Exercise regularly. Walking, bicycling, jogging, dancing and doing other aerobic exercise can improve your mood.
Don't abuse substances. Alcohol and illegal drugs are closely linked to depression. Their use can contribute to or worsen your condition.
Talk to someone. Talking with a friend or family member about events and situations that are causing you stress can help you gain perspective.
Join a support group. Talking to people can be very useful. Many hospitals and community mental-health centers sponsor self-help support groups.