The following article is a guest post.
Problems with mobility, especially for aging seniors, can feel like a huge roadblock in life.
When you begin to experience difficulty with walking and standing, everyday activities become harder. From getting dressed to walking the dog to getting out of the house to meet a friend.
Being unable to exercise and stay active can also seriously impact weight as well as physical and mental health.
Many seniors who struggle to remain mobile may socially isolate themselves from others which can result in feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. This loss of confidence and self-reliance may translate into giving up on goals and feeling less and less successful in life.
With a positive outlook, the right tools, and a strong support network, not being able to move like you once did doesn’t have to mean not being able to move towards your goals in life.
Here are some things you can do:
Seeking Out Mobility Aids
Rather than being the “crutches” you rely on to get around, mobility aids should be viewed instead as helpful devices and tools that empower your continued independence.
Your goals of staying connected with friends, volunteering at your favorite nonprofit, and succeeding as a leader in your faith community, for example, don’t have to fly out the window with the hint of mobility problems.
While the best cane for balance problems may assist one person, a knee scooter or walker may provide more stability and traction for a different person. Picking the right mobility aid for your environment and needs (with the help of your doctor or physical therapist) can make a huge difference and even inspire others around you.
Discovering a Support Network.
Whether it’s a support group, a local senior center, family, friends, or a MeetUp group, you will find success in handling a life shifted by mobility problems by seeking the experience and support of others who have been there.
Mobility difficulties should not stop you from reaching your goals. In fact, they may be the impetus for stepping out of your comfort zone, meeting new people, and discovering new experiences and excitement in life.
Continued exercise and activity plays an important role in preventing the progression of mobility issues. For example, doing yoga to fight bone loss or swimming regularly to build up leg strength.
Few things are more fun than finding a group or class to exercise and stay active with – your mobility problems may be just the push you need to make it happen.
Finding a New Perspective.
Like with many illnesses and setbacks in life, a new experience often brings a new perspective with it, if you’re willing to open your eyes and see it.
Mobility problems can don a newfound appreciation for your own health and wellness, helping you to make healthier diet and exercise choices that benefit your entire well-being.
An awoken respect for exactly what it takes to get around in an able-bodied world as someone with mobility issues can also make you stronger, more patient, and wiser.
Your goals of sharing your experiences and providing guidance and advice to your own children and grandchildren, for example, will only be enhanced by the rich perspective you gain from fighting harder in the world for what you want.
Overcoming Your Fears.
So often people shy away from pursuing their passions and reaching for success because of fear. Fear of failing, fear of rejection, fear of being wrong.
For people with obstacles to mobility, a fear of injuring oneself or exacerbating an existing condition often keeps them inside on the couch, avoiding new challenges and new experiences.
Mobility issues shouldn’t keep you from reaching your goals because it itself can be just the ticket you need to free yourself from fear.
Releasing the burden of expectation frees you from regret, disappointment, and other negative feelings that may hold you back from achieving your dreams.
For example, if you need a cane to walk but are constantly wishing you could walk without it or expecting to be the person who does not need a cane, you’ll constantly regret what has happened to you. You’ll feel disappointment in your situation, and your fear of moving ahead will hold you back.
Freeing yourself from those expectations, facing reality, and embracing a new approach to thriving instead of struggling with mobility issues will ultimately help you stress less and do more