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New Year’s Resolutions for the Disabled

Appealing for benefits is best done under the guidance of an experienced disability lawyer.

It’s that time again when people reflect on the past year and think about what they would like to happen in the future.

Author Attorney Greg Reed:

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New Year’s resolutions are for everyone, including the disabled. In fact, the disabled may have some advantages over able-bodied people when it comes to keeping their New Year’s resolutions.

As 2020 draws to a close, no doubt most of us will not be sorry to see the past year in the rearview mirror. New Year’s resolutions are not just about getting rid of bad habits, but setting goals to make life better for ourselves and others. Though people with disabilities may have more experience in overcoming a variety of challenges, New Year’s resolutions are for everyone. Here are some suggestions on how to make 2021 a happy, healthy year.

  1.   Take charge of your health.
  2. If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s that we must take care of ourselves and protect others. Make appointments with your doctor and healthcare providers to make sure you are on track to stay healthy. Follow their advice on diet, exercise and medications. Schedule recommended medical procedures and find out when the Covid-19 vaccine may be available to you. Sanitize doorknobs, phones and other electronic devices weekly, using disinfectant wipes that do not contain bleach. Phones carry about 10 times more bacteria than toilet seats. Stay safe and keep your family, friends and neighbors safe by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

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  3.   Keep up with the news.
  4. The world is moving fast, but now more than ever it’s vitally important to know what is happening in your community, the United States, and the rest of the world. It’s not necessary to watch every news program or read every newspaper. Many newspapers, radio stations and TV news programs send out daily news briefings. Find one or two reputable news outlets and read them each day.

  5.   Revamp your finances.
  6. The pandemic has thrown a wrench into the lives of people who have lost their jobs or are now working shorter hours. Even if you are still working, now is a good time to reevaluate your expenses and make adjustments. If you need help, consider consulting an accountant or financial advisor. A budget you are able to live with can provide security and ease anxiety about the future.

  7.   Reduce clutter in your home and office.
  8. Gather and organize important paperwork, including healthcare documents, financial documents, phone numbers and addresses, and make sure a trusted friend or family member has access to important information in case of emergencies. Clean out your closets and donate any unwanted clothes and household goods.

  9.   Stay in touch with family, friends and social groups.
  10. Isolation brought about by the pandemic can lead to depression and anxiety. Fortunately, technology has made many social platforms available allowing people to visit and communicate with each other, such as Facetime, Facebook and Zoom. Take advantage of this technology and don’t be afraid to try something new, like joining an online book club.

  11.   Take an online class.
  12. With schools and colleges closing in-person classes, at-home learning is reaching a new level, and it’s not just for children and young adults. Now is a great time to learn a new skill or take a class just for fun. Make sure you have the proper equipment and if necessary, upgrade your computer or iPad to allow for full audio and video access.

  13.   Find exercise you can do and enjoy.
  14. While Covid-19 has limited access to gyms, swimming pools and other recreation, it’s important to remember that any type of exercise is beneficial. If weather doesn’t permit, there are many exercise routines you can practice at home indoors. Just moving can ease stress and improve physical well-being. If you have mobility issues, seek guidance from your doctor or physical therapist. Also, a variety of exercise videos are available on available YouTube that are suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities.

  15.   Spend time outdoors whenever possible.
  16. Sunlight regulates circadian rhythm, the internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle, repeating on each rotation of the earth, roughly every 24 hours. Even sitting in front of a sunny window can help regulate mood and prevent seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This can be as simple as hanging a bird feeder to watch birds and other wildlife. If your home or office lacks natural light, consider investing in a few supercharged lights to brighten your mood.

  17.   Volunteer.
  18. Even with Covid-19 restrictions, there are still any number of opportunities to lend a hand and still feel safe. Find a cause you feel passionate about. Food banks and animal shelters always need help or consider becoming a mentor.

  19.   Take care of yourself.
  20. This may be the most important resolution and for many, the hardest to follow. This past year has caused more anxiety and feelings of uncertainty than any other year in our lifetime, but there are many ways to deal with negative feelings. Turn off the TV. Practice mindfulness or meditation. Take more walks. Wear clothes that make you feel good. Avoid family and friends who are not supportive. Focus on what you can do.

Resolutions are usually easier to make than to keep.

Write down your resolutions and make a plan to achieve your goals, but don’t overcommit by making too many resolutions. If you take a step back, forgive yourself. Finally, don’t hesitate to ask for help from family, friends, colleagues, and medical providers.

The corona virus has upset everyone’s life, but we are a resilient people.

We all have a chance to make the next year better and happier, not just for ourselves, but others. Bemis, Roach and Reed is here to support you and wishes you a healthy and happy 2021.

Have a great year!

– The attorneys and staff of Bemis, Roach & Reed

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