- try talking about your feelings to a friend, family member, health professional or counsellor. You could also contact Samaritans, call: 116 123 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you need someone to talk to
- try the 6 ways to feel happier, which are simple lifestyle changes to help you feel more in control and able to cope
- find out how to raise your self-esteem
- consider peer support, where people use their experiences to help each other. Find out more about peer support on the Mind website
- try mindfulness, where you focus on the present moment
- listen to free mental wellbeing audio guides
- search and download relaxation and mindfulness apps or online community apps from the NHS apps library
- do not try to do everything at once; set small targets that you can easily achieve
- do not focus on the things you cannot change – focus your time and energy into helping yourself feel better
- try not to tell yourself that you're alone – most people feel low sometimes and support is available
- try not to use alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or drugs to relieve a low mood. These can all contribute to poor mental health
Low mood, sadness and depression audio guide
In this 10-minute audio guide, Dr Chris Williams talks you through ways to tackle low mood, sadness and depression.
Further information and support
The mental health charity Mind offers more information on:
Your Mind Plan on the Every Mind Matters website sends personalised tips and advice to your email inbox.
Where to get NHS help for a low mood
Referring yourself for therapy
If you need more support, you can get free psychological therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) on the NHS.
You can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service without a referral from a GP.
See a GP if:
- you've had a low mood for more than 2 weeks
- you're struggling to cope with a low mood
- things you're trying yourself are not helping
- you would prefer to get a referral from a GP
Ask for an urgent GP appointment or call 111 if:
- you need help urgently, but it's not an emergency