When people become depressed or anxious they can become very inactive through fear or loss of motivation. It gives them lots of time fill their minds with unhelpful thoughts. The devil makes work for idle brains as well as hands I tell them. When we're productive and sociable, we have other things to think about rather than our worries, our perceived inadequacies and going over what we or other people should have done in the past. It is protective. The potential of activity to be healthful and life affirming is the reason that I became an occupational therapist.
When someone isn't mentally well they can't just flick a switch, get busy and get back to normal. There are parallels to physical illness here. Recent experience with a persistent chest infection has reminded me that a time of recovery is essential where normal activity is gradually restored. Hitting the ground running is an option that can lead to relapse.
One of the things that I suggest to gently kindle an interest in the world again is selective TV watching. The telly has got such a bad reputation because of its potential to induce mindlessness. Yet it can be such a rich resource for education, entertainment and engaging people. And it's relatively cheap as well. So I'll often 'prescribe' the goggle box as part of an initial activity plan.
Especially I advocate comedy as laughter is so effective is inducing a changed mind state. Even if it only does this for a few seconds it's a start on the road to recovery. What you find funny may be different from my own preference. Monty Python, for example, baffles me and doesn't raise as much as a tittle. Father Ted, however floats my boat. I thought today I'd share one of its silliest clips. It lifts my spirits and hope that it might be 'medicine' for others out there who watch it.