The best management for depression is the holistic approach which includes a combination of therapy, a strong support system and a way to reduce the amount of stress in life. Dealing and overcoming depression will be a long process, and permanent lifestyle modifications will be needed. There is no overnight cure. Experts recommend taking up productive and pleasurable hobbies and interests which keeps you motivated and can hopefully curb the blues away. Examples of hobbies that can aid in mental and physical health:
“By definition, hobbies bring people pleasure. And when they do, they not only make you feel better, but they improve your physiology too.” – Srini Pillay M.D.
Tending to plants provides an opportunity to take care of a living matter, which gives you a sense of purpose. Moreover, spending time outdoors will expose the individual to sunlight thus increasing levels of activated vitamin D in the body. A low level of Vitamin D is linked to depression. Taking pleasure in watching your flowers bloom and will be a source of a daily mood booster.
Explore different perspectives and see the world through the lens of the camera. Learning and discovering new methods of taking a beautiful photo will encourage a person to explore the world and embrace the outdoors. There are photography classes and trips where a group of people takes on a journey to beautiful sceneries to take pictures.
Psychologist Douglas Amorim says this about helping his clients heal through photography: “I’ve been a clinical psychologist for seven years, and I’ve always done theater,” he said. “I wanted to express myself artistically about the importance of taking care of mental health.”
Art is an effective tool for self-expression. The artist has the freedom to express in abstract form his feelings and emotions. It also develops your mind to be present in the now. Art requires concentration and dedication in order not to impede the creative process.
Exercise is an essential part of the treatment of depression, but undeniably, the motivation to regularly go to the gym usually dwindles after a week or two. For this reason, experts advise to take up hiking instead. In hiking, you can take up different hiking trails and be one with nature as well. Studies show that spending time with nature has positive effects on one’s mood by increasing relaxation and dispelling negative thoughts.
Jennifer Lager, PsyD incorporates hiking into her therapy. “There’s something about getting them out and moving that helps them relax,” she says.
It is more than a compilation of photographs. Sorting pictures will force you to reminisce about memorable events and milestones in your life. Decorating and designing your scrapbook also encourages creativity. Besides, scrapbooking can be a significant activity to share with family and friends.
Try to remember some of the sports that you enjoy playing as a kid or sports that you wanted to try ever since but never had the opportunity to do it finally. Look for a sports group or sports team in the community who are accepting new players. Whether you choose badminton or basketball or any other sports, the important part is you will get your dose of happy hormones, endorphins, through these physical activities. Being part of a team fosters camaraderie and support among the players.
Play an Instrument
Music therapy is a form of play therapy for various mental illnesses. It is scientifically accepted the fact that music is soothing and promotes relaxation. It also provides a distraction from problems and conflicts that a person faces. Learning how to play an instrument will take time and effort; therefore, diverting your attention and thoughts to something more productive and enriching.