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Living well with a disability

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1. Learning to accept your disability

Give yourself time to mourn
• Don't try to suppress your feelings
• You're likely to go through a roller coaster of emotions
• You don't have to put on a happy face
• You can be happy, even in a new body
• Don't dwell on what you can no longer do
• Learn as much as possible about your disability

2. Find ways to minimise your disability's impact

• Be your own advocate
• Take advantage of the things you can do
• Set realistic goals and be patient

3. Ask for (and accept) help

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Nurture the important relationships in your life

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Join a disability support group

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Accepting help doesn't make you weak

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Consider talking to a mental health professional

4. Find things to do that give you meaning

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Volunteer

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Develop new hobbies and activities that make you happy

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Find ways to give back to those around you

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Take care of an animal

5. Making health your priority

Exercising:
• Start small, build from there
• Get creative
• Listen to your body
• Don’t compare yourself to others/ your past self
Eat well:
• Get lots of high-quality protein
• Minimise sugar and refined carbs
• Focus on how you feel after eating
• Drink plenty of water
Don't underestimate the power of sleep and make stress management a priority.

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