Tips For Combatting Low Mood

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It might not seem like it at the time but experiencing feelings of low mood is very common. That is not to say that you might be suffering from clinically recognized depression but it may be that you are experiencing a bit of a slump. Feelings of tiredness, irritability and de-motivation can all be indicators that you are currently going through a period of low mood. That said if you have persistent feelings of low mood and it is beginning to interfere with your personal or professional life then it is always worth seeking medical advice. If however, you consider yourself to be in a bit of a slump then consider some of these tips to help boost your mood. 

Daily exercise 

The science behind regular exercise is very well known. Exercise produces endorphins, which are a natural chemical that promotes feelings of happiness. Studies have proved the world over that regular exercise can help improve mood and feelings of tiredness. Exercise is one of nature’s best ways to help keep your mental health in check. What is more, where you can try to get outside and exercise. Research has also shown that being outside and in nature can help promote feelings of happiness and combat low moods. You may also benefit from a dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for the regulation of serotonin and melatonin both of which can play an important role in the regulation of your mood. 

Keep busy but with activities you like

Keeping busy is a great way to keep your brain and body occupied and distracted from the feelings of low mood that might be present. Importantly, however, you should keep yourself busy with activities that promote feelings of happiness or contentment. No one is suggesting you work longer hours. Indulge in activities that you know will have a positive effect on your mood, it could be a sport, socializing with friends and family, going for a walk, or taking on a new challenge such as an e-learning course or dance class. Undertaking an activity you know and like will not only keep you busy but can help to trigger the release of those happy hormones that help keep your mood in check. 

Consider supplements and therapies

There are a number of supplements that are thought to have an impact on mood and feelings of anxiety. Green tea for example is said to contain antioxidants that may help lower stress and anxiety by increasing serotonin. Alternatively, you may be suffering from a hormonal imbalance that could be contributing to feelings of low mood or fatigue, and undergoing some simple blood tests may reveal this. Hormonal imbalances can be easily treated with replacement therapy such as trt therapy or by simply taking medication.  

Deal with stress

Stress can be one of the biggest culprits contributing to low mood. Learning to manage stress levels can have wide-reaching effects on your mental and physical health. When it comes to dealing with stress try to identify what is causing you stress. By identifying it you can then start to take steps to reduce the causes of said stress. Also, consider practices such as mindfulness or again, increasing the amount of exercise you undertake. Ensuring you get a good night’s sleep and making time for activities you enjoy and promoting feelings of happiness can all work wonders when trying to keep your stress levels at bay. 

Avoid alcohol

Although many people turn to alcohol as a means to de-stress and boost their mood the reality is that alcohol is actually a depressant and can promote feelings of low mood and anxiety. It can also have a detrimental effect on your sleep, which in turn can contribute to feelings of low mood. 

Surround yourself with positive people

Socializing can have wondrous effects on feelings of low mood. By spending time with people who make you feel good and better yet make you laugh your body will experience the release of those infamous happy hormones. It can also have a positive impact on your self-esteem, which can in turn improve your mood. Sometimes when experiencing low mood socializing is the last thing you feel like doing but ironically it can be the most beneficial for you. Push yourself to make the effort to call up a friend and arrange a date, remember to avoid that occasion involving alcohol. Perhaps suggest you meet up to undertake a sport or go for a walk in the fresh air. Undertake an activity that will also have a positive effect on your mood and attack those feelings of low mood from all angles. 



Lauren Bull is a writer living in Jersey City. If you have a minute, she'd love to be the 18th person to tell you how great The Wire is.

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