Healthy Living Tips for Wheelchair Users
If this pandemic has proved anything to us, it's that we can make time for anything if we try. Many people have been moved to working from home and have begun leading healthier lives. Here are three healthy living tips for wheelchair users.
Care For Your Mind
Wheelchair user or not, we all have struggled with mental health. Research shows that suicide rates have gone up since the beginning of this pandemic and quarantine. Caring for your mind, even without a pandemic, is important. Not only would I encourage you to talk to someone every day about you are feeling or talk to someone every day about how they are feeling but I'd also suggest signing up for Heart Support.
Heart Support is a community built by singer, Jake Luhrs, from the band August Burns Red. After fans confided in him after shows, he decided, after spending some time deep in prayer, it'd be a great idea to form a community where people with the same struggles could encourage one another.
Caring for your mind can also include self-care. Taking long, relaxing baths or showers, reading, going outside, and keeping a journal can all be effective in this area.
Lifting weights can help maintain the health of our bones and muscles. It can also help burn calories and prevent injuries. These workouts can be adjusted to your abilities so you are not overworking or underworking yourself as well as doing things that you just can't do physically. If you are able to move your legs, you can wear ankle weights to help care for an strengthen your leg muscles.
Practice Good Posture
Good posture is something that even I struggle with. Even though I feel comfortable, it does cause pain in my back. Keeping good posture can not only help avoid problems with the bones and tissues in your spine but it can also strengthen your core. A physical therapist can help design an exercise program to improve your posture or you can look up videos on YouTube.
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