I have this terrible dark side to my personality, which playing tennis keeps at bay.
Exercise is the number one recommendation for naturally fighting the symptoms of depression. (I am not a doctor.)
Even if it was ages ago, most of us have experienced this through a "runner' s high," a clarifying hike, or a laugh-out-loud exercise class. Exercise releases the feel-good brain chemicals: neurotransmitters and endorphins, boosts confidence, is a great distractor, and can be a social outlet.
Take the first step, no more, no less, and the next will be revealed.
Unfortunately, when we are depressed exercise is also the last thing we feel like dong- much like water can nearly cause us to gag when we are dehydrated. Baby steps. A 10k is not in order, gardening or washing your car is the perfect prescription!
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.