A low mood is a very common occurrence for almost everyone at some point or another. Some suffer from low moods more than others, the cause of this can be a range of different things such as; environment, sleep, diet, relationships, workload, grief, low self esteem, general mental health issues and many other things that may be causing you to suffer.
Without help from a friend or family member that you feel safe talking to or a professional figure that you can gain help from, sometimes your low mood can spiral into a deeper issue.
How can a ongoing low mood start?
Stress from day to day life or from an incident that has left you in a stressed state can become overwhelming and affect our ability to cope. This can sometimes lead to depression as a result of stress.
How can I help myself and how do I know when I need help?
Helping your situation can mean a number of things depending on what your problems are and what’s bringing your mood down. It can be useful to talk to people you are close with because support from people who love you and understand you can help. If you feel you need expert advice, talking to a professional e.g a James Hargest Guidance Counselor can allow you to off load feelings and enable you to build strategies for not only dealing with a low mood but figuring out how you can stop these low moods from creeping in. Knowing when a low mood turns into something more serious eg Depression can be hard for some people, look out for things like; feeling helpless/ hopeless in your situation, loss of interest or motivation in day to day activities that you used to enjoy, drastic appetite or weight changes, anger and irritability, loss of energy and reckless behaviour. It is best to talk to a professional about this as these symptoms can vary.
James Hargest guidance team encourage you to seek their help if you feel you need to seek professional help.
Apps to help with low mood:
Lifeline – 0800 543 354
Shine – 0508 744 633 confidential domestic abuse helpline
OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463 (OUTLINE) provides confidential telephone support on sexuality and gender issues