Depression and Exercise

Exercise helps all children, but it can be especially helpful for children with depression. This is because exercise releases important chemicals in our brains that help reduce depression symptoms. Regular exercise can also boost self-confidence, help with meeting new people and promote positive coping strategies.

Exercise does not have to be going to the gym or taking a class. Try a family dance party or walk to a playground and play on the swings. Even doing chores can be exercise! Youth with depression may say they are too tired to exercise, but once they are up and moving, their energy will increase.

For more information on exercise and depression, read this article from the Mayo Clinic: