• 26th Feb, 18 •
Some simple ways to improve low mood.
When people feel low in mood the main temptation is to let the low mood take control. It doesn’t need to be this way but often thinking of ways to change the mood can be difficult. Think about being well as something you do, rather than something you are. The more you put in the more you are likely to get out.
Here are just a few things you may like to consider:
- Challenging your mood with self talk....... “If I wasn’t feeling like this, what would I be doing” then consider what is the smallest thing you could do to achieve this goal and take a small step forward.
- Keep active ....Exercise helps to change mood, even if it is just a short walk, you will benefit from a new environment and fresh air.
- Do something purposeful
- Connect with friends or family members you feel you can trust. Those that care about you will want to be there to listen
- Write down your thoughts and feelings, this is good for emptying the mind of negative thoughts. This can be done at any time of the day but usually works best first thing in the morning.
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep, if you struggle to get to sleep don’t lay awake for longer than 20 minutes, get up and have a drink and then return to sleep
- Make a plan for a day of self care, doing something you really enjoy, visiting a place that makes you feel good. Create a visual picture of this day, research information about it and find out something you did not know.
- Learn something new, this can give you a sense of achievement and a boost of confidence.
- Listen to some music that makes you feel lifted in spirits, sing out loud as though nobody is listening.
- Give to others, even the smallest act of kindness can help to improve your wellbeing. Give a smile to a stranger, offer an hour of voluntary work, to build your social network.
- Be mindful, be aware of the present moment including your thoughts and feelings. This can help how you feel about life and change situations positively.
- Prepare or cook a healthy meal for yourself.
- Clear out a wardrobe and give clothes you no longer wear to charity.
- Have a warm bath and relax.
- Laugh and have fun, laughing improves wellbeing it unleashes stress busting endorphins . what’s more your body can not distinguish between fake laughter and real laughter so any goggle will do.
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Relationship difficulties
- Communication problems
- Separation or divorce
- Sadness, hurt or anger
- Frustration, confusion or despair
- Stress, anxiety or depression
- Mood changes
- A change of family situation or life stage
- A feeling of rejection
- Difficulties living with chronic pain, critical illness or disability
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