Anxiety needs calm, Depression needs energy, both in subtle ways. When the mind is suffering, it craves soothing remedies. Mindless distractions like computer games and wild roller coaster rides won’t help. What is needed is gentle energy.
Just like I said in my post about anxiety, this is not a to-do list. Pick only one thing at a time, and do not see it as a chore. It’s intended to alleviate depression, not to make you feel burdened.
It’s also not meant as a quick read only to be forgotten. You will have to take action in order to get something out of it.
Depression means depletion. We don’t have it in us to get up and make things happen. We need to nurture our mind and our senses. Read literature like “When Things Fall Apart” or listen to an audio book like “Getting Unstuck.”
Engage in subtle movements. Don’t demand tough workouts of yourself. Do some stretching or slow dancing to get in touch with your body. Clap your hands or hit a drum. Take a walk. Movement is especially called for when you find yourself sleeping way too much. There’s nothing wrong with taking a nap. But if you are overly sluggish, make your body move.