Managing your mood

  • Take care of yourself. Eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol.
  • Try to do some physical activity every day – this will help you sleep better and improve your mood. Set small and achievable goals and review your priorities. Don’t expect too much from yourself.
  • Share your fears and concerns with someone close to you. Having someone know exactly how you feel can help you feel less alone.
  • Spend time outside in the fresh air. A change of scenery might make you feel better.
  • Try not to judge yourself too harshly. Self-criticism can lead to increased feelings of hopelessness. Learn to be kind to yourself.
  • List activities you used to enjoy and plan to do one of these activities each day.
  • Write down how you’re feeling or express yourself in painting, music or singing.
  • Get up at the same time each morning, regardless of how you feel. Make an effort to have a shower and get dressed.
  • Allow yourself a “low mood day” every now and again. You don’t have to be “up”every day.
  • Practise letting your thoughts come and go without getting caught up in them.
  • Consider complementary therapies, such as massage, yoga, meditation or reflexology (hand and foot massage).
  • Keep a record of positive things that happen each day.

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