May 31, 2019

How to manage your moods

Usually, a low mood goes away quite quickly and does not require treatment. But, if your low moods are lasting for more than two weeks and you have felt sad, down or miserable most of the time or have lost interest in most of your usual activities, you could have depression. Make an appointment to talk to your GP about how you are feeling.

If your low moods are fairly frequent (and you do not have clinical depression or any other clinically diagnosed mental health issue), you may like to consider therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) or mindfulness.

CBT involves looking at how you perceive events and how your thoughts about those events affect your mood.

Mindfulness is a popular approach to managing low mood, in which you maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and environment. You accept what comes without judgement.

Other forms of counselling and psychological treatment are available. Discuss your options with your GP.

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