Coping with sight loss

So today I thought I’d do a blog post on how I cope with sight loss, I know everyone has their own ways in dealing with things but I thought I’d share mine. I’ve been blind since birth so I’ve never known any different. I know these won’t help everyone and you’ll probably have your own but I hope they do help some of you.

Surround yourself with people that accept your disability
There is no point in being with people that don’t love you for who you are and that don’t accept your disability. You’re not asking them to understand the ins and outs of your sight problem or disability, just simply asking them to look beyond it and love you for you.
When I was at school not many people did that and it really got me down but since I’ve started university, I now have a group of friends that accept my sight loss and look beyond it. I’m the sort of person that jokes about and they join in. Honestly, it’s the best feeling and I’m so much happier. Having friends and family that look beyond my sight loss definitely does make me cope with it better.

Take part in everyday activities and do things you love
Just because you’re blind or have a disability, it does not mean that you cannot have a social life…far from it. We’re just like everyone else and can do exactly the same things, ok not everything but a lot. Sight loss should never be a barrier, don’t let it stop you from doing the things you love! If you just sit at home or in your room all day you’re going to overthink and that is when you will feel down. If you do things you love and take part in activities that interest you, it helps you deal and cope with your disability so much better. Also, you’re no different, always remember that.

Don’t change your vocabulary to fit your disability
So many people think that they can’t say words such as see, watch, look etc. because they’re with a blind person. Personally, it doesn’t bother me and I say things such as ‘I’m watching the tv’ even though I can’t see it, but why change everyday vocabulary? You are still listening or whatever.

Music
This is a very personal one for me, music really does help me if I’m having a down day. I love music so that is part of it as well. There is one artist, Jessie J that has definitely helped me deal with the challenges that I have faced and she has taught me that it is ok to have a disability and to be true to who I am. Whether you like her or not, we all sometimes need a reminder from someone that we look up to that everything is going to be ok. Jessie’s speeches and lyrics have really helped me. For those of you that don’t know, she does very inspirational speeches and her lyrics are about life and they are honest and right from the heart. If anyone would like me to send them the songs or speeches that really do help me then please let me know! I’d be happy to share them with anyone that wants to watch or listen.

This is probably a rubbish post but I hope it does help someone or some of you (if anyone is still reading my blog haha). If you do have any ideas for blog posts that you’d like me to do then please do let me know!

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