Bringing You Out Of Your Low Moodby Dr Emma Gray - 18th March, 2022
Everyone feels low once in a while. It’s a part of being human. It sucks to have a low mood and not know what to do to come out of it. We’ve got some suggestions on what you could do to boost your mood if you need them today.
How Do You know If You have A Low Mood?
Before we get into how you can boost your mood first we’d like to define what it means to feel low according to the NHS website. These are some of the symptoms of a low mood:
- Feeling sad
- Feeling anxious or panicky
- Feeling more tired than usual
- Feeling angry or frustrated
- Having low self-esteem or confidence.
Usually, these feelings go away in a couple of hours, days or weeks. If you’re feeling any of these feelings you might have a low mood and hopefully, we’ll be able to help.
Some Of Our Best Solutions
Play some of your favourite songs and go crazy! Sing along or dance to them and have a blast. Alternatively, you could pull up some relaxing sounds from youtube, sit down, close your eyes and immerse yourself in the sounds of nature.
If you have a sweet tooth this might be a good option for you. Find something sweet to eat whether it’s at home or at the nearest convenience store. A sugary treat will surely bring a smile to your face.
Taking a walk at your nearest park could help you shed some negative thoughts. Taking in the beautiful nature and life outside can help distract you from what was bringing you down and might help you feel better.
If a walk wasn’t enough to get your blood pumping to try doing some exercise. You’ll feel great after a good workout and feel better about your health and in turn improve your mood.
Having a nice warm bath or shower could help you clear your mind and start fresh. If you have a bath put in some nice scents to spoil yourself a little.
A clean place, a clear mind. Don’t go ham and take the house apart but you could tidy your desk or pick up some trash. Small things that just make your living space nicer to look at.
This is an odd one but it’s worked for some and that is simply saying the word bubbles out loud. Surely you’ll have yourself laughing in no time with the silly word.
Tiredness is also one of the leading causes of a low mood. Take a nap and see if that will make you feel better.
Maybe getting in touch with some family or friends and chatting with them can help you feel better. It’s best to let our feelings out on someone you trust and love than bottling them inside (making you feel worse).
There are many breathing exercises you can look up but taking slow breaths will help reduce your heart rate if you feel panicky. If it doesn’t help with your mood at least your body will feel at ease which will help you with whatever brings you out of your low mood.
There is too much going on, on the internet. It’s so easy to get lost in the noise online and sometimes it might be a reason for your low mood. Turn off your phone, tablet, tv or computer and walk away. Try immersing yourself in a good book or even sit in silence for a bit. It’s easy to keep scrolling on social media thinking it’s a mental break however it could be a reason you’re feeling stressed.
Maybe having a delicious meal could help you out of your funk. You can cook the meal or takeout but make sure you’re feeding yourself well.
This is another weird one but maybe just smelling something you like, like your favourite flower or a new book could help you feel better.
Try not to laugh videos are the best way to distract yourself from whatever you’re going through because you’re probably 100% going to fail the challenge… which in this case is a great thing! Laughter is the best medicine for a low mood.
No matter what you are going through in life at the moment, you are doing great. Keep going! Self-love is one of the things that will help you through most of life. There will be ups and downs but how much to spend loving yourself will determine how long you feel low. We’re proud of you, and we believe in you.
You could try out a new creative hobby to distract yourself from your low mood. There is plenty out there. You could try painting, crafting, woodworking, and so much more. Let your creative side go wild!
Computer games, mobile games and board games are a great way to have fun while playing with some friends, strangers online or with an AI. It’s a fun way to come out of a low mood!
Maybe the reason you’re feeling low is due to feeling unorganised with what you’re doing. You could take some time out of your day to write down what your goals are and write down smaller goals to help you achieve the bigger goals. Helps you feel organised and in control of your life.
Small acts of kindness can go a long way and you might feel better than worse after helping someone. You could walk someone’s dog for them or buy someone food or simply donate something like old clothes to a charity shop.
If you feel that you would like to chat with a professional here at The British CBT & Counselling Service, we are always happy to help you out. We are doctors of clinical psychology, counselling psychologists and psychotherapists specialising in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for adults and children experiencing a range of problems. Feel free to book an appointment.