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We’re not all built to glide through life without a hitch. In fact, nobody is built that way. Some people are just so good at making it seem like that’s what they’re doing. So when your defenses are down, you’re either the person who tells anyone and everyone about it, and makes the world feel sorry for you, just as much as you do for yourself. Or you’re the type of person who bottles it up all, tries to deal with it themselves, and then it just ends up 10x worse.
This article is going out to all of you who know you’re the latter in this equation. You need to be able to build up that support system around you, as well as know how to deal with the situation yourself. One of the common times when we really don’t like to accept help, is when something happens to our health. That means we’re not able to carry on living life how we did. Whether it be long term or short term, it’s still hard to deal with. But the more people you have around you, the easier it’s going to become.
The Supportive Tools You’ll Need
It all depends on what issue you’re having, as to what supportive tools you’re going to need. But if you’ve had to take some time off work, you’re definitely going to need a few things to help. One of the most common reasons for peoples’ defenses to fall, is because they’ve had an injury through whatever action. It might be sports or a fall, but when something breaks in your body, it’s hard to recover from as an adult. Because we’re just independent with what we do, we can’t face having to have that support.
So if for example you’ve injured your ankle, which is a super common injury to have, walkers and rollators will become your best friend. It’s just so much easier to get around using those, especially if crutches don’t suit you. It gives you that independence you need so you don’t feel like you’re stuck in bed all of the time. This coupled with plenty of rest and relaxation are all the tools you need for something that leaves you off your feet!
The Financial Support
Financial support is something you’re definitely going to need, because if you’re out of work for a long period of time, you’re most likely only going to get small amount of sick pay. Hopefully, the government will be able to help you with this if there are programs available. This is a great example of why having an emergency savings fund is so important. It should be enough to help the household income, and it might just be that you need to cut back on a few things in the meantime.
The Motivational Support
Once you’re out of action for a while, having motivational support is so important. It can be hard to get yourself back into the swing of things. Surround yourself with family and friends who are going to motivate you to do so, don’t try and tackle it alone. There might also be forums and websites only dedicated for whatever problems you are facing. Connecting with others offline or online for support is very important for these types of things.
If you are going through a health problem whether that is mentally or physically or even going through an emotion rough patch, getting the support you need is important. If you can prepare ahead of time with an emergency fund. Advocate for yourself while you are facing health concerns. And always reach out to others for support. These are some of the support you need.