Great list. I like that your list promotes taking a proactive approach to depression.
I would also add to the list encouraging healthy eating habits and nutrient therapy. Tragically, drug therapy (although it has its place) often displaces common sense and an appreciation of a proper diet. Nutrients (e.g., folate, tryptophan, omega-3, B and C cvitamins, zinc, and magnesium) are involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, so a diet rich in these nutrients should be promoted.
I would also encourage formal support from a naturopath, as naturopaths take a holistic approach to depression, taking into account your physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being.
There are a host of reasons one should consider a naturopath. A few of the key features of a naturopath that I find indispensable as a therapy option is that treatments are individualized, they will deal with the underlying cause of depression (not just merely manage symptoms), and promote autonomy (unlike drug therapy that tends to promote dependency). As I said, drug therapy has its place, but it is about being an informed consumer and exploring the options that we have at our disposal.
I would also add to the list the possibility of accepting God into our lives and his offer of friendship. As written in Matthew 5:3: "Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need." All we need to do is just "taste and see that Jehovah is good; Happy is the man who takes refuge in him."--Psalm 34:8. Millions of people can testify to this, myself included. My life has had many positive and lasting changes ever since I took refuge in Jehovah God. So it is definitely something for the wise to consider.
I also like Regina’s pet therapy suggestion. I had cats in the past while I was depressed. In retrospect, they were very much a lifeline. They gave me tremendous comfort and love (well, sorta. Most cats love you as long as there is food there lol). But it helped me tremendously, more than I realized at the time.
I have actually recently been thinking seriously about getting a dog. I’m researching breeds to find one that will be compatible with my personality and lifestyle, and I’ll see if I can rescue said breed from an animal shelter. Who knows, I might fall in love with a random from the shelter. Animals are definitely therapeutic!
Thanks again for sharing your experiences with depression. I have no doubt that people can use the items in your list to research and explore in more detail.