pleasant activity 

When we feel down, depressed, or lack self-esteem, we often don’t feel like doing anything.  The less we do; the less we feel like doing; the more depressed we feel.  Yet a simple fact is that getting out to do something pleasant, fun or enjoyable often makes us feel a bit better, even just for a short while.    

There’s a common misconception that we need motivation to do something. The truth is, it is often the opposite. We have to do something, in order to get the engines moving to spark motivation.  Getting started is the typically the hardest part.  

To make it a bit easier, plan ahead and set yourself small, achievable goals to do more things.  Make plans with a friend so the commitment will give you an extra ‘push’ to follow through.  Ask yourself, “what can I do today that will make today better than yesterday?”  

It really doesn’t matter what - just do something.  Waiting until you “feel like it” doesn’t work, because the inactivity only makes you feel worse.

Here is a list of activities to get you inspired

  • Eat a good meal
  • Improve health (change diet, work out...)
  • Go downtown
  • Go to a museum or exhibit
  • Give blood
  • Lend something
  • Enjoy a sauna or spa
  • Buy some watercolours & paint
  • Be with friends or relatives
  • Talk on the phone
  • Daydream
  • Go to a movie
  • Budget your time
  • Cook a meal
  • Do odd jobs around home
  • Go to a restaurant
  • Reminisce, talk about old times
  • Get up early in the morning
  • Volunteer at the animal shelter
  • Write in a diary
  • Say prayers
  • Meditate
  • Practice gratitude
  • Read the newspaper
  • Go for a walk or run
  • Walk barefoot at the beach
  • 10 minutes of deep breathing
  • Sew or do needlework
  • Go to a barber or beautician
  • Be with someone you love
  • Rent a movie
  • Start a new project
  • Go to the library
  • Plant seeds for a windowsill pot
  • Watch people
  • Watch fish swim in a fish tank
  • Sell or trade something
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter
  • Buy some flowers
  • Plant a herb garden
  • Write a letter
  • Surf the internet
  • Care for houseplants
  • Read cartoons or comic books
  • Use your strength
  • Ride a bike
  • Go for a drive
  • Your Ideas:
  • Rearrange a room
  • Listen to upbeat music
  • Start voluntary work
  • Go to a park or the beach
  • Buy a used musical instrument and learn to play
  • Go to a play, concert, ballet...
  • Plan trips or vacations
  • Buy yourself a small gift
  • Do artwork or crafts
  • Read sacred works (Bible, Torah...)
  • Wear clothes you like
  • Read a book or magazine
  • Hear a lecture or sermon
  • Watch a TedTalk
  • Listen to a relaxation tape
  • Go out in a canoe or row boat
  • Do the dishes
  • Work on machines (car, bike...)
  • Play a board game
  • Complete a difficult task
  • Solve a puzzle or crossword
  • Take a long bath or shower
  • Write a story, poem, music...
  • Build a model or Legos
  • Sing or play an instrument
  • Work at your job
  • Visit to a church or temple
  • Go to a community meeting
  • Learn to say 30 words in another language
  • Bake a cake
  • Solve a personal problem
  • Hygiene (floss teeth, fix hair...)
  • Visit someone who is ill
  • Do outdoor work
  • Sit in the sun
  • Go to a fair or zoo
  • Plan an event
  • Play with animals (dog, cat, horse...)
  • Listen to talkback radio
  • Give someone a gift
  • Take pictures
  • Talk about sports
  • Watch or participate in sports
  • Help or protect someone
  • Hear jokes (i.e. comedy club, funny movies)
  • See beautiful scenery
  • Plant or tend a garden
  • Work on or start a collection
  • Spend time with children
  • Stay up late
  • Go to a garage sale or auction
  • Meet someone new
  • Go swimming at the local gym
 

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