As part of the Every Mind Matters campaign this October, DHC Talking Therapies will be talking about how we can all make an impact on our mental health. This week we are talking about Low Mood.
Everyone feels low or down from time to time. It doesn’t always mean something is wrong. We have all experienced situations in which we have felt upset, sad or disheartened. Feeling low is common after distressing events or major life changes.
If your mood seems very low for several weeks, and starts to impact on your daily life, you may be experiencing depression (we can help with low mood or depression, talk to the team at DHC Talking Therapies for further advice, click here for self-referral
What are the causes of low mood?
There are many things that may cause low mood and it will vary from person to person as we all have different circumstances and lifestyles. Sometimes it could be caused by a life event such as a bereavement or the loss of a job or it could be something that is ongoing such as finances or juggling family life.
We are all affected by events in our lives differently and some people can feel low more often than others.
There is support available to you if you have feelings of low mood. You can visit your GP and talk to them about how you feel, you can also contact a service such as us and refer yourself for talking therapy.
Here are some simple changes you can make to your daily life to improve low mood.
Get a good nights sleep
The Every Mind Matters website has some useful advice on sleep problems
Head to the EMM website to read more
Challenge negative thoughts
Tackling unhelpful thoughts is one of the best things we can do to feel less anxious
EMM has a useful video on how you can better deal with negative thoughts – click here
Get active and move more
Being active can help you to burn off nervous energy. It will not make your stress disappear, but it can make it less intense.
See the EMM Stress page for more information
When to get help
Everyone feels low or down sometimes, particularly when difficult things are happening in our lives. If you’re still feeling down or no longer get pleasure from things for most of each day and this lasts for several weeks, you may be experiencing depression.
You can refer yourself to a local IAPT service such as DHC Talking Therapies or you can talk to your GP.
If you’re having thoughts that life’s not worth living, or you’re self-harming or thinking about doing so, it’s important to tell someone.
These thoughts can be complex, frightening and confusing, but you don’t have to struggle with them alone. Help and support is available right now : Crisis and Emergency Contacts in Surrey