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Five Top Tips for Manging Low Mood


You are not alone - research shows that approximately 1 in 10 people will experience low mood at some point in their lifetime.




Dealing with low mood can be challenging, but there are effective strategies that can help manage and alleviate symptoms.



Seek Professional Help:

Therapy: Engaging in talking therapy can be highly effective. A therapist can help you understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and work with you to develop coping strategies and find ways towards a brighter future.

Medication: Some people find that medication whether prescribed by a healthcare provider or natural herbal remedies can help balance chemicals in the brain that affect low mood. (Please always seek qualified advice before embarking on a course of medication).


Stay Connected:

Social Support: Maintaining relationships with family and friends can be a helpful source of support during difficult times. Research has shown that isolation can worsen low mood, so staying connected with people is crucial. This can be attending local groups or volunteering as well.

Support Groups: Some people find joining a support group allows them to share experiences and gain support from others who understand what they're going through.


Engage in Physical Activity:

Exercise: Research has shown that regular physical activity, such as walking, running, or yoga, can help boost endorphins and improve overall mood. Even small amounts of exercise like doing gardening or walking to the shops instead of driving can make a difference.

Outdoor Activities: Spending time in nature and getting regular sunlight can help to enhance our mental well-being.


Adopt Healthy Lifestyle Habits:

Nutrition: Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help to give our bodies what they need to stay well and healthy which can have a positive effect on our mood. Try to avoid excessive caffeine, alcohol, and sugar as they may give quick highs but they also bring lows as well.

Sleep: Aim for a regular sleep schedule with 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night. Poor sleep can exacerbate low mood symptoms. There are many Apps which can help with relaxation and aid sleep.


Practice Self-Care and Mindfulness:

Mindfulness and Meditation: Practices like mindfulness, meditation, deep breathing exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation have been shown to reduce stress and improve positive mental health.

Hobbies and Interests: Engaging in activities that you enjoy and give you a sense of accomplishment and purpose, whether it's reading, art, music, or volunteering.


*Remember, managing low mood is a gradual process, and it's important to be patient with yourself.


If you or someone you know is in crisis or considering hurting themselves, seek immediate professional help from a healthcare provider; GP, hospital or local mental health crisis team.

 

 

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