Learn a New Hobby
By actively participating in a new hobby, you are not only developing important skills to help you become a more well rounded person, but you are also devoting time to follow your passions in life.
When you follow your passions in life, you help tame feelings of sadness within. When you feel sad or unmotivated it can be hard to motivate yourself to do things you enjoy doing; however, this is when you need to tell yourself that by participating in various activities you are effectively dealing with your depression.
According to the article, “The 4S’s of Adolescent Success", authors Michelle Gall and William Stixrud, cite information from Daniel Goleman, who states, “students who are anxious, angry, or depressed don't learn; people caught in these states do not take in information efficiently or deal with it well."
Gall and Stixrud then state that, “Emotional control equips teens with the resources they need to both prevent and cope with many of life's daily challenges. Other important aspects of self-regulation include concentration, flexibility, and persistence."
By taking control of the situation, you aren’t allowing depression to take control of your life. You are dealing with matters that need to be dealt with and not surrendering to your impulses. You are practicing self-control and making a conscious effort to change the way you feel. Moreover, it all starts with doing things you love most.