Having a disability shouldn’t affect the way we live our lives. There are ways that we can keep our body running and make sure we lead healthy, happy lifestyles:
For some people with physical disabilities, they might be tempted to eat less than their recommended daily amount for fear of putting on weight. When you cut back on food you could be starving your body of important nutrients and minerals that are necessary to keep it functioning properly. Even fats and oils play an important part in your diet. On the other hand, it’s also important not to overeat when the amount of physical activity you’re capable of is limited. You should speak to your doctor or a registered dietician if you have any issues about your weight or want to make any changes to your diet. Meal plans are always a great way to keep track of your intake and can deter you from eating unhealthy foods or under/over eating.
Do your best to keep active. With a physical disability, a physical therapist can often recommend to you certain exercises and activities that you can take part in safely and you should always consult your doctor before you get involved in strenuous sports. But, daily exercise, even light exercise, can make a great contribution to your overall health. It can improve your energy levels, your lung capacity, and your heart rate and is excellent for mental health. A couple of hours a week could make a big difference.
Don’t ignore what’s bothering you
In the context of larger problems, we might forget to worry about the little things. It’s easy for us to brush off small aches and pains or marks as things that don’t need to be worried about. However, you never know when a small problem might develop into a big problem. An example of this might be varicose veins. They are a common condition amongst people with mobility difficulties and lots of people tend to get them at some stage in their life, so you might assume that you could just ignore them. However complications are also known to happen, especially when you find it difficult to maintain an active lifestyle, and these can lead to pain and dangerous blood clots. Seeing a doctor when varicose veins are first showing could prevent you from needing treatment for varicose veins later on. Seek help and advice instead of ignore the little things. It might just save your life in the future.
Look after your mental health
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and a key factor in leading a healthy lifestyle. Having poor mental health can have consequences that affect your physical health. You might have low energy, aches and pains, insomnia and nausea. Make sure that you maintain social interaction with friends and family and if poor mental health is interfering with your daily life you should refer to your doctor or a trained health care professional for advice and treatment.