your Situation
Every situation in life has its problematic circumstances. Every change comes with new ones. But there are also abundant possibilities for nicer changes if you focus on positive change.
Change will come when you’re ready to adapt. Sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to. Either way, handle all change by keeping your calm and trying to stay positive.
Living with cerebral palsy can take a lot of time to accept. Forcing yourself when you’re not ready is not the way to go. It’s all about making the transition smooth by changing your outlook over time.
2. Practice a Stoic Frame of Mind
Living with cerebral palsy is no walk in the park. The truth of the matter is that life is always an endurance test, regardless of specific conditions.
It’s hard enough without making things harder for ourselves. Dwelling on problems only leads to pain and worries.
There’s a light side and a dark side to everything. You can learn a lot from hardship. Find the points where your struggle becomes a source of knowledge and experience.
3. Manage Stress and Comfort
Many people scoff at the notion that stress hurts your body and mind a lot. Despite the fact that it’s proven by science.
Stress is awful. Practicing relaxation and mindfulness will make your life easier and more enjoyable.
Tension and stress go hand in hand. They feed each other. Relaxing and stretching out your body will help you feel better.
4. Be Real
It’s rare to see a truly honest person.
Not all moments are ones that bring you joy and pride. There’s a lot of shame, regret, anger, and sadness held in the mind.
Don’t let your memories and feelings, good or bad, constrain you. Don’t wish them away, embrace them. Embrace your cerebral palsy. When you reject things, they’re never resolved and released.
If you face that initial pain, the source of it will dissolve over time. But only if you let it. When you’re honest with yourself, the dark stuff loses its power over you.
Don’t mull over how things could be different. Nobody can change the past or the facts of existence. You can change your response though. Acceptance is the best thing you can give yourself.
5. Open Up About Living With Cerebral Palsy
Every struggle is harder without people who understand you.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that other people’s idea of you can define you. And that you can assume what others think of you. So much of it is all in your head.
You’re probably less honest with others than you are with yourself. No one knows your deepest truths.
We put on an act around each other, acting out expectations. Very few people are themselves around others.
Living with cerebral palsy shouldn’t hold you back from being your full self without shame. Others will understand you better if you share your experience with them.
Expressing your real self and acceptance is what makes others accept you for real. Don’t fear mistakes and judgment. That’s what keeps people trapped. And if someone doesn’t accept you for you, that’s not someone you should keep around.
Don’t hide your feelings and concerns. Don’t be afraid to laugh at the wrong time. Most people are only concerned with what others think of them, not what they think of others.
It’s your life, live it as yourself.
Don’t Suffer Alone
There are many challenges when you live with a disability.
It can seem lonely, but you’re not alone. It helps a lot to be close to someone who understands what you’re going through.
We can help you meet others who deal with similar situations.
If you have questions, contact us here.