Having down days is part of who we are. We can also have events and situations that cause us to feel sad, disappointed or upset, which is a normal reaction. For some people though, that low feeling is a constant problem that interferes with their everyday lives.
It is natural to have peaks and troughs when it comes to emotions, brilliant days where you’re at your best, and other days where you have low energy and mood.
Depression is a low mood that persists, that causes you to not enjoy the things you once did. It usually has not obvious cause, and is hard to explain. Physically you feel tired, lethargic, mentally you are worried, or just feel nothing at all. The feeling that you can’t fix the problem causes anger and frustration.
Low spells usually pass after a while, but persistent low feelings will need help treating from a GP.
A trip to your GP is the first step towards getting a diagnosis. They will ask you questions about how you are feeling, your situation, how you are currently coping. They may prescribe medication or refer you to counselling. Our directory will have lots of WarriorKind approved therapists you can refer yourself to if you do not want the therapy provided by the NHS.
It is important to preserve with treatment, whether it be medication, therapy or both. Your first options may not work for you. It is also important you take any medication safely, and only stop taking it with help from your GP.
Try keeping a diary of what you are doing and how you feel at different times to help identify what’s affecting you and what you need to take action on. Look for patterns to see if certain things aren’t helping your thoughts, such as caffeine or alcohol.
Talking to others in a safe environment like WarriorKind about your thoughts feelings and experiences can help.
Allow yourself time to think about your worries, and try to think of them from another point of view. Be kind to yourself.
Mindfulness can help retrain your thinking process, making you aware of your thoughts and looking into what causes them.
Start an activity diary and consider all the things you can do to make yourself feel better. Even if you start with just showering and making the bed, ticking these off will help you feel like you are accomplishing small tasks, which can lead to bigger ones.
Daily exercise can help improve your mood, something simple like a walk to the park is a great start. Start small and work your way up.