Activities that alleviate depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health problems, in the UK the prevalence of depression in adults is estimated to be 4.5%. Mild depression accounts for 70% of all cases, moderate depression, 20% and severe depression, 10%. There are several factors that can cause depression, though those factors vary between different people. In some cases, a combination of different factors may be responsible for their diagnosis of depression. Some of the most common factors that are believed to cause depression are childhood experiences, stressful life events, physical health problems, genetic inheritance, drug and alcohol abuse and sleep problems. There is a number of treatments for depression, counselling therapies, medication but as well as self-help tools that can be found on books or online.

If you are experiencing mild symptoms of depression, there are things you can include in your daily routine that can help you improve your mental wellbeing. Even if your symptoms are more severe, changing your daily habits can have positive effects on your overall mental wellbeing. Below there are several things that you can add or change about your daily routine that can improve your depressive symptoms.

Regulate your sleep patterns

Depression might cause someone to feel more tired than usual and cause drowsiness. However, staying in bed and taking naps throughout the day can only make your symptoms worse. Instead, wake up early in the morning and start your day in a productive way.

Be kind to yourself

Treat yourself to things that are calming and improve your mood. Scented candles, bubble baths, and tranquil environment can help you feel better. Find relaxing activities that help you feel calmer, such as listening to music or reading. Dedicating even 15 minutes of your time for self-care can significantly alleviate your mental health.

Start exercising 

Exercise prompts the release of brain chemicals such as neurotransmitters and endorphins, that can alleviate your mood. Exercise can also help you cope with daily stress and anxiety and can boost your self-esteem, which can help ease symptoms of depression.

Social interaction 

Having a social life is essential if you want to improve your depressive symptoms. Isolating yourself and avoiding social contact can only make your symptoms get worse. Sharing your feelings and experiences can help you feel better and more relieved.


Meditation can help your brain better manage stress and anxiety that trigger depression. It teaches you to pay attention to thoughts and feelings without judging yourself. Mediation help you notice and accept your negative thoughts and feelings and find ways to cope with them.

Depression can be a serious mental health issue. If you have symptoms of depression, consider seeking support from a therapist before trying self-help or other alternative approaches. The suggestions above are some things that can help you deal with your symptoms in your daily life. However, if you feel that it does not work for you, there are several services that you can contact and get support!