Depression is best treated with medication though it is certainly possible to live and not take medicine. Most doctors might argue that depression should be treated with a pill. In some patients, the lack of medicine actually makes them feel better.
Eat healthy foods. If you give your body good food and not junk, it isn't going to be as sluggish. A happy body can lead to a happy mind. Take care of yourself in and out. Take care of your hygiene. Brush your hair, even if you aren't leaving the house. Don't neglect or abuse your body. It is the only one you are going to get.
Join a support group or see a private therapist. Talking helps. If you surround yourself with people who know what you are feeling, it is easier to open up and talk to someone. If you don't want to join a group, at least rely on a friend. The more you can talk about what is bothering you, the better you can feel.
Tell your story on paper. Write about it for the world to read. Start a Blog. Write poems. Keep a private journal. Sometimes things seem a little different when they are on paper. Some people are given the gift of gab. You may be one of those people. Find a positive outlet to express what you are going through.
Go out. If you stare at the same walls every day, you are going to be sad. Get out and move around. Go visit a friend, or go out with friends. Go to the store. Take a walk in the park. Do something outside of your home. Sunlight is good for your soul. Enjoy the sunshine before it's gone.
Get a hobby. Find an activity that will help you take your mind off things. You can sew, play music, work on a project, or anything else you desire. If you keep your self busy you won't get stuck in the humdrum. You may even want to hang out on Helium or other Internet sites. Anything is better than nothing is.
Start an exercise program. Set a certain time to the side every day and take a walk. If you are unable to walk, try another form of exercise. You could check into yoga or another form of meditation. Many people believe in the ancient healing powers of meditation.
Stick to a schedule when it comes to bedtime. Do nothing in your bed but sleep. If you have bills to pay, or a book to read, do it in another room. Keep your bedroom an area of rest.
Light candles or incense. There is power in a scent. Some candles are even made for AromaTherapy. It is a terrific way to relax when you just need a minute to your self. Take a bubble bath. Paint your fingernails and toenails. Pamper yourself the way you like it. Be good to your body and it will be good to you.
None of my suggestions will heal you, but they have helped me and people like me in the past. Each person and situation is different so what might work wonders for one person may not phase another person at all. You may have to try different things to find what works best for you. There is hope for depression without medication. Take things one day at a time and one step at a time. You are in charge and you can do it. You can feel better.