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Being Sedentary Makes me Depressed

Posted Jul 17 2012 12:00am

Just over a week ago I took a tumble on my mountain bike. I flew over the handlebars and landed on lots of rocks. Then my bike landed on top of me. I pulled myself together, dusted myself off and rode my bike to the bottom of the mountain. Then I sat and took stock of my injuries. I imagine I was in a bit of shock, because I was shaking, my ribs where tender and it hurt to breath. I decided to call it a day.

The next day was so much worse! Every breath hurt and every movement hurt my left side. But I was a trooper, and tried to ignore the pain and go to work and be a mom. After three days the pain was so much that I went to see a doctor for some pain medicine. I didn’t think there would be much the doctor could do – bruised ribs or broken ribs are healed the same way, with time and rest. And although there wasn’t much she could do, she did send me for x-rays and I learned the details of the damage I did.

I have a contusion on my lung (basically a bruise) and a few fractured ribs. Time and rest along with pain killers and anti-inflammatory pills are what I need. So I’m trying.

I have to be honest, resting is so boring! Being confined to a reclined position makes me feel tired and depressed. Every time I see a Facebook post that a friend is out riding her mountain bike, I was to cry in jealousy. It is unfair and it makes me angry and sad.

The doctor says it will take 4 – 6 weeks to heal, but that I should be careful because if I go out with a fracture not fully healed and do something that pulls it and tears it apart, it will take an extra long time to heal.

So I need to rest and can’t push myself too soon or it will take longer to heal and I’ll just have to rest more. So bottom line, I need to rest.

My biggest concern is depression. Sitting around, not doing much of anything makes me depressed. I feel sorry for myself, which isn’t healthy mentally, I miss the endorphins created by exercise, and I miss the social interactions I get through mountain biking or Taekwondo.

So, I need some help keeping myself in a good mental space while I’m resting. What tips do you have for fighting depression when you are forced to rest for an illness or injury?  What can I do?
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