How an Activity Diary can help reduce depression..
One of the useful things I got told to do by my therapist, was to create an Activity Diary or an ACE log. I simply just logged what I did daily, and rated how much I enjoyed the activity, and how much I felt I achieved from doing the activity. Yep, it's as easy as that. It really helped me realise, that by doing just 1 thing a day that I enjoyed, it really improved my mood.
It's important to get a healthy balance of activities which give you a sense of achievement and enjoyment. Choose activities which are important to you, have positive meanings, or are purposeful, and you might want to plan rest periods too. Keep your goals realistic – set achievable limits. For example, aim to walk for 15 minutes each day rather than running for 1hour (guilty), or wash the dishes rather than spring clean the whole house. You can find links to download your own activity diary here or here.
One last thing - I was thinking about starting up my own 'self-help box', where simply, you guys would get a box full of goodies that have helped me in the past, or I think will help you. You don't have to have the box for yourself, it could be for a friend who you think needs cheering up! Think chocolate, colouring books, candles etc.. What do you all think? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!
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