13 disability self-care tips for my fellow disabled babes
If you haven’t heard about self-care you should get out from under that rock you’ve been chilling under and give it a go! Self-care can look different for a lot of people. Most commonly it’s associated with sipping a glass of wine while Netflix and chilling with a face mask on. At least that’s the picture I would get in my head when I would think of self-care before I learned more. For others, it’s a little more complex than just having a spa night. It can be taking the time to appreciate your surroundings without any external forces (music, technology, etc.) It can also be respecting your limits and appreciating merely just waking up because that can be enough in a world where we’re under constant pressure to “accomplish” something. For me, eating a full meal without major fatigue can be a huge accomplishment. That’s why self-care is unique to everyone - it doesn’t always look like painting your nails and using a bath bomb with scented candles and sprinkling the floor in rose petals.
In all my reading up and seeing posts about self-care on social media, I have seen very few self-care tips for disabled people. So, I’m here to give a few tips for self-care for all my fellow disabled babes out there!
Ask someone for a hug
I know having a disability can mean being touched a lot (not like that, sicko) Someone lifts and adjusts me, making a lot of the human touch I feel more “clinical” and it’s important to get some affectionate interactions with touch. Ask someone for a hug as a reminder that not all the touch you receive is just for someone is assisting you.
2. Re-organize your PCA schedule
Managing personal care assistants can be a nightmare. Maybe you could make your life easier with revamping your PCA schedule. Happy workers = happy you!
3. Make your makeup area more accessible
For months I’ll look at my makeup table and have ideas how to make it more accessible (re-organizing it, putting things in different containers) but I never act on it, because life. It gets in the way, sometimes. Today is the day! Make that change you’ve had on your mind.
4. Take your meds
I sometimes forget to take my meds because I get caught up in my plans for the day. Taking your meds = healthy = happy! Set aside time to do this very important thing.
5. Drink a smoothie
For me, getting the proper amount of veggies and fruits in can be a challenge due to my weak swallowing. Why not toss it in a blender and turn your daily nutritional needs into a delicious smoothie? Or, if you can swallow those types of foods, maybe you don’t like them. A smoothie can be made to be delicious in so many ways! Try it! My favorite smoothie recipe is:
Spoonful of peanut butter
Handful of spinach (can’t taste it)
I try to drink one each morning and it’s SO delicious. It also doesn’t have any seeds which can make choking a hazard!
6. Charge your wheelchair
Most of my PA’s do this without me asking but it’s ultimately my responsibility to make sure it gets done. How awful would it be if you wanted to run a marathon in your wheelchair & it wasn’t charged! Wake up with a great start to your day with a fully charged chair. Even missing 1-2 bars of charge which is pretty insignificant can just be straight up unnerving. Who can relate, though?
7. Clean your BIPAP/CPAP
There’s nothing like a fresh mask on your face while you’re sleeping. Get all those boogers, face oils, and makeup crusties off your mask and clean the hose! There’s nothing like a fresh BIPAP / CPAP.
8. Take a rest from advocating - do a face mask instead
If you’re an advocate, this can be tiring work. Trust me, I know. You don’t always need to be fighting for your community. This can end up taking a emotional and physical toll. Take rest for a day and do a face mask instead!
9. Ask a friend, family, or PCA to give you a leg / foot massage to get that blood flowing
I have a physical disability. Sitting all day can contribute to cold feet (hopefully not if you’re engaged) and poor circulation. Get that blood flowing with a nice massage, you won’t be disappointed.
10. Get out of your wheelchair for a while or get cozy- whatever that looks like for you
I don’t do this enough because I’m most comfortable in my chair. But it’s good to get out of it and just chill. Even if your chair tilts like mine, kick back & get cozy with a blanket. Or, have someone plop you on the couch in your most comfortable position and just relax.
11. Don’t push yourself to the point of fatigue, respect your limits
Respect your body and your limits. For me, getting fatigued is a regular part of my life. Simple tasks can make me fatigued. Writing this blog has made me fatigued! So, I took a few breaks in between writing it. Take a break if you need to and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!
12. Do some stretches
After sitting all day, my joints and tendons can be very tight and contribute to an overall tense feeling. Do a few stretches, loosen up, and get that body moving!
13. Look in the mirror, look into your own eyes, and appreciate your body & soul for all it does for you
This one speaks for itself. We don’t do this enough. Do it :)
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