Fighting depression isn’t easy. But there are ways to make it easier, and one of those ways is to use distraction. I don’t think it’s a good idea to totally disengage yourself from life, but having a daily break from it can work wonders.
Distraction is a productive way to get away from your sadness or problems for a little while each day. Getting professional help for clinical depression is a whole different story, which of course I recommend for anyone with that kind of deep mental illness. But if you are just suffering from mild sadness or depression, there are simple ways to make yourself feel better.
Distraction can be anything that takes you away from your worries for a short period of time. I recommend no more than about one to two hours a day of reading fiction, or watching a non-serious television show or a movie, or a favorite hobby like gardening. The point is to make the distraction something that you can escape into for a little while, but that won’t disrupt your life or take up too much of your time. It is possible to become overly dependent on distractions, so you have to be careful and give yourself a time limit every day, and use the rest of the day for the necessities of life.