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4 Ways to Assist Loved Ones Fighting Cerebral Palsy

4 Ways to Assist Loved Ones Fighting Cerebral Palsy

When a loved one has cerebral palsy (CP), he or she may need help fighting for the respect, services and quality of life they deserve. This is especially true when your loved one is still young.

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, sibling, or simply a good friend of someone with CP, you can have their back in a number of tough situations. Here’s how to advocate smarter:

1. Put yourself in your loved one’s shoes

Most people want the same basic things out of life. We want the security of knowing our basic needs, like food, shelter, and hygiene, will be met. We want to feel that we are respected, trusted, and loved by those closest to us. We want the opportunity to discover the ‘new’ and the support to pursue them.

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Start by assuming your loved one with CP wants, and deserves, these same basic things out of life. By starting here, you help ensure that you’re fighting for the highest quality of life possible for a human, whom you love.

2. Go on a quest to learn

You don’t have to know everything about CP in order to help a loved one, but you can offer more assistance and make more informed decisions if you understand both the condition and the people who live with it.

Use the Internet or head to your local library to read up on CP. Online resources like a guide to advocacy at TheCPLawyer.com can help you advocate for your loved one and make informed decisions. And don’t forget to seek out the perspectives of others who have CP: blogs and biographies can help you imagine new possibilities for your loved one and give you ideas for achieving them.

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3. Try to keep life normal as possible

Understand that life will be a constant adjustment with your loved one who has CP, but you don’t have to stop living. Many people at times believe that when in a caretaker’s role, their whole life has been taken away right in front of them, but the truth is quite the contrary. There are many ways that your loved one with CP can enjoy a normal life with you. There are restaurants and entertainment facilities that will accommodate your loved one and yourself.

Doing normal things can help your morale as well as that of your loved one. The less stress you have on this journey, the better things will be for both of you.The Center for Persons with Disabilities teaches the etiquette of approaching people with disabilities. They teach the overall concept not making the disability your focus, or your love one’s life.

4. Help the whole family

When one family member is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the entire family adjusts to accommodate their loved one’s needs. Spread your support around by helping family members as well. “Help” doesn’t have to be huge. Often, it’s the small things that show we care the most.

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Schedule a phone call, a coffee date, errands,or laundry into your week in order to help your loved one and their closest caretakers to take  a much-needed break.

Conclusion:

Now, this is not the end all be all for tips, but this is awesome information to build a foundation. This is a disease that affects many people in so many different ways. The more research and knowledge obtained, the better off you are in understanding how to fight against this disease.

At this point, we live in an age of information and there are no excuses in not being educated. While there may not be a cure for this disease, there are methods to help control it.

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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