Are you a wheelchair user looking out for recreation? Check out these top activities!
Gone are days when disabled people had few choices when it came to recreational activities. With spaces becoming more accessible to people with disabilities, there are more options available when it comes to recreation.
Jasmina Khanna, a wheelchair user and disability rights activist based in Mumbai, has a busy schedule. She barely gets any time given her hectic work schedule, but tries to meet her friends as often as she can.
I love watching movies. So when I get free time I watch them at home or at a nearby theatre. I also love spending quality time with my friends. We go to pubs and restaurants. That is a great stress buster for me. I would also love to participate in swimming and dancing because they are great physical activities- Jasmina Khanna, wheelchair user
Dhanya, a teacher and singer from Kerala, gives priority to her musical group when she has the time. "I am a part of a music troupe by a group of wheelchair users. So music keeps me occupied almost all the time. For me, it is the ideal therapy and recreational activity".
So, are you looking for some stress busting activities, here are some options:
- Swimming - Water has therapeutic qualities and experts suggest swimming for rehabilitation, especially for people with neurological disabilities, spinal cord injuries, head trauma or spinal atrophies.
- Yoga - Yoga should be a part of everyone's daily routine. It improves the physical and mental health and helps cure ailments too. Start with the help of a yoga instructor who can guide you.
- Travel - There is no better way to unleash yourself! Travel to new places and make friends. There are many tour companies catering to disabled people so do some research and choose the best.
- Music therapy - Everyone loves music, so what if we are not blessed with a great voice. We can always sing to our heart’s fill! Music therapy includes singing, dancing, body expression and even playing an instrument. It helps in reducing pain and also for better body movements.
- Gardening - In today’s world, people are in a hurry to cut down trees and plants. We lose out on so much of natural greens around us, especially in cities. But you can always create your own green space at home. Gardening is a great stress buster. You do not have to go to a nursery to buy seeds and plants. Everything is now available at your doorstep.