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depressedBringing Purpose to Life

Having a disability does not mean life should stop.

Millions of people across the United States are affected by disabilities to the point that they can no longer work. Feelings of low self-worth are common when someone believes that they have been a productive member of society and now are unable to work. Although these feelings are normal, if left unchecked they can drag a person deep into depression. If you have been forced to stop working, here  are some suggestions that can help to increase your feelings of self-worth.


1.    Give the gift of life. Donations of blood, bone marrow and other tissue save millions of lives every year. Giving blood could be one of the easiest ways to make you feel like you are contributing to society. Most cities have frequent blood donation opportunities and it only takes about a half an hour in a reclining position. According to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center a person can make one blood donation and one platelet donation or six platelet donations in any eight week time period. Donating bone marrow and other tissues can be more difficult and may have more stringent rules but many people with disabilities still qualify.

2.    Volunteer in the community. There are many volunteer opportunities that require very little stress or physical exertion but can help an organization or community. Some museums and foundations rely on volunteers to assist guests and help maintain exhibits and buildings. Political parties are always in need of people to work phone banks, stuff envelopes and do simple tasks. Many of these organizations allow volunteers to set their own hours and are willing to work around the complications caused by disabilities.

3.    Get out! Staying inside can be extremely detrimental to a person’s psyche.  Taking a few minutes to breathe fresh air. Looking at something different than a wall and listening to sounds other than a TV or radio can be refreshing. You should work out a way to get outside for a few minutes on a regular basis no matter how debilitating your disability may be.

4.    Take personal time. Many severely depressed people do not feel like taking care of themselves. If they even get out of bed, they may not bathe or practice personal hygiene. Often they do not get dressed, opting to stay in their night clothes. Successfully maintaining good self-worth depends on taking care of yourself. Making a point to get up every day, shower and dress completely including makeup, combing the hair and putting on jewelry can go a long ways to making you feel better about yourself.

Self-worth is very important to living a happy life despite the circumstances which may happen to us. Often we cannot prevent bad circumstances. However, we can determine our personal attitude and how our circumstances will affect our attitude. As Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”


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