The proverb, “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy” speaks volumes. Yet, I know of so many high achieving professionals who neglect the element of play and sometimes replace it with more work.
Here is the fundamental truth: It is difficult to feel good if you are not doing the things you enjoy.
Many of my therapy clients who are depressed are not engaged in activities that make them feel good. When they feel down, they stop engaging in the enjoyable activities they would normally be doing – be it playing golf, having a swim at the beach, watching the sunset, watching a comedy on TV, eating at their favourite restaurant, catching up with their friends, or reading a trashy novel… the list goes on.
And gradually over time, these clients build their life around the depression and eventually feel bad much of the time. Enjoyment ceases to exist in their lives. This causes the depression to get even worse.
So, if you find yourself feeling depressed or anxious and haven’t had any fun recently, carve out some time today to schedule in enjoyable activities on a daily and weekly basis, You’ll notice the shifts in your emotional experience.
Please feel free to book a therapy appointment if you are stuck with distressing thoughts and emotions and find you’re not having much enjoyment in your life.
Until next time,