Bored? Disabled? Here Are Some Ideas to Cut the Boredom

Living with a disability has many different challenges. One of the biggest challenges, however, is how to escape boredom. When a person becomes disabled after having a very active lifestyle, the inability to do what they once did can lead to boredom and eventually depression.  


To avoid this problem, look at your downtime from the disability as an advantage. Yes, an advantage. You led a very busy life before and probably said to yourself hundreds of times “If I only had time to do this or learn that.” Now is the time.  


Even if you are not newly disabled and are just bored, there are many things that you can do that can relieve the boredom and bring happiness into your life.  


•    Trace Your Family Tree. Researching your ancestors can become all-consuming. Once you start digging into your family tree, you will never know what you may find. The Internet provides so many resources to research family history. You could fill up all your spare time building your family tree.  

•    Learn A Craft. Have you ever wanted to learn how to do a particular craft? Sites like Craftsy and YouTube have tutorials for just about any craft project that you would like to try. And when you master that craft, you can sell your goods on Etsy for some extra cash.  

•    Plan A Vacation. There is something very soothing about planning a vacation. Even if it is an exotic vacation that you may never take, plan it anyway. Research everything about it. Learn about the people who live there, the foods they eat and their culture. Learning about new places is fascinating. And who knows, you might get there in the future.  

•    Learn A Language or How to Play an Instrument. You have always wanted to, so now is the time. You can take an online course or have a tutor come in.  

•    Take an Online Course. Maybe it is time to redirect your energies into a different industry or trade. Perhaps you would just like to learn about a subject that interests you.  The possibilities are endless! 


The most important thing to remember is that anything that you do to stop the boredom is a worthy action. Clean a room, plant a garden, grow herbs on your windowsill. The important thing is to do something to prevent boredom and the onset of depression. Your disability may have changed your life, but it can be a change for the better.


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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).