Mind and mood
Low mood and depression
There are lots of reasons why you may be feeling down or upset. Things like bereavement, relationship trouble and problems at work can leave you feeling anxious, tired and upset. Finding ways to manage these feelings and lift your mood can help you move forward and get on with life.
Difficult events and experiences can leave us in low spirits or cause depression. It could be relationship problems, bereavement, sleep problems, stress at work, bullying, illness or pain. Sometimes it’s possible to feel down without there being an obvious reason.
A low mood can include sadness, feeling anxious or panicky, worry, tiredness, anger and frustration and tends to lift after a few days or weeks.
A low mood that doesn’t go away can be a sign of depression.
Whatever the cause, if negative feelings don’t go away, are too much for you to cope with, or are stopping you from carrying on with your normal life, you may need to make some changes and get some extra support.
It’s true what they say, a problem shared is a problem halved. Talk to a family member or trusted friend about why you’re stressed. Getting it off your chest can be a really productive way to ease your troubles and help you see things in a different way. If you don’t feel like talking, just spending time having fun with friends can do a lot of good. It can help you relax and take your mind off whatever is making you feel stressed. You can also speak to GP if you are concerned about stress and anxiety.
Small steps to build into your day
Find a way of being active that you like. Almost any form of activity can act as a natural stress reliever. Being active releases feel-good hormones called endorphins into your blood stream, which can ease stress by helping you feel happier, more relaxed and sleep better. Going walking, jogging or running are famously good ways to clear your head and lift your mood.
You may not realise just how big a role your diet plays on your mood. Eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated can give you the strength and energy to cope more easily with everyday life. The benefits that come with a healthy balanced diet can help you feel good and get more out of life.
Stopping smoking can actually reduce your stress levels. Smokers often experience more stress or heightened stress due to nicotine withdrawal between cigarettes. Removing cigarettes from your life also removes these smoking-related issues and helps give you more control over your mood.
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