Being a sole parent, with limited support and working fulltime, I have dealt with my fair share of depression and burnout over the years.
Here are a handful of my favorite methods for managing my depressive episodes.
1. Eating healthy, home cooking, less take out.
2. Going for a run/ walk or lifting weights at home. It can be a monumental effort to actually get out and do it, but without fail, this has consistently elevated my mood every time. And as a bonus occasionally a fellow runner will say hi or have a brief chat which is nice.
3. Organising the home for success, throw junk, wash bed linen, simplifying washing and cooking routines. Anything to help relieve stress in the home.
4. Reading positive self help books. I have a large stack of books, which i purchase from book shops when feeling especially down. When i wasnt working fulltime, I would visit the local library. The relevant topic book tends to jump out 'when browsing.
5. Writing out my problems. I write my problems down on paper, and then analyze a way to tackle them one by one. This brings a sense of control and relief.
6. Vision board. Basically trawl the internet for pictures of things I want and collage it all in one place. The home I want, the wife I want, the car, holidays, career, everything! It is nice to dream sometimes, and then work towards getting those things you want. Can be very uplifting and bring a sense of hope.