Low Mood and Depression
We all have ups and down
It's OK not to be OK but it is NOT OK to feel this way all the time
What is the difference between low mood and depression?
- A low mood will tend to improve after a short time.
- Making some small changes in your life, such as resolving a difficult situation or talking about your problems and getting more sleep, can improve your mood.
A low mood that doesn’t go away is known as depression…
Coping with low mood / depression
- The most important thing you can do if you think you are feeling depressed is talk to someone.
- This could be your parents, a sibling, friend, teacher, GP but often talking about how you are feeling can really help you to feel better.
- People who care about you will want to help you to feel better so don’t feel worried about talking to people.
Things that can help
Getting back to activities can:
- make you feel better!
- distract you and you may even find there are new things that you enjoy doing!
- make you feel less tired!
- make you feel like doing more!
- improve your ability to think!
It's (almost) all about that brain!
It helps to know a bit about how our brains can affect our feelings and emotions.
- the changes that take place as we grow towards adulthood (they keep on developing until around the age of 25!)
- the diferent brain chemicals and the amounts we have in our bodies at various times
- the links between feeling, thoughts and behaviour
More about feelings
- Remember feelings are simply feelings and all feelings are OK.
- If feelings feel too much or last a long time, talk to someone. you don't have to do it alone!
- It really helps if you can recognise different feelings and have words to describe them or 'name' them.
- If you can recognise and name your feelings you will find it easier to deal with them.
- There is a link between feelings, thoughts and behaviour.
- Your brain can affect your feelings.
Understand more about your feelings with the Feelings check-in toolkit
Make your own Wellbeing and Resilience Action Plan
Find out coping ideas in the Wellbeing Toolkit
Helping a friend
There are simple ways to show you care and let them know you thinking of the them
- You don't have to talk but you can listen
- A cup of tea and some biscuits can
- A quick text or a funny cat video
- Remind them they are not alone