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How Pain Affects Your Mood

Chronic pain can interfere with every aspect of your life. In addition to being a physical sensation, pain is an emotional condition that can affect your thoughts, mood, and behavior. When pain is chronic it can cause depression and other mood and anxiety disorders. A comprehensive plan for managing your pain should include taking care of your emotional health as well as your physical well-being. 

Pain can put a stop to a lot of activities that you enjoy doing. You may find yourself losing interest in hobbies, exercising, and socializing. Simple tasks around the house may even be difficult to accomplish when your joints are achy. It can become challenging to keep your spirits up when you are suffering. Pain and depression go hand in hand, and unfortunately, they feed off each other.

In order to find relief from the physical and emotional symptoms, you must treat both.  With high concentrations of fatty acids and antioxidants, Milkweed Balm may help promote bone, joint, and muscle health.  Massage on a small amount twice daily, or as needed, to help soothe sore muscles. Stress-management techniques and treatments for depression can help you manage your emotional well-being while you are treating your pain.

If you are feeling overwhelmed physically and emotionally, be sure to talk to your doctor about treatment options. In addition, make sure you are getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet. If you take the steps to boost your emotional well-being, you will help to ease the physical sensations of pain so you can get back to enjoying life.