As a recent Vox.com article on New Year’s resolutions suggested, “It’s much easier to stick to your resolutions if they align with your priorities.” tri-fold Handicapped.
For most people with disabilities, discussions about goals, “challenges” and solutions tend to be filled with conflicting feelings. We can do enough to change our attitudes, heal from what we thought was negative, and fix what we see as broken or imperfect about ourselves. We receive advice and social pressure. And we get it year-round from family, friends, professionals and even random strangers. For many people with disabilities, adding a special “New Year’s resolution” is redundant and can feel more like an intrusion than an encouragement.
Still, it’s possible to resist other people’s simple self-improvement advice and instead decide to do something different next year. what We decide to change, but rather how We go for New Year’s resolutions. Below are three broad guidelines on how to formulate a 2023 resolution that people with disabilities really mean something. to them.
1. Challenge yourself
Choose a change you can make in your daily habits, a change you want to make, regardless of whether it makes sense to others.
leave early in the morning – or try to get more sleep every day Walk more or start using a wheelchair or electric scooter you’ve avoided for years. Make a conscious effort to reconnect with family and old friends, or draw clearer and stronger boundaries with people who are toxic to you. Have a patient reaction. Or point it out and express your true feelings more often, instead of letting things slip all the time for fear of disapproval.
Make a deliberate effort to be more carefree, awkward, and less embarrassing about your disability. don’t hide Don’t be afraid to show people your disability. Try to feel more comfortable recognizing yourself as disabled and talk directly to people about your experiences with disability.
Look beyond your private life too.
Select a disability policy issue where real change would benefit you When Other people with disabilities – and support campaigns to make it happen. For example:
- We are fighting to make shops, restaurants, offices and public buildings in your area more accessible.
- Increased SSI and SSDI benefits, asset limits, or earnings thresholds.
- Increase funding for home care to keep thousands of Americans with disabilities institutionalized or eliminate the waiting list that keeps them out of full care.
2. Be kind to yourself
Choose a specific goal with simple steps that you believe you can achieve. It’s not some vague ambition that looks good but might be out of reach. Don’t settle for your dream job if it’s not within your reach. Choose small or interim goals, even if only you can appreciate them.
In the meantime, be clear to yourself and others in your life about what your disability needs and doesn’t need of you. , be determined to set boundaries and say no. And develop more effective ways to describe your disability needs to familiar and strangers alike in simple, plain language that is easy for you to use.
Most importantly, truly believe that your worth as a human being is not defined or limited by disability, how you look or feel, or how much money you have. pursue the achievements of And stop measuring yourself against people without disabilities and people with other disabilities.
3. Connect with other people with disabilities
There are over 61 million people with disabilities in the United States. However, a surprising number of people with disabilities know very little about other people with disabilities. If you don’t know many other people with disabilities, reach out to them. First, ask yourself why you have less contact with other people with disabilities. Is it a coincidence, or have you made a conscious or unconscious decision to avoid engaging with the disabled community? Please take a research on it. Socializing online may or may not work for you. However, platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube more people with more Disability with a wider variety of disability experiences than we would have liked just a few decades ago.
When you start meeting other people with disabilities, be prepared to give advice when asked. But listen first. In fact, it’s a much more difficult solution than you might think. Engage generously, but don’t feel superior. Try to help, not just benefit.
If you are already active in the disability community, try to connect with lesser-known people with disabilities and groups. Get to know people with disabilities different from your own. Reach out and listen to people with disabilities of other races, genders, sexual orientations, generations and social backgrounds. Break out of your social and ideological bubbles from time to time.
These are all just suggestions. If New Year’s resolutions aren’t your thing, don’t worry. Otherwise, choose the resolution that interests you the most. Be creative. Challenge yourself in 2023, but be fair and kind to yourself.