15. Individuals may make lifestyle changes to cope with their feelings.
If you know someone who doesn’t exercise regularly and then see them suddenly start going for a job every day, they could be dealing with depression independently. Engaging in some activity makes it easy for them to focus on something else other than their moods. Engaging in these activities helps to release endorphins, which can make the body feel better overall. This rush can cause them to seek it out more and more so that they start engaging in these activities more often.
If someone is making positive lifestyle changes by eating healthier or working out, be their biggest cheerleader. Please encourage them to do what makes them feel good. Do not shame them or question their motivation as it may not be something they are ready or willing to discuss.