Find Something, Anything to Do

If you are feeling depressed, one of the most important things that you can do is to distract yourself.  By distracting yourself, you give yourself a break from your negative thoughts which lead to depression.

I distract myself by playing the bagpipes.

Piping Papist

Yes, if you see me for therapy, you can be the first on your block to be able to tell others that  your therapist wears a skirt on his off-hours.

Bagpiping for me is a relief from stress.  It is a physically exerting hobby, and it gives me a chance to socialize with other bagpipers and drummers in my bagpipe band. 

What do you do to relax?  Just make sure that whatever it is, it has a social component.  Doing something with a social component is so critical to feeling better.

About Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC

Nate Prentice, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor who maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Drexel Hill, PA.
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2 Responses to Find Something, Anything to Do

  1. Pyracantha says:

    Hi Nate, it’s Pyra. I really like this Blog so far.
    I struggle with depression and anxiety every day.
    Bagpipes, though, are not for me, as you well know.
    Sometimes the only time I don’t feel horrible is when I sketch.
    An old friend gave me a polished piece of hematite years and years ago and I have carried it in my pocket ever since. I never thought of that use you suggested, so thank you.

  2. Hey Pyra!

    Thanks for the encouragement! I try to put good info that has helped my clients here.

    What do you mean? Bagpipes are great! They also make you look like a blowfish if you do it right. 😉

    Hematite is a great rock to use. Very beautiful.

    Hang in there with the depression and anxiety. A big way to deal with it is to change the way you think about it. I think you just gave me my topic for the day, now that I come to think about it.

    Nate

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