Depression Treatment and Sports
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Depression treatment might be a long and complicated process. Even though your psychiatrist decides on your depression treatment method, there are a few things that you can do to increase the effect of your treatment. Self-care is an important part of depression treatment and anyone suffering from depression can try it because there is no harm in trying.

I have tried so many things until now to help my depression treatment. I used to start a “hobby” but leave it in a couple of days. My interests were always changing, that is, if I had any. One time I tried oil painting and I bought all the necessary tools only to paint just a painting and then leave them to dust.

However, when it comes to sportive activities, things may change. I found it most useful to cope with my depression. I started doing things that normally I would never do, after a session of my choice of sports.

Let’s start with my favorite:

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to fight depression

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is combat sport that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting, that teaches a smaller person how to defend himself against a larger opponent by using leverage and proper technique. It is a combat sport, but it gave me a feeling of belonging to somewhere. When I went to my BJJ gym or dojo, I was treated the right way, although none of them knew me. Everything seemed perfect, I felt like there can be good things in the world too. I don’t think I need to elaborate on how healthy it is for your body. After a few sessions, you’ll notice the difference and you just won’t want to stop. Wearing that gi (special bjj clothing) will make you a part of your team. Your increased physical well-being will boost your self-confidence drastically.

Cycling (Bikepacking) to support depression treatment

Unlike Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, cycling does not make a person feel like a part of a team. It makes you become a part of nature. Well, at least that’s what it did to me. I’m not talking about cycling in the city. I’m talking long-distance. Combined with camping or not, it will give you the time to spend time alone, undisturbed and possibility to think clearer. Your physical health will get better and as you keep on spending time outdoors, you might start feeling better. Cycling might help you cope with depression and keep a scheduled life.

Camping to cope with depression

Camping has the same effect as cycling. Spending time outdoors will boost your self-confidence as you will be spending time alone. But try to be active when you go camping. Go gather firewood, wild fruits etc, go sightseeing, go trekking. Do something outdoors. Depression is a social disorder which I believe is caused by the order of the world. We, people with depression find it hard to accept the harsh realities of the world. Spending time in nature might give you a reason to love the World no matter what.


In addition to the list I’ve tried these sports too, but my love is for the above three. Below listed are also worked fine for me.


Team-Sports (Soccer, football, basketball etc.)

Archery (It is absolute fire!)

Climbing (Outdoors and extreme)


  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I truly
    appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for
    your further write ups thank you once again.


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