Depression and Back Pain, The Holiday Hangover
The holidays usually bring out the best and the worst of us all. We fall off our exercise regimen, we eat food that is not good for us, we drink too much, we get less sleep and we spend more money . One of these problems can lead to depression and/ or back pain. All of them together are a surefire way to get into trouble.
Over the years it has been proven that chronic pain and depression have a symbiotic relationship. Each condition feeds the other and once a person gets caught up in those symptoms, it is very hard to break that cycle.
Awareness is key. Be cognizant of the fact you are overbooked, or you have not exercised in a week. Recognize the feeling of sadness or exhaustion before it reaches proportions you cannot handle.
Plan ahead to keep both your energy and your money on a budget.
Book your exercise like you would your arrival at a party.
Don’t spend money you don’t have.
Have one glass of water between every alcoholic drink.
Go to bed at a regular time as many nights as you can.
Enjoy your family. Let old disagreements go.
Volunteer, especially if you don’t have big plans yourself.
Sign up for holiday runs and activities.
Most of all, if you feel unable to handle the stress of the season, get professional help. Should you require an antidepressant or just someone to talk to, calling a professional is the first step to conquering these feelings.
Have a happy and safe holiday season. Please look after yourself.
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