Your low mood
Just can’t seem to shake off your mood? Feeling low and don’t know how to lift your spirits? You are not alone! Life is full of ups and downs but when the downs outnumber the ups you can be left feeling really down in the dumps.
Whether it’s through grief, work pressure, relationship issues or sleeping problems, feeling low affects adults of all ages and sometimes, the causes are not always obvious. Because there is no clear physical ailment, sufferers are often treated with impatience and told bluntly to ‘pull themselves together’. Not always the most helpful advice!
So what can you do to help yourself and lift your mood? People with low mood often experience tiredness, difficulty sleeping and lack of motivation. Making some lifestyle changes, however, can help alleviate these symptoms and improve your mood.
6 tips to help lift your low mood
1. Avoid Nicotine, alcohol & caffeine
These stimulants drain your nervous system. Eat well, but sensibly and drink plenty of good plain water. Dehydration can often trigger headaches and lead to lack of focus, fatigue, stress and feeling down.
2. Exercise regularly
Exercise gets the blood going and produces ‘feel good’ chemicals called endorphins that lift your mood and make you feel happier. Getting out in the fresh air can also help, even if it’s only for a short walk.
Low levels of vitamin D can also contribute to low mood. Sunlight is the major provider of our vitamin D requirement, so being outdoors, even on cloudy days, will help your body absorb some of the sun’s uplifting energy.
3. Agree once in a while!
Everyone is entitled to an opinion but life shouldn’t be a constant battlefield. There is much to be gained by avoiding conflict. Not only does it sap your energy, it can also worsen your mood.
4. Accept what you cannot change
‘See strength to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference’.
If you find yourself trying to change things you have no control over, your peace of mind and mood can be greatly affected. Acceptance can help you achieve a more positive attitude, help you worry & stress less as well as feel less drained trying to figure it all out.
5. Learn how to say ‘NO’
A simple but effective technique. When ‘NO’ is the right response, say it without any guilt in your system. If you’re not used to saying ‘no, start small, keep it simple, build on each positive step you take and forgive yourself any slip-ups.
6. A little helping hand from the sunshine herb
Hypericum is a lovely remedy to turn to for help if your mood is low. Known as the ‘sunshine herb’, it is used to support the nervous system, helping to lift the spirits whilst calming tension.
What do you do to lift your spirits? Do you have any mood improving tips to share?