Psychology Today highlights research from Stanford by Rachel Mander that going to sleep at the same time each night, and getting up at the same time each morning, improves depression better than many other treatment types. Other studies suggest that getting up at the same time is what is most critical regardless of varying night time routines. While very specific research shows that women who get up early are 12% -27% less likely to develop depression. Naturally, sleep quality and quantity are important factors as it is clear sleep deprivation leads to depression.
The Lancet Psychiatry Journal published recently that doing regular exercise, on average, reduces depression by 43%, and doing regular household chores can reduce depression by 12%. While having depression might make it hard to do these activities, the benefits are very clear. There are significant benefits if you can get moving regularly and I know having a clean house and yard makes most people feel better as well!