When in doubt, take a walk...

@dawnald (84199)
Shingle Springs, California
April 30, 2009 12:08pm CST
Of course being madly in love and making love every day is a big help for depression. But if you don't have that, walking helps. Yep, getting out into the fresh air on a nice day really can get you out of a funk pretty quickly. Not to say that is a cure for clinical depression, but it helps me. What do you do to un-grump?
3 people like this
16 responses
• India
1 May 09
I agree to your friendly advice/tip... when i am depressed i used to talk a long walk ...but those were not intentional . it used to happen now when u said it, it made me think about those times...Thanks for sharing a nice thought
2 people like this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 May 09
I try to do it (walk, that is) every day. Not just when I'm feeling sad, but for the exercise, to get out in nature, etc.
• United States
1 May 09
Dawn- I work on my martial arts forms when I'm grumpy. The focus helps my mind stay in the present moment and whatever was bothering me soon disappears. I also have a gripe journal that I keep which I write in quite a bit and say all the things I would like to say. It helps me work through the issues at hand. Namaste-Anora
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 May 09
I never did take up martial arts and I probably won't at my age, but I would like to get back into yoga.
• United States
1 May 09
Dawn- You can do martial arts at any age. You may enjoy Tai Chi. Definately get back into yoga. I really enjoy it too. Namaste-Anora
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 May 09
What I would really like is for my body to be 20 again. But I guess getting back into Yoga (and other things) is the next best option. :-)
• China
30 Apr 09
When i feel depression ,i will go out for a walk or run,of course feel good soon.Sometimes unhappy,i eat a lot of food.But do exercise is the best choice.Movement can not only keep happy,but also keep slim.
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Apr 09
chocolate anybody?
• China
1 May 09
I like chocolate,itlet me feel sweet.I also like cheese. haha,but eat too much will bring me fat.So less is good.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 May 09
I like both but I can't eat either one right now. :-(
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
30 Apr 09
I play music very loudly and I dance and dance and dance. I dance alone or with anyone who is in the house with me. Still love to dance - old as I am - I just move! From ballroom dancing to R&R to reggae or soca - I dance!
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Apr 09
I can't dance worth beans but music definitely makes me happy!
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
30 Apr 09
I don't care that I am a senior, overweight or quite possibly may look stupid. I just don't care. I dance and feel great in no time at all.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 May 09
I do the occasional silly dance at home. But it's not really quite dancing! :-)
@piya84 (2589)
• India
11 Oct 10
Hello Going for a long walk seems effective to me as well.I have had many up and downs in recent years and whenever I was alone and depressed I went for a long walk and tried to think of good things. Change in place is necessary. Staying house whole day alone can increase depression instead of decreasing it.Apart from it being with your pet is another thing which can cheer up mood.I have one dog and one cat and they so understand my mood change. When I am depressed they try to entertain me to cheer up my mood.
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Oct 10
Spending time with my pets helps me too.
@besthope44 (12135)
• India
8 Oct 10
Well i take it every weekend and at during festival months i never miss vacations, that my best depression relieving out of mechanical life.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Oct 10
It's something!
@Tonton01 (235)
• Philippines
3 May 09
Either I count to ten, or think what's my weakness and do what I can to improve my strengths and all. Or even Jog..I'd have to agree, Jogging does it right too.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 May 09
exercise of any kind, I think
@savypat (20244)
• United States
1 May 09
I like to sing, singing raises my spirits and makes me feel good. Now I'm not saying how it makes the people who have to listen to me. That is why I sing in the car by myself.
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 May 09
My problem exactly. I like to sing but my kids won't let me...
@kellyt82 (204)
• United States
1 May 09
That is something that I also do. I love to walk. It makes me feel better when I am down. It also gives me a good bosst of energy.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 May 09
Yep walking is good for you in a lot of ways.
• Philippines
1 May 09
yah, i agree with your opinion about that matter, but it only helps you temporary. for me the best way to take away your depression is to turn your attention to something you can be busy, focus to it..
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 May 09
That helps too as does music, a positive attitude and many things...
@katsmeow1213 (28895)
• United States
1 May 09
I don't normally even notice when I'm slipping into a bout of depression, but I think it does have something to do with being less active. For the past couple weeks I've been very active. If I wasn't cleaning the house then I was out and about finding things to do. But these last couple of days I haven't wanted to do anything, and I've been sitting here playing games on my computer. I'm not even getting any laundry done, it's that bad. I did force myself to go to the store yesterday, but as soon as I got home I was right back to the games.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 May 09
I think it's easier to fall into a depression when you're less active, definitely!
@riyasam (16567)
• India
1 May 09
i can say for sure a walk in the evenings or early mornings is bound to cheer us up,i have also tried listening to music and sometimes a long sleep also does wonders.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 May 09
All of those sound good. :-)
@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
30 Apr 09
i do housework. lol its kinda like walking.. but no fresh air.. still excersize.. and i grumble and then when its all done and shiney in here.. i feel much better.. It will be much easier to go for walks with the two little ones now that the weather is nice. i've done it a few times already this week. walking is very nice.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Apr 09
The weather is beautiful here... I don't like housework at all. Hurts my back. but I do like a clean house...
30 Apr 09
When having a "bad day" I find going out often makes me worse Seeing people out and about looking happy and as though they "fit in and are normal" doesn't really do much to improve my mood. I'll do something with the kids, curl up with a good book, watch a film, listen to some music, anything to escape reality really
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Apr 09
Usually when I walk I don't see that many people. People don't walk much here...
@sang2k2 (1833)
• India
30 Apr 09
hi, i think there are many ways to remove ones depressional thoughts out of ones mind.. 1) unless the person has a will to actually remove it he/she may not be able to come out of it ever.. 2) to do sumthing which attracts an individual like walking u said...is one of the best...dancing...playing with kids or playing outdoors..doing some physical acitvity ..keeping oneself busy. 3) working a lot..being in among alot of people or among few friends who actaully know you well ...
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Apr 09
Yes the person has to want to get out of the depression, that is very true!
@jillbeth (2710)
• United States
30 Apr 09
Exercise relieves stress and helps with depression, but it's also a good therapy for anger, too! When I get really mad I just take a walk (usually a pretty brisk one) and it helps me to cool down. Providing service or help to others also helps take our minds off of our own problems.
1 person likes this
@dawnald (84199)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Apr 09
Yep walking cools me down when I'm mad too! And yep helping others definitely is good for many reasons...