When Everyday Life Feels Too Difficult

Often times, the biggest difference in overcoming a difficult situation comes from having, or not having, access to the right information. Those in wheelchairs are no stranger to both the physical and emotional difficulties presented by day-to-day life in our world. Though these difficulties may seem very different from one another, they often go hand in hand.

Emotional difficulties can make life seem like a never-ending struggle and leave one feeling hopeless about a bright future ahead. In this case, becoming more informed may help one to understand or better communicate their feelings to both themselves and others. Are you feeling hurt? Cheated? Angry, or jealous? Putting words to your feelings could be the first step in improving them. 

As you take a deeper look at your emotions, you may start to see the real-life situations that have contributed to your feelings. Maybe you’ve experienced disrespect or belittlement, felt left out, or insecure when questioned by others about your abilities.

These situations have real consequences and can take a toll on your mental health. Being proactive and taking steps to exercise and take care of your brain can be just as beneficial as exercising your body. Here are a few ideas for how to get started.

  1. Write in a journal: Journaling allows you to express your emotions in a healthy way and create a log of what may trigger negative emotions for you. Reading over entries is also a good way to reflect and realize that these emotions can be temporary and overcome.
  2. Talk to a trusted friend: Like journaling, this is another great way to express your emotions and let your feelings out in a supportive, understanding environment.
  3. Meditation: This may come in the form of sitting quietly or with some music. If you find that difficult, there are many free resources and apps for a guided meditation that can help steer you into a relaxed state of mind. Try Headspace or Insight Timer.
  4. Exercise: Moving your body, especially while doing something you enjoy, is a great way to care for both your mental and physical health.

Physical challenges often feel easier to overcome because there can be various, concrete ways to approach a solution. Finding the best ways for you to complete everyday tasks or challenges is a great way to build confidence and give you a sense of accomplishment. A Redman Power Chair can help you to regain abilities and be a major step in caring for both mental and physical health.

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