Living with depression is like forever walking on a tightrope. On some days we may be able to handle the quotidian challenges of life with ease, aplomb and even grace. Yet, we know that even on good days we’re only one wobble away from tumbling into that dark abyss. While medication, counselling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help us to keep our balance on this precarious rope, every now and then life will throw a gust of wind at us to knock us from our untenable perch. If we receive bad news, have a fight with a loved one or endure a particularly stressful and demanding day at work, these can all have an aggregate effect on our mental health and cause us to lapse into harmful old habits and thought processes.
If you are injured at work, at play, on the street or in the gym, not only can the trauma and pain of the injury itself cause you to lapse into depression, your injury may prohibit you from the antidepressant effects of regular exercise or an active lifestyle. Here we’ll look at some ways in which you can keep the black dog at bay while you convalesce…
If you have been an injured in an accident it’s easy to lapse into feelings of anger and resentment which will only serve to fuel dark thoughts. If you are to try and remain positive, it helps to be proactive. Positive affirmations and meditation can really help you stay in a positive thought pattern. Sometimes the financial burden of not being able to work while you are injured can be worrisome as well. A personal injury lawyer can be invaluable in helping you get the compensation you need to allay medical costs.
Stay as active as possible
Your injury may be an encumbrance for a while. It may be hard or even impossible for you to live your life in the same way that you once did. You might not be able to go back to work or do the leisure activities that once gave you joy. You may be tempted to live a more insular life, rarely interacting with people and rarely leaving the confines of your home. Nonetheless, it’s essential not just to your physical recovery and your mental health that you take steps to reclaim your social life and surround yourself with loving, caring, positive people.
Eat to heal
We all know that the food we put in our bodies is an essential part of maintaining mental wellness. Yet, after a traumatic event such as an injury; ice cream, pizza and various other junk foods suddenly become all the more appealing. Nonetheless, this is an urge you must resist. Eat to rebuild your body and facilitate your recovery and your mental health will improve as a result.
Many of the same foods that work to rebuild damaged tissue after injury also help us to maintain good mental health. Funny how that works, huh?