Top tips for managing low mood

Top tips for managing low mood

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Try to develop and maintain a healthy routine; we all feel safer and more relaxed when we have a routine.

Sleep is really important, both for physical and mental health. Try to build a sleep pattern that complements your day-time routine. Check out our 6 Tips for Better Sleep.

Remember to make time for yourself  each day and engage in at least one activity that falls into the following categories:  Achievement, Connection & Enjoyment (ACE) activities. It’s important to have a balance of these activities and not focus solely on achievement!

Connect with friends, family, and colleagues. See if there’s someone you can meet for a walk or a coffee, or even just meet virtually for a chat.

Fit exercise into your daily routine. Exercise stimulates naturally occurring anti-stress hormones and chemicals in the brain; even just a brisk walk or a short jog can help lift your mood.

Have a healthy and balanced diet. Include lots of fresh vegetables and fruit.

Alcohol is a depressant. Be mindful of how much you are drinking and consider making changes if you feel you are drinking too much.

Reduce the time you dwell on negative thoughts or feelings; notice when you are ruminating and distract yourself. 

Try keeping a ‘gratitude’ list. Note the things that are going well or events/people that you are thankful for.

Have a go at Mindfulness. Try and be in the present and not to worry about what has already happened or what might happen in the future.  Have a look at our Mindfulness videos.

For a bit of extra help, make use of online programmes such as SilvercloudFeeling Good, and Sleepio.

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