My mood has been low recently – what will help me feel better?


low moodEveryone experiences ups and downs in life. It is usual and normal to feel anxious, unhappy, stressed or depressed when things are difficult and challenging.

This is a normal part of life.

Low mood includes:

  • Worry
  • Sadness
  • Tiredness because of lack of sleep
  • Lower concentration
  • Anger/frustration
  • Low self-esteem

Low mood tends to improve after a short time, by resolving issues or problems, talking things through, taking action and getting support from those around you.

However, if low mood doesn’t pass, it may be a sign of depression.

Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
  • Feeling tearful
  • Feeling irritated and intolerant of others
  • Lacking motivation and interest in things
  • Finding it difficult to make decisions
  • Not getting any enjoyment out of life
  • Having thoughts about suicide or harming yourself
  • Lack of energy &/or lack of interest in sex
  • Avoiding friends
  • Changes in appetite

If you recognise many of these symptoms and they are persisting for weeks or months and impacting on your family, work, health and social life, then it is time to seek some help.

Talk – to your friends and family and let them how you are feeling.

Talk to a support agency like the Samaritans, available 24 hours/7 days a week.

Contact your GP – they will assess your depression and recommend a way forward for you.

If your employer has an EAP (Employee Assistance Programme), access their support services.

Contact a private counsellor. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been shown to be effective in treating depression. Find a qualified and professional counsellor near you on the Counselling Directory.

Contact westend counselling to chat through whether CBT would be helpful for you, and to arrange an appointment.


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