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.

Making some small changes in your life can usually help you improve your mood, such as talking about your problems, getting more sleep and dealing with stress.

A low mood that doesn’t go away can be a sign of depression.

Depression can happen at specific points in your life, such as the winter months and after the birth of a child.

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.

Talk

Talk

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

Move more

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.

Drink less

Some people turn to alcoholsmoking or caffeine when they are feeling low. Alcohol is a depressant, so although initially it may make you feel more energetic or cheerful, this feeling fades quickly; leaving you feeling down, tired and dehydrated.

Eat well

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.

Stop smoking

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.

Help is available...

You can find out more by visiting the following websites

Livewire Liverpool

Health Trainers

Liverpool Health Trainer service can help you make changes to your lifestyle.

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Healthwatch Liverpool

Liverpool Healthwatch can give you independent information on services which may be able to help you.

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Person Shaped Support (PSS)

Person Shaped Support (PSS) offer a range of courses to promote wellbeing.

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The Life Rooms

Mersey Care NHS Trust run a recovery college for people who have experienced mental health.

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Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Campaign Against People Living Miserably (CALM) offers a free helpline 5pm-midnight as well as advice and information.

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Samaritans

Samaritans offer a listening service for all levels of distress.

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Papyrus

Papyrus is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

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NHS

NHS offers a wealth of advice and support on dealing with low mood, anxiety and depression.

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