WHEN YOU FEEL LOW
None of us will be upbeat all the time, and for most of us these feelings will past. But we also need to differentiate between feeling down and clinical depression so if you still feel low after a few weeks probably best to visit your doctor. Some online resources for when you feel low could be helpful too.
Here are 7 suggestions for what might help when you feel low.
- Keep a gratitude diary. At both lunch time and the end of the day make a note of at least one thing that has gone well.
- Whatever you love to do, make sure you spend 10-20 minutes on it each day. Whether it be chatting with your friend, reading a chapter of a trashy novel, a soak in the bath, make sure that however busy you are you spend some time on something that you want to do.
- Do something for someone else, smile at a stranger, hold a door open, listen to somebody with a problem … they will probably smile back, say thanks and even if they don’t you know you did something good.
- Spend time in nature. Whatever the weather, walk briskly in the fresh air. 10 minutes of brisk walking is good for our health, but it also helps to take us out of our mood and head especially if we focus on the natural environment – looking at plants and trees and listening to the birds. If you live in a city, a park would be better for you than walking down a polluted street.
- Stop negative thinking. Lots of the suggestions above involve doing things to take you away from your thoughts. What can be helpful is to visualise a big stop sign each time these negative thoughts come into your head and aim to think of something else.
- Think about what you drink. It helps to be hydrated through drinking more water rather than to turn to alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant and will have a negative effect on your sleeping.
- And eat well – some people stop eating, others comfort eat. Neither is ideal. Far better to eat healthy meals with fresh fruit and veggies rather than a carb fest or too much fast food.
Let me know which of these tips for when you feel low you have found most helpful.