Identifying and Coping with Loss of Independence: Part 2

March 27, 2014

Accepting loss of independence is not only challenging but can be difficult to overcome. Making the conscious effort to move forward with your life makes it possible to build new and positive experiences for yourself and those around you.

coping with the loss of independence

In order to cope with a particular loss, beginning with a positive attitude is a start in the right direction. Our outlook towards a situation ultimately steers us away or towards the desired end result. In order to build and maintain a positive attitude after losing independence, you must:

  • Be respectful of your own opinion
  • Be flexible and adaptable to changes
  • Be willing to learn new things
  • Not hold onto the suffering that loss brings
  • View the glass as half-full
  • Look for new opportunities

Coping presents extra challenges for individuals without support systems to rely on must rely on others for additional help. Putting forth the effort to stay active, social, and maintain relationships with family and friends develops networks and an opportunity to form new bonds.

There are multiple ways to renew independence. Examples include:

  • Develop rituals
  • Engage in spiritual practices
  • Reflect alone or with family/friends
  • Journal or read
  • Enjoy, or create, art or music
  • Engage in nature

For those who suffer from the loss any sort of physical independence, the following habits can restore your health.

  • Eat more fiber, calcium, protein
  • Drink water
  • Avoid too much sugar
  • Consider vitamins
  • Engage in any type of physical activities

Some individuals believe losing independence is a sign of aging, or weakness. There are positives and negatives to every age range. In order to remain optimistic, you have to find the positives of getting older, including:

  • Creativity sometimes increases with age
  • Ability to cope with stresses increases with age
  • Power to take responsibility for our health
  • Less worries about what other think
  • Ability to better satisfy ourselves
  • Deepened gratitude
  • Heightened sense of humor

Finding a positive attitude and outlook on life can overcome one’s sense of loss felt after losing a particular form of independence. For some, coping with the change and moving on will be easier. For those who require additional assistance with tasks of daily living, services are available to help with physical and mental needs.

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio offers a wide array of services for those coping with and or moving on from their loss of independence. Find out today if VNA of Ohio services would benefit you and your family.

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