For most people, it’s not uncommon to experience periods of time when we’re not quite ourselves – perhaps we’re feeling a little under par, our overall mood is lower than usual and we find it difficult to feel motivated doing things we normally enjoy. If this sounds familiar, here are some simple strategies which you can try which might help lift that low mood:
- Stay in touch – don’t withdraw from life. Even if you don’t feel like it, push yourself to see people. It may improve your mood and, if not, means you have family and friends to talk to about feeling low.
- Exercise – there’s evidence that exercise can help lift your mood. Even walking for 20 minutes a day can help.
- Challenge your fears – don’t avoid the things you find difficult. If you start to lose confidence about something – perhaps driving, socialising, or travelling – then facing the situation with someone you trust or who can support you may help.
- Avoid alcohol – for some, alcohol can be a short-term coping mechanism or work as a means of hiding emotions. But alcohol is a depressant and, as well as not solving anything, could make you feel even more down.
- Eat healthily – try to eat well, even if you don’t feel like it. Some people don’t feel like eating when they’re depressed while others find comfort in junk food. Plenty of fresh food will help your mind and body.
- Have a routine – when people feel down, they can get into poor sleep patterns, staying up late and sleeping during the day. Try to get up at your normal time and stick to your routine as much as possible.
- Seek help – if these tips don’t work after a few weeks then talk to your GP. If you start having feelings that your life is not worth living or about harming yourself then seek help straight away.
Boosting your resilience can also be a very helpful means of keeping low mood and anxiety at bay – it means that life’s difficulties, which are inevitable, affect you less and you’re better able to bounce back from them.
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