A back injury not only impacts an individual physically but traumatizes him/her psychologically as well. It can potentially damage one’s self-esteem affect lifestyles, impact social life, lead to depression or worse – abruptly end fledgling careers. Basically, it can change the way a person looks at life. This post, we shall have a look at ways to deal with back pain and depression.
Running and exercising release ‘happy’ chemicals like endorphin in our body which is responsible for a runner’s high. It makes one feel happy and addicted. When someone is suddenly deprived of these ‘highs,’ it can lead to depression and anxiety. To add to our woes, under these stressful circumstances, more cortisol is secreted in our bodies which increase our sugar cravings and distort our eating habits. That means we start eating more junk, put on weight and further depress our already depressed life.
So, what is the way out? Well, in my view, along with the physical aspect of any injury, dealing with the psychological part is of paramount importance. A counselor or a sports psychologist could be handy in such situations. You may also want to check out this video – a testimonial by Michael who underwent the NBE (Neuro-BioEnergetics) therapy to cure the 39-year old chronic back pain and has been able to maintain a healthier, more energetic and improved quality of life.
Thoughts like: “What could’ve I done to avoid it?” can bog you down even more. Stay in the present and be patient. Consult an expert or a specialist and work out a realistic recovery and rehab plan. Respect your body and don’t rush through your recovery. It helps to be a little less macho under such circumstances and good to stay socially invested.
A reclusive lifestyle can worsen matters. Stay in touch with your friends and well-wishers which can augment the process of emotional healing. After the recovery, that may take anything between few days to a few weeks, you can resume training once again. This is also another challenging phase as muscles/ligaments/bones/cartilages which get injured render a person physically and emotionally drained.
Give yourself time and work with an expert who can guide you through the process. Don’t be a passive recipient of your recovery and rehabilitation program. Play an active role in this journey. Read and try to know more about your injury and what you can do to go through a successful recovery program. Take one step at a time, setting small but realistic goals.
The biggest stumbling block in your comeback journey is the chance of a re-injury. So be calm and do not rush your comeback. It takes time and patience to get back to your pre-injury status. Your comeback is a day-by-day, week-by-week journey. “Tough times don’t last, tough people, do.”
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