As a trusted mobility shop in Hackney, 1st Step Mobility understand that there are many reasons that someone might be in need of our equipment, and sometimes these reasons aren’t always visible. We often meet people with illnesses such as Lupus and Fibromyalgia who are often in need of mobility equipment to help with their day-to-day transportation. Mobility equipment helps with daily life, but here are some extra tips on how to deal with an invisible disability.
Supportive friends and family
Friends and family who are there to support, encourage and listen to you can play a big part in helping people to cope with an invisible illness. You might ask family members to help you with tasks around the home to help you conserve your energy, whilst a friend can support you by simply coming round for a chat or a being a shoulder to cry on.
Illness can often help us to easily prioritise our friendships so we can spend our energy on those who matter. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends or family for support, after all that’s what they’re there for!
Encourage others going through something similar
Who better to offer advice than someone who has gone through exactly the same thing? You personally know how difficult it can be some days to live with an invisible disability, so why not take some time to help someone vulnerable going through a similar situation.
Whether you meet someone through an online group, a local support group, or a friend of the family, volunteering some of your time and expertise (you are an expert on living with an invisible disability after all!) will make a big difference to both of your lives.
Know your limits
When it comes to invisible disabilities, the expectations of work, the world, and even yourself can become frustrating when you’re unable to do as much as you’d like. It is not uncommon for people to be confused when your hidden illness means you need to cancel or change plans at the last second.
It’s important to know your limits and set boundaries to conserve your energy. There’s no need to conform to the pressure and expectations of others.
Are you suffering from an invisible disability? If you’re looking for mobility equipment in London, Kent, Hertfordshire or Essex then why not pay a visit to our mobility shop in Hackney. Visit our store, browse our products online, or contact us for information today.