Looking After Your Mental Health – Top Tips for the Disabled

Life can be lonely for the disabled, even during comparatively normal times, and the current uncertainty means they can easily feel isolated. If you need to shield for medical reasons, the problem can become even worse as there are limits on how much human contact you are allowed to have.

At Ransome Mobility, experts in supplying nearly-new and used WAVs to customers in East Anglia, we take a keen interest in all matters affecting the disabled. Here are our top tips for how people with disabilities should look after their mental health.

Talk to People

If you can’t meet up with friends or family, there’s always the telephone or online video platforms, such as Zoom and Google Meet, where you can still enjoy some face-to-face contact.

However, the NHS warns that is may be advisable to limit the amount of COVID-19 conversation. Too much time spent reading and talking about the current situation is not good for your mental health. Set limits on the time you spend online or on social media and rely on a few trusted sources for your information.

You’re Never Too Young to Learn

You can easily learn a new skill or craft if you have some time on your hands. There are plenty of tutorials and courses available online if the relevant classes aren’t currently running in a physical venue. The University of the Third Age (U3A) is an excellent source of online learning, as they run courses in subjects as varied as family trees, music, drama, DIY and gardening, plus a number of foreign languages.

Keep Physically Fit and Well

If you look after your physical health, then your mental health should improve too. Try to stick to healthy, well-balanced meals and eat your ‘five a day’ fruit and vegetables. Avoid smoking, drinking too much and binge eating as a ‘comfort blanket’, as these will cause more long-term health problems.

If you are physically able to, get into the habit of taking regular exercise, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Studies suggest that regular, repetitive movements – such as press-ups or sit-ups – can be soothing, helping to keep any negative thoughts at bay.

Make Sure Your Home is Fit for Purpose

Many disabled people are having to spend more time at home this year, even if they are not shielding. Even if you would normally go out to work, you may have been furloughed from your job or are working from home.

It is important to make sure that you carry out any necessary home improvements. If you have problems getting up and downstairs – for instance, to reach your new upstairs office – then consider installing a straight or curved stair lift depending on the type and shape of your stairs. This will improve your mental health as you will have much more freedom of movement around the house and you won’t be as reliant on friends or family to do things for you.

Get Out and About If You Can

Although the current restrictions vary from one part of the country to another, you should always be able to get out of the house. Spending too much time indoors can easily become claustrophobic. Walking is an excellent form of exercise, provided you keep the required ‘social distance’ from everybody else.

Driving can be equally therapeutic, if you have your own wheelchair access vehicle.  Using your own vehicle to help carry out any day-to-day tasks, such as going to the shops or picking up any medication, is currently much less risky than using public transport as you don’t need to come into contact with anyone outside your immediate ‘bubble’.

Mobility Aids and Used WAVs from Ransome Mobility

Ransome Mobility can help you if you are interested in buying a nearly-new or used WAV. To see our latest range of vehicles for sale, simply click on this link. We have more than 25 years of experience in adapting vehicles to fit their users’ exact requirements, and all our work is carried out to an extremely high standard. We also offer competitive finance and insurance packages, as well as WAVs for hire if you only need a vehicle for a short period of time.

We can also fit a range of other mobility aids, including curved and straight stair lifts. Among the leading brands we supply and install are Minivator, Home Adapt and Freelift stair lifts. You can see our full range here, or you can call us on 01473 727263.

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