During a depressive episode, losing interest in those things you used to enjoy, and feeling hopeless and that life isn’t worth living are all very common. It’s hard to take positive action when feeling this way, but people do try what is within their power to boost their mood. However, while the likes of alcohol and drugs might seem a guaranteed way to lift your spirits, in the longer term they can actually make problems with depression worse.
Seeking professional help is a must when you have depression, particularly if it is more than just a mild case, as effective medications and talking therapies are available to help. However, the beneficial effects of diet, exercise, getting enough sleep and spending time outdoors shouldn't be underestimated.