When you have depression, or think you may have depression, you should seek professional help. Talk to your doctor to find mental health help.
(In addition to professional help.) Many studies and health professionals have pointed towards exercise as a mental health booster.
The Distraction Hypothesis states that exercise can distract individuals from depressive thoughts.
In a study of patients with major depression, comparing just exercise, just antidepressant drugs, or exercise & drugs, 60%–70% of patients saw significant improvements.
Along the principles of the Distract Theory described above keeping active physically and mentally can be largely beneficial. Activities such as gardening, meditation, walking, reading, spending time with a pet, volunteering, and more can all help to improve cognitive mood.