I remember when I was down with depression some time back, working on my self like resting, sleeping, exercising, music and reading did not work much.
But I remember, one time I had the courage to help someone despite my condition. That changed everything. Knowing that the person was released, relaxed me internally.
The tensions I had evaporated. I could work on myself better.
It is counter-intuitive to much of self help band wagon out there. Yet it was that simple. The heart to help requires no money, no resources, just my willingness to commit unconditional space and time with someone who is in need.
What I found profound is that when I counsel someone, that conversation will be healing me. It will heal a situation in my mind like karma on the spot.