Depressive symptoms interfere with self-regulating and cognitive abilities. Individuals suffering from depression have to deal with deficient emotion regulation and cognitive control that manifest in rumination and cognitive bias. Managing the deficits requires cognitive endeavour and motivation.
Cognitive motivation has remarkably been found to positively influence emotion regulation and functional forms of coping. This motivational disposition might help people with depression acquire competencies that are vital for emotional adjustment and mental health.
Practising cognitive exercises or engaging in challenging but attainable cognitive activities could give individuals suffering from depressive symptoms “a sense of mastery” and thereby reinforce those abilities that are essential for emotion regulation.