Depression and low mood.
You don’t have to feel depressed to feel down. It’s extremely common to have days where you feel sad, a little empty and not know why. None of us like to feel this way and I think it’s important to understand there are ways to lift yourself out of it. Even with depression, you’re able to help your mood. You have to want to do it. I know I’m willing to put the effort in if it makes me feel better!
Don’t surrender to it.
The one thing you will want to do is the one thing you shouldn’t do. Giving in to low mood and laying in bed doing nothing will, in fact, increase the low feeling. Ever been in the position where you feel down, then give yourself a break and go for a nap or just lay in bed, then feel guilty for doing it? It’s because we know that, really, if we did something about it we would feel better.
Not a doctor.
I am not a doctor and I can’t tell you why you feel down or why you’re depressed. I also can’t really tell you the best way to treat it, I think that’s something you find out on your own. However, I have suffered from depression on and off for the last 8 or so years and I have found many things to help me. So I’d like to share them with you.
Eat good foods, drink lots of water.
Yep, eating right and drinking plenty is a way to deal with low mood. Feeding your body all the nutrients it needs and keeping yourself hydrated is good for just about anything. Healthy body, healthy mind. Load up on fruit and veg, cook a great dinner and feel good. It’s a simple step to take but it works well.
Get yourself outside and get a little light exercise in.
Fresh air and being outside are great natural remedies for depression. Exercise is also a fantastic mood lifter. There is a reason I don’t recommend moderate or high-intensity exercise when depression hits though. Pushing your body into strenuous activity when you don’t feel like you want to can cause stress within the body. You’re more likely to sustain injuries and just feel like you don’t want to do it in general. I nice long walk or even brisk walk will do you good and help kick those endorphins up, lifting your mood. Not to mention, if it’s a sunny day you want to get your dose of vitamin B!
Quick cold showers work wonders.
Hydrotherapy has been proven to help with depression and anxiety. Cold water makes your surface vessels tighten up. This moves blood from the surface of our bodies into the core. I could go deep into the science of it but I don’t think you’re here for that. Essentially it helps all of our organs, including the brain, receives fresh blood and oxygen. You can alternate the temperature of the water in the shower from warm to cold many times if you feel this brings a better effect. Cold water swimming has also proven to be very effective and incorporates exercise too!
You can get essential oils for basically everything. You can pop them in a diffuser, smell then straight from their bottle or even get them in rollerball form! I use all three methods personally. Essential oils have been proven to be able to change your mood. I mainly use them for anxiety, when I’m doing something that makes me particularly anxious I’ll take my rollerball bottles with me! I use a brand called Tisserand and I think they’re fantastic. There are a couple of staple products from them I’d recommend;
This kit contains three of their most popular essential oils. De-stress, sweet dreams and energy! I’ve used all three of these and tend to diffuse the sweet dreams oil before I go to bed! If you’re looking for an all-rounder kit I’d highly suggest picking this one up!
This is a little gem! Keep this by your bed, on your desk or in your handbag for a little pick me up whenever you need it. It’s definitely a very uplifting scent. It works wonders! It’s not extremely intense, which is a good thing as you don’t want it to be overpowering. If you suffer from regular low mood I highly suggest picking up a bottle of this and just popping it in your bag so you always have it with you.
A good old self-help book.
There are so many to choose from and sometimes it can be hard to know which ones a right for you. I’ve tried a load of them myself but trust me when I say, they do really work. You just have to find the right one for you! Hop onto Amazon and search through the self-help books, pick something you think will really work for you.
If you don’t feel like reading something specifically designed for depression would help, try an uplifting book! Something with an empowering story, a light mood and not too intricate. Reading works wonders for low mood, it’s exercise for your brain!
I hope this has helped you in some way. I know low mood and depression can be extremely hard to come around from but you can do it. Remember to talk to people about how you’re feeling, it’s so important to share your struggles with people.
Till next time,