A hobby is an activity that’s done for the sheer pleasure it gives you –from reading, to throwing pots (not literally, on a potter’s wheel) to bicycling, it can be anything that engages your attention and thoughts. It’s something you do for you, and for you alone. And when you spend time doing it , it’s hard to focus on your negative thoughts.
Hobbies that involve meeting and interacting with other people—such as a knitting circle or book club-- may be particularly effective against depression. And even more helpful when it comes to managing depression, is a hobby that combines physical activity – a known depression fighter-- and interacting with people. Some possibilities are intramural team sports, a running or cycling club, or a regular workout class at the gym.