Depression is never easy for anyone to deal with. Having a routine that is too repetitive or lacking stimulation can make things worse. The good news is that we’ve compiled a list of some fun things you can do when you’re feeling like your routine is getting dull.
1. Take a Walk Outside, Even if It’s Cold!
Walking outside is one of the best ways to get out of your head and get some fresh air. Feeling motivated to go out when it’s cold and gloomy can be challenging, but you’ll find it refreshing and rewarding afterward.
When you’re depressed, there is nothing worse than being stuck inside all day on your couch with no motivation to do anything. Walking outside is a way that you can get out of this rut and get some exercise at the same time!
2. Do Something Creative
In our day-to-day lives, we’re often told that creativity is a luxury. We’re taught to focus on the task at hand and complete it. But sometimes, when we’re feeling stressed or depressed, it can be challenging to get out of that mindset and try something new.
When you’re stuck in a rut, doing something creative is one of the best ways to break the cycle. Drawing, painting, writing poetry, or music are all fun things to do when you’re feeling stuck in your depression routine. You might even find that finishing your project and looking back on it later helps give you a positive sense of accomplishment.
3. Watch a Movie or TV Show That Makes You Feel Good
If you’re feeling stuck in your depression, it can be helpful to watch a movie or TV show that makes you feel good about yourself. It can remind you of past accomplishments and successes or simply help you feel better.
For example, you can search online for stories of people doing incredible things. You may not know how to do those things, but the idea that someone else is doing it gives you hope that someday you will, too. Or maybe there’s a movie about someone who struggles with depression or anxiety but learns how to overcome it. Hearing how others overcome the things you’re struggling with may inspire you to do something similar.
4. Read a Book
Reading can be an escape from your current situation. It can give you a fresh perspective on things. It can also be a way to learn more about yourself, others around you, or the world. Reading allows us to see things from another point of view, which can help us understand the world better and make more informed decisions.
Reading can also help motivate you towards achieving goals or accomplishing tasks that may seem daunting or overwhelming at first glance. Reading books on how others have overcome similar situations or achieved goals similar to yours inspires you to keep going when times get tough!
5. Go for a Swim (Or Take a Bath) In the Wintertime!
In the wintertime, you might feel stuck in a rut. It can be hard to get out of bed and do anything, and there’s a lot of pressure to stay inside where it’s warm. But you can do many things to help you feel like yourself again!
If your depression involves staying inside all winter long, it might be time for a change. One simple thing you can do this winter is go for a swim outside in below-freezing temperatures. You may think this sounds crazy (and it might be!), but it’s a great way to boost your mood and get out of your headspace for a while. When you’re cold outside and have to focus on keeping yourself warm, your mind will concentrate on something other than your depression symptoms—which means they won’t feel as intense or constant anymore!
6. Plan a Trip Somewhere New
Planning a vacation can be both exciting and stressful. But if you prepare and ensure everything is ready before you go, then it should be enjoyable instead of stressful.
Start by listing everything that needs to be done before leaving on your trip. This list will include packing all your belongings, cleaning your car or truck if required, filling gas tanks, and ensuring that pets have all the necessary paperwork and medications. You also want to make sure that any bills are paid before leaving town so there are no surprises when returning home from vacation!
If you have kids, ensure they have completed school assignments before leaving town so they don’t miss anything crucial while away!
7. Send an Email to Someone Who Makes You Smile
When you’re feeling depressed, it can be hard to find opportunities to feel good. But one way to lift your spirits is by reaching out to someone who makes you smile and reminds you of your best self.
We’re all guilty of getting wrapped up in our lives and forgetting about the people who make us happy. When we’re feeling stuck in a depression, it can be challenging to remember what makes us happy.
Reaching out to someone who makes you smile and inspires you shows them how much they mean to you. Just send a quick email or text letting that person know how much they inspire you. The time it takes them to read that message will impact their day and make yours a little brighter, too!
8. Eat at Your Favorite Restaurant
Eating at a restaurant might seem like a random thing to do when you’re feeling depressed, but spending time with friends or family members is an integral part of treating depression. And what better way to spend time with people than over some delicious food? The best part is you don’t have to do the cooking or worry about cleaning up afterward.
9. Make Time for Exercise
Exercise has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders by improving mood and energy levels. It can also help keep your body healthy by relieving stress on the cardiovascular system and increasing blood flow, which assists in reducing inflammation and improves immune function.
When you’re feeling stuck, think about what activities you enjoy that might also be suitable for exercise: walking around town, going hiking, playing sports, dancing, biking, running, swimming… whatever works for you!
Remember: we all need some help sometimes! If you don’t know how to start exercising regularly or feel like it’s just too much work right now with all the other things going on in your life… talk with a therapist or medical professional today!
10. Spend Time With Your Family
Having close bonds with family creates an essential sense of community that benefits your mental health and the mental health of your family members. Seek to create safe spaces where everyone can put aside their differences and find something positive to share. Working on and maintaining a sense of togetherness is essential for close family bonds.
We hope this list can help you break out of a rut or even give you something to look forward to on a sad day. Sometimes, it all comes down to picking the proper distraction that you know will make your day better and make you feel like yourself again.