What is Low Mood & Depression?
Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time and affects your everyday life.
Depression can happen as a reaction to something like abuse, bullying, or family breakdown
In its mildest form, depression can mean just being in low spirits which makes everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile.
Signs & Symptoms to Look Out For
When we think about what low mood and depression can look and feel like, there are three areas we should consider…
Tips for Dealing with Low Mood
Try keeping a mood diary/journal – this should help you identify any patterns in your mood.
Work on good sleep hygiene, by starting with a positive nighttime routine.
Write a list of positive coping statements or affirmations to read when feeling low, such as “I am strong”, “I am capable”.
Write a list of your favourite coping skills and self-care acts to look back on when you’re feeling low.
Remember that it’s okay to feel sad and that it’s normal to not feel happy all the time.
What is Self-Care?
Self-care is any act that we do that helps improve our health – both physical and mental.
How we practice self-care varies from person-to-person so it’s important to find what works for you.
Why is Self-Care So Important?
Think of your mental health as a battery – when our battery is fully charged, we’re better able to cope with any stress that comes our way!
However, as our battery starts to run out of charge, so does our ability to cope with pressure.
This is when self-care becomes really important – it helps to recharge our batteries and help us be able to cope with life and all the stresses that comes with it!