Tips for improving your mood
- Taking time for yourself to relax on a daily basis can really boost your mood. Relaxation is different from person-to-person. Some ideas include taking to read, meditating, getting active, cooking or doing something creative. Experiment, and see what’s right for you!
- If you have been feeling persistently low in mood for more than two weeks, then it may be time to see your doctor. Depression is extremely common and easily treatable. Remember that your mental health is as important as your physical health.
- Have you tried mindfulness? There are different ways to practise it in your daily life, but each way involves being aware of your thoughts and feelings in the present moment. Though not the answer for everyone, it can prevent recurrent depression and boost your mental wellbeing.
- Keeping a mood diary can be an insightful way of recognising your triggers for low mood and make small changes to your daily routine. Common triggers include not sleeping properly, eating an unbalanced diet, not having enough time to relax and drinking too much caffeine or alcohol.
- Ask for help if you need it. If you recognise that you have been feeling persistently low in mood or are finding it increasingly difficult to cope, seek help. It is always okay for you to speak to someone, whether that is a family member, friend or a doctor.
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