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Activities to Use That Fight Depression in Young Adults

  • Posted at Oct 23, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
Activities to Use That Fight Depression in Young Adults

Young adults experience mental health issues like depressive disorders just like older adults. Young adults may even be more at risk for developing depressive issues if they live alone or are subjected to other risks. Depression in young adults is something that is treatable with individualized treatment programs like the ones available at Yellowbrick Program. But, there are also some things that young adults can do in their daily lives that can help improve symptoms of depressive disorders.

Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Depression in Young Adults

Being able to identify signs and symptoms of depression can help young adults better understand if they should get help. And, learn about activities in which they can utilize that can help to manage depressive symptoms. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of depression in young adults include:

  • weight fluctuations
  • trouble sleeping
  • trouble focusing and concentrating
  • unwanted emotions like sadness, despair, and hopelessness
  • apathy for things previously enjoyed like hobbies
  • mood swings
  • bad grades and loss of interest in school
  • shame and guilt
  • suicidal thoughts and ideation
  • physical symptoms like stomachaches, headaches, and muscle aches

Activities That Can Help Manage Symptoms of Young Adult Depression

While treatment is effective, changing routines and focusing on healthy activities can help young adults who are struggling with depression manage some of their symptoms. Some activities that young adults can do that may combat symptoms of depressive disorders include:

Going Outside and Taking in Nature

Nature can evoke feelings of mindfulness, which is the practice of staying in the present moment. There’s something about nature that pulls us into the present and allows us to focus on how we feel and what we’re thinking at each moment. This can help people who are struggling with depression learn how to accept what they are feeling so they can move forward. To get outside more often and immerse yourself in nature, plan more walks, bike rides, and time in the garden.

Writing Down Your Thoughts, Goals, and Experiences

Writing can be a good way to explore how you’re feeling and put it all out there without having to go to therapy or having to open up to people in your inner circle too much. Being vulnerable about your thoughts and feelings can be a therapeutic tool and help you manage the symptoms of depression that you’re experiencing. It can also be a good tool to help you learn what alternative coping strategies you can use in your daily life.

Getting More Exercise

Exercise is a great way to help people living with mental health issues to better manage moods, so it can be helpful for young adults who are living with depressive disorders. You don’t have to have a bodybuilder’s exercise routine, but it can be helpful to go on more walks, get involved in community sports, or so swimming more often.

Getting Professional Help for Young Adult Depression

If you or a loved one is a young adult living with depression, sometimes, implementing healthy activities isn’t enough to manage depressive symptoms. In these cases, it’s best to get help from mental health treatment professionals. There are a number of programs and treatment approaches that can help people living with depression manage symptoms and learn how to develop and practice healthy coping skills.

Yellowbrick specializes in mental health treatment programs for young adults living with mental health issues, including depressive disorders. Learn more about our treatment opportunities that are geared towards the needs of young adults on our website.

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