The first one is my favorite!
When you’re living with the black dog of depression, it can be really hard to find the motivation to do anything. Even getting out of bed can seem like an insurmountable task when your life has been robbed of enjoyment, happiness and sometimes, any kind of feelings at all. However, if you are able, perhaps when you’re having a good day, starting a new activity could help to ease your depression.
Obviously, you should see a doctor and follow his or her instructions, but there is evidence to suggest that the following hobbies are good at helping those living with depression to feel better and begin to heal…
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Gardening, if you’re lucky enough to have a space to do it, is a great way of boosting your self-esteem when you’re depressed. Why? Because you are tasked with looking after something else; you plant seeds and watch them grow into beautiful flowers, which is an amazing accomplishment. Combine that with the fact that you’ll be getting a lot more depression-fighting Vitamin D and plenty of exercise and it’s easy to see how gardening could help you boost your mood.
If you’re more of a crafter, and you’re looking for an activity that you can do indoors, picking up and putting down when the mood takes you, embroidery is great. It’s cheap and easy to get started, but it requires lots of concentration, which can help to stop negative rumination in its tracks. It’s also something that you can keep taking to the next level using the best embroidery software to come up with ever more intricate patterns. It’ll keep you busy and pretty soon you’ll notice that your mind is still. It’s like meditation, but with something for your hands to do!
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Woodwork is good for depression sufferers for similar reasons to embroidery – it gives your hands something to do, and you have to focus if you want to create something beautiful – but it is also like gardening in that it gives you a self-esteem boost when you do create something amazing with your own two hands.
If you’re struggling with rumination intrusive thoughts, as many people living with depression do, taking up photography could help you. Why? Because when you’re behind the camera your time will be taken up with looking for the perfect subject and pressing that button at just the right time. Photography also encourages you to get out and look for more interesting subjects, which means more exercise with their mood-boosting endorphins, and more Vitamin D too.
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Puzzles, from Sudoku to crosswords are great for people living with depression because they take very little physical effort, but they can be pretty mentally taxing, and they give you a sense of accomplishment when you complete them. Even if you struggle to finish them, the time spent trying will have helped to keep the negative out.
Pick a hobby, commit to working on it whenever you can and try not to be too invested in the outcome, and you’ll probably find that it, at least, helps to ease your depression a little (or a lot)!
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