Depression: Learn Something New or Do Something Old

Day 18 of 31 days of depression.

Do you still have your own hobbies? Or have they completely fallen to the wayside?

It’s time to do something for yourself. Something you enjoy that makes you happy.

Need ideas? Check out Pinterest if you enjoy crafts, cooking, photography, or DIY projects.

Is there something you’ve always wanted to do? Do it now. Allow yourself the gift of learning something new and being excited again.


  • Crochet
  • Knit
  • Crafts – make some gifts for Christmas
  • Write
  • Read
  • Scrapbook
  • Cook
  • Bake
  • Paint
  • Create a collage
  • Refinish furniture
  • Make jewelry
  • Sew
  • Plan a themed party
  • Hike
  • Bike
  • Photography
  • Create a bucket list

What ever you choose, do it for yourself.

Do today:

    • Memorize this scripture: The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
    • Writing Prompt: Write down things you want to do. Find new or old hobbies and start doing them again. Don’t forget to write what you are thankful for and act on it.  *If you would like a safe and free place to write, try this online journal at Penzu. It is password protected and you can even encrypt the journal if you need to. You can also use a fake name and junk email address for further protection. This way no one at home finds your personal diary entries.
    • Pray: Lord, I pray for time to enjoy a hobby. Today I pray to live for just today and in the moment. Help me to feel better. In Jesus Name, Amen.

To Purchase This Song: Miracle Of The Moment

What hobbies have you let get away from you? What hobbies do you want to take up? Tell us about them in the comments below.

The next 31 days we will be discussing depression and healthy ways to combat it but we’re going to get real too. Because for those of us who wind up in the pit often, we know platitudes and fluff pieces do nothing for us. My expertise is only based on my own very personal battles with depression and is no way, professional or medical advice. Your participation in this series is voluntary and Melinda Todd is not legally responsible for any choices or actions of participants. Participants release Melinda Todd and Trailing After God from responsibility and liability and continue at their own risk and discretion.



  1. This is sage advice. I know as soon as my kids came I gave up all of my hobbies. I do almost nothign for myself. So this weekend, I will pick something for me!

  2. Lost and Found Lady

    Ahh, this post is definitely ‘for me’. The rhythm of the hands in established patterns is soothing. Now that I’m 45, I have to not knit until my eyes hurt or my wrists ache. But, yeah, I like a lot of different hobbies. Getting gooped up with paper mache paste is a current favorite. I’ve ruined a couple of pairs of jeans with the splattered goo. I’d do it all again.

    From my own experience, please do not allow your internal censor to ruin your enjoyment. You wouldn’t tell a five year old child that his or her crayon picture is ‘hideous’. You wouldn’t stop a three year old from finger painting because of their lack of skill. Please give yourself the pleasure of release from ‘performance’. I even hear my own twelve year old excuse herself from p articipating because “i’ve never been any good at it.” Art is like a baby… you won’t know what art can do until you give years for it to grow up.

  3. The act of creating, especially for ourselves, is one that is both intense and intimate. I love to scrapbook, paint, write poetry and practice my photography. Sometimes it is to share, and sometimes just for me. Thanks for the reminder, I’ve been neglecting that lately!
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