Hobbies won’t magically cure your depression but healthy habits can help you regain some control over your feelings and thoughts.
Becoming more involved and active will restore some strength, self-awareness, and happiness. In short, hobbies help you cope.
1. Take care of a living thing. Depression convinces you that you don’t matter. Your own brain tells you that you’re unimportant and worthless. To battle the negative lies depression feeds you, forge a connection with the living things around you.
- Plant a vegetable or herb garden
- Offer to walk or watch your friends and family’s pets
- Babysit for a neighbor
- Keep a houseplant
2. Get creative. A hobby that clearly produces signs of progress can be motivating and rewarding. Use your own hands and creativity to make something awesome!
- Fill in a coloring book
- Cook a new recipe
- Scrapbook happy memories
- Sew or knit
- Try a new instrument. Take lessons in person or find instruction videos online
3. Join a group. If your depression is inhibiting your self-motivation, find a group that shares your interest.
- Volunteer in the community
- Join a book club. Or start your own!
- Find a local support group meeting
- Join a sports team like bowling or softball
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