Finding a new hobby is an excellent suggestion, as others have said.
How about vounteer work? Keeps you busy, you meet new people-- helping others is always a good way of geeing yourself up
I can appreciate it's difficult to get out that rut when you're depressed, it's a vicious cycle. I've had a couple of episodes of depression (of the chemical imbalance variety), I find three things are helpful for it:
1) Exercise: Even a 30-minute brisk walk will lift your mood, gets the endorphins going and burns off anixety-inducing adrenanline. Healthy mind in a healthy body! Plus it gets you out the house
2) Sleep: Can be tricky if you're not feeling 100%; but aim for eight hours a night (no napping during the day), it can make all the difference for me.
3) Perception: No matter how bad things got, I always tried to see something positive in the day. Even if it was just a nice sun-set, being grateful for what I had or taking Dawson-esque humour from my perceived misfotunes-- or maybe just pulling a silly face at myself in the mirror
Either you can depressed that life is tough and then you die; or you make as much fun out of it as you can, and appreciate what reletaively little time you have on the planet
Finally, you're one of my favourite people on here Ingleberry. You come across as a warm, thoughtful and good-natured. If I can sense that through t'internet, I'm sure the good folk as Chez Vegas will too
I'm only 35 miles away, if ever wanted to meet up. [Hears Ingleberry whispering to himself: "I'm not that desperate!"