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Taking Extra Time – Why It’s Ok to Go at Your Own Pace

There are a variety of disabilities that can slow a person’s capability to perform day-to-day tasks. As well as causing difficulties in everyday life, this can be quite frustrating to experience, dramatically affecting a person’s self-esteem. Physical disabilities can impair speech, making it harders to articulate and form sentences. Others may find it difficult to use their hands for simple tasks such as tying shoelaces.

Here’s Why It’s OK to Go at Your Own Pace

  1. It’s important to remember that life is not a race. Successes at the completion of a task are a success, no matter how long it took for the task to be completed.
  2. All people are prone to making mistakes when they rush, so don’t allow yourself to feel rushed. If you do, you are more likely to make mistakes which will frustrate you further.
  3. It might feel like people are waiting for you, but most people are actually quite happy to wait. The people around you would be happier to see you do it successfully then to feel frustrated.

Despite this advice, it’s important to remember that it’s normal to become frustrated by being unable to quickly complete tasks.

Here are some tips for managing the frustration and anxiety that might come with a disability.

Avoid Looking around at Others While You Complete Your Task

Frustration might build as you look around and see people ahead of you in completing tasks. Try not to be conscious of those who are ‘hurrying’ and allow yourself to do things in your own time. If you don’t look around you won’t notice that you’re taking a bit longer than others.

Work on Your Own Clock

If you know something is going to take you longer to complete, allow yourself that time and schedule it in with time to spare. That way, you won’t feel like you’re watching a clock that’s going too fast for you. Always give yourself more time than you think you need.

Stop and Start Again If You Have To

If you find yourself becoming anxious or frustrated, it’s better to stop and move away from the task completely. Come back to it later and try again when you are feeling calmer and ready to tackle the activity. You’ll probably find that you can complete the task a lot easier when you are feeling relaxed.

Helping someone to achieve their own success can be a rewarding and extremely fulfilling role. If you’re interested in helping people to move at their own pace, consider pursuing a career that involves helping those with disabilities. At National College Australia, you can pursue a new career or upskill your current qualifications. Check out National College Australia’s programmes here.

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