What can we do to reduce depression or improve motivation?

In summary, engaging in sports and exercise as well as enjoying hobbies are commonly believed by the medical field to be effective ways to reduce depression, manage emotions, and improve motivation. However, it can be difficult to find motivation for these activities when dealing with depression. Seeking advice from a doctor for potential anti-depressants and counseling is recommended.
  • #1
kenny1999
235
4
In addition to sports and exercising, what is proved or widely believed by the field of medicine that we can do to reduce depression, manage emotion or improve motivation?
 
Biology news on Phys.org
  • #2
Sports and exercise are great , as well as enjoying your favorite hobby, but it is very hard to motivate yourself to do these activities when depressed. Please seek a doctors advice for possible anti depressant meds and counseling.
 
  • Like
Likes berkeman
  • #3
Hi @kenny1999 as @PhanthomJay mentions, we cannot give medical advice here. Have you talked with your family doctor about this? I need to close this thread now per the PF rules about not giving medical advice, but feel free to reach out to me via PM. Thanks, and best wishes.
 

Related to What can we do to reduce depression or improve motivation?

1. What are some lifestyle changes that can help reduce depression?

Some lifestyle changes that can help reduce depression include exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy and balanced diet, practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga, and seeking support from friends and family.

2. How can therapy or counseling help improve motivation?

Therapy or counseling can help improve motivation by providing a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore and address any underlying issues that may be contributing to their lack of motivation. A therapist can also help individuals develop coping strategies and set achievable goals to increase their motivation.

3. Are there any natural remedies or supplements that can help reduce depression?

Some natural remedies and supplements that may help reduce depression include St. John's Wort, Omega-3 fatty acids, and Saffron. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before trying any natural remedies, as they may interact with other medications or have potential side effects.

4. Can physical activity help improve both depression and motivation?

Yes, physical activity has been shown to have positive effects on both depression and motivation. Exercise releases feel-good chemicals in the brain, such as endorphins, which can improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression. It can also increase energy levels and improve overall motivation.

5. What role does social support play in reducing depression and improving motivation?

Social support can play a crucial role in reducing depression and improving motivation. Having a strong support system of friends and family can provide individuals with a sense of belonging and connection, which can improve mood and motivation. Seeking support from others can also help individuals feel less alone and more motivated to make positive changes in their lives.

Similar threads

Replies
3
Views
1K
  • Thermodynamics
Replies
8
Views
1K
Replies
3
Views
1K
  • Biology and Medical
Replies
4
Views
2K
  • STEM Career Guidance
Replies
2
Views
1K
Replies
3
Views
800
  • Biology and Medical
Replies
1
Views
4K
  • Biology and Medical
Replies
3
Views
1K
  • STEM Academic Advising
Replies
2
Views
1K
Replies
28
Views
14K
Back
Top