A little hobby I found really helped me when I was pretty
depressed that I thought I would share is writing fiction.
How it worked for me was I created characters (only semi
intentionally) that reflected different aspects of my personality and put them
in a over dramatized version of situation I had found myself in and just wrote
what came naturally. I didn’t set out to create characters in that way it more
so just happened as one can only really write from ones own imagination ad
I found it very helpful in just getting thoughts out there
and in some ways conversations between characters helped make real some of the
circular thoughts I got in my head when feeling depressed/anxious as
instead of being mingled together in your head they are separated out into
discrete ‘person’s' who speak one after the other, so I was able to focus on each
‘voice’ one at a time while writing. While not all voices are nice in terms of self talk it helped me to remember that not all my self talk was negative only some of it and that voice can be countered my other ones that are still mine.
It also provided a way much like other hobbies of getting
into a ‘flow’ mental state and often more frequently than other hobbies I have-
the reason being is whilst for say a sport you need to be at the place with the
equipment etc. to get into that zone, if you’re writing fiction you can come up
with ideas/scenarios/conversations at any time in your head (on train, waiting
in line or something those quiet moments that can sometimes be hard to sit
alone with yourself.).
So might not work for everyone but might help someone so I encourage anyone who likes stories and is looking to try something different to help with their anxiety/depression to give it a go.