There are some things that you can try and do yourself to lift your mood, however, it is not always possible to do this alone and you may need to approach someone for support:
- Spend time with people rather than avoiding company. Isolation can increase the feelings of sadness.
- Look after yourself. Regular exercise has been shown by research to help lift mood and increase wellbeing.
- It can be tempting to try and find release by over using drugs, alcohol and tobacco. This may provide a temporary solution, but in the long term can bring its own problems by causing other long term issues.
- Remember that feeling low or sad is not a sign of weakness. Many of us will experience it at sometime in our lives and with time it will go.
- If you have someone you feel comfortable talking to, tell them about it. They will probably want to be given the opportunity to help and listen.
- The Wellbeing Service offers confidential, non-judgmental counselling. Talking to someone who is not involved in your life can help you to recognise patterns of behaviour and find your strengths. You can submit a referral here.
- There are also sources of support on the telephone and on the web - if you would prefer to speak to someone in that way. Read more about our Online 24/7 support and the options we have available.
- Your GP may be able to help by possibly referring you to counselling or other support services.