How to Adjust to Life on Disability

Whether you are on short term or long term disability, adjusting to a new lifestyle can be difficult and oftentimes emotionally taxing on individuals.  Life on disability can be a huge adjustment; not only does that mean that your ailments have left you unable to work but you are suddenly forced to live a more sedentary based lifestyle.  Whether you are on disability insurance for physical or psychological disabilities, understanding your value is one of the most important ways to adjust to your new lifestyle.Adjust to life

Understanding Your Value

Because your workplace has consistently been your form of identity, it can be a challenge for people who are newly on disability to adapt to a different lifestyle.  Just because you are no longer working, doesn’t mean that you don’t have an identity that is valuable to the community around you.  Try finding a passion in a hobby, physical activity, or through volunteering; not only will you be able to contribute to your community but to your personal goals as well.

Get Into a Routine

Coming from a consistent career where you are accustomed to a daily routine, it can be a huge adjustment to suddenly be on disability and not have anywhere to be. However, getting into a consistent routine will help brighten your spirits and give you the motivation to get things accomplished every day.  Whether you’re routine consists of getting up early to go to physical therapy or to go swim a few laps, make sure to include some sort of physical activity in order to get your heart rate up.  Make sure to always consult your physician on what type of physical activity you can work on.

Work Towards a Goal

Working towards a goal is a great way to stay motivated, feel valuable, and boost your self-esteem.  Just because you are collecting disability insurance and are unable to work, doesn’t mean that you can’t set small personal goals for yourself. Working towards a goal is a great way to stay motivated and feel important.  After all, nobody wants to feel like they have failed themselves or their family because they are no longer able to work.

  • Setting Goals: Set Small Goals that are easy to attain at first and then slowly work up to larger goals. Such as setting up a physical fitness goal or a goal to volunteer at your church or some sort of community organization.
  • Celebrate: Celebrate your accomplishments as soon as you finish a goal by doing something nice for yourself.  This will help maintain a strong self-esteem and is a great way to get excited about celebrating new goals.

Annie Babbitt Annie Babbitt writes about her interest in current events, political science, and philosophy. She has worked for a US immigration lawyer for the past 5 years and loves being an advocate for those in need.