Thursday, January 31, 2013

Lifestyle: Being Beautiful with a Physical Disability

Are you, or do you know someone who is a beautiful person both inside and out, but because they have some type of physical limitation they believe that they are NOT beautiful??? I know that person; she is me.

Hi. I'm Lisa and I have arthritis.  Not many people really think of arthritis as debilitating, but it can severely impact the everyday lifestyle, daily activities of many people - young and old.  For me, it began when I was in 7th or 8th grade; I kept complaining of knee pain, which was pretty common for a young athlete and dancer.  I cannot remember how old I was when I was actual diagnosed with the degenerative joint disease, maybe 15? For the past 20 years, I have been living with, managing pain and STILL FABULOUS!

I won't front though, my life has been difficult because of the physical limitations that impact my day to day life.  The way arthritis can impact a life is amazing because not only do you experience physical pain, you also have to deal with emotional and mental stability of feeling inadequate or not beautiful, especially for people who get the full onset so early in life.

My story is not unique and for any person who has or is experiencing low levels of self-esteem, not feeling beautiful because of their medical situation, lethargic or tired and not motivated to get dolled up and out the house - this post is for you and your loved ones.

Perspective is key.  In order to have stable emotions and mental, put your life in its proper perspective.  Embrace your life.  Now, enhance it! Time to get GLAMMED!!!

Ladies and gentleman, you cannot let your ailment get you down!  Besides seeing your team of physicians to help manage your pain, here are some additional suggestions to help improve self-esteem, help Stella get that groove back!

  1. Start at home and de-clutter your life! Reorganize your closet and mix and match pieces you would never think of pairing together.  Same with your beauty and haircare products.  This will also make room for any new additions you may want to pick up along the way.  Ask a friend or family member to help, if you need assistance.
  2. Try a new hair style.  Try something you can create yourself first if you aren't the daring type.  Maybe a new haircut, a new wig, maybe some bangs? Give it try!
  3. Style Trends: keep up with some of the style trends by incorporating a few key pieces into the wardrobe versus splurging on a trend that might not be in the next season.
  4. Get Pampered!  Whether you pamper yourself or go to your local day spa, get pampered.  A good massage now and again can relieve some of the minor pains.  Freshly painted nails and a facial also can make you feel glamorous! Research some mobile nail techs or massage therapists to come to you if necessary.
  5. Exercise! If you don't use it, you will loose it.  Plus, any form of light exercise (with your doctors approval) will give you some energy!
  6. Laugh - laughter increases endorphins, which make us "feel-better." It will also help to refocus your mind to manage any pain you may be experiencing.
  7. Girls (or boys) Night Out! - It is a very nice feeling when you are out having a good time with friends.  Good friends are supportive and honest, so let the girls take you out for a night of dancing and laughter!
If you are experiencing extreme low levels of self-esteem, please seek medical assistance and speak with a health care professional (health psychologist).  Trying to build up your confidence in light of your situation is a process that will take as much time as you need.  When we look our best on the outside, it sometimes triggers and sparks our confidence, which comes from within.

Good luck and remember - "Inner Beauty is your TRUE Foundation!"

Please leave a comment below and tell me how you live your life, being beautiful with a physical disability!!!