During mild- moderate phases of depression I think it’s possible to distract ourselves from the constant negative thoughts we feed it with. It just takes a little effort and our will-power to ignore the “why bother” thoughts (this is depression getting scared because it knows it might lose our attention).
I think most of us probably have a mental list of things we can do to cheer ourselves up a bit- these are usually activities that distract us from the constant negativity depression throws at us. Today, I thought I’d share some of my distraction tool kit:
1. Cutting out pictures from magazines that inspire me and sticking them in a scrap book. (This often takes forever as I end up finding interesting articles to read along the way).
2. Making up an “achievement box” putting in old school reports (as long as they’re good!), certificates, medals, photos, projects I’m proud of (eg. drawings or articles I’ve written), programmes from shows/events you’ve been in.
3. Making up a new iTunes playlist.
4. Sorting through old photos or making new albums on Facebook.
5. Watching “easy”, light-hearted films like Harry Potter, Disney or Pixar.
6. Playing a wordy game like Boggle/Words With Friends on iPad/iPhone/computer.
7. Bath with a magazine (in winter anyway!). With really good bubble bath.
8. Doodling like a kid with coloured pencils and felt tip pens.
9. Playing ball with my dog- she can cheer me up in seconds with that waggy tail!
10. Going to the library/ coffee shop to read- works every time for me.
What do you do to distract yourself from depressive thoughts?
Photo Credit: Herlitz-Monster-Deal via Creative Commons Licence.