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  • Tanisha Herrin

Dealing with Depression: Five Quiet Activities When You Feel Like Doing Nothing

Depression makes it difficult to engage in regular activity. When you don’t feel like doing anything, it is hard to get motivated. Instead of tackling a large task or something that requires a lot of energy, consider doing something calming. Do something that will bring your mind to a state of peace.

At the least, consider activities that encourage or create positive energy. Such activity can reduce the effects of depression and promote productivity that may help you feel better. Here are five ideas on what you can do when you don’t feel like doing anything.

  1. Light exercise. It can boost your energy naturally and has positive lasting effects when done regularly. A brisk walk for 15 minutes outdoors may do you good!

  2. Go outside and get some air. Fresh air and sunlight can help clear your mind and relax. Research has shown that natural light can improve your mood.

  3. Write in a journal or color. Keeping a journal can help you pinpoint what makes you depressed. You have a place to write ideas on what you can do to help you feel better. Writing your personal thoughts can help you work through them. Adult coloring books and coloring pages is a productive activity to promote calmness while encouraging personal creativity.

  4. Prayer and meditation. Many of us believe in the power of prayer and taking time out to do just that can help you relieve tension and stress. Even if you don’t pray, you can seek ways to meditate for quiet reflection.

  5. Read. Read content that can improve your mood and state of mind. Read bible scripture about depression, anger, hopeless, or whatever you are feeling. Look for self-help articles, books, and other resources. Consider a novel from your favorite genre. Read about people you admire.

When you choose an activity, take your time with it. There is no pressure to do it a certain way. Getting yourself to do something productive when you’re depressed is an accomplishment. You may figure out a way to deal with a problem or feel ready to tackle something a little more challenging when your mood improves.

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