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Low Mood

It is normal for our mood to fluctuate and change in response to things that happen in our lives. For many, the Covid-19 pandemic brought about significant levels of change and uncertainty. It has also caused a lot of us to lose things that previously gave us purpose and meaning. During periods of such difficulty, we may find that our mood feels lower. A period of low mood may last for a very short time, or it may last longer. It may be that this is the first time you have felt low, or it may be that you have experienced periods of low mood in the past.

Below are some common signs of low mood:

Feelings

  • Sadness
  • Anxiety and/or panic
  • Anger
  • Frustration
  • A sense of hopelessness
  • Lacking enjoyment in things you previously enjoyed doing

Behaviours

  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Withdrawal from activities you enjoy
  • Difficulties thinking clearly or making decisions
  • Self-harming
  • Having thoughts of ending your life

Physical Sensations

  • Feeling more tired than usual
  • Change to sleeping habits
  • Change to eating habits
  • Loss of libido

Useful resources

Mind – Coronavirus and your wellbeing leaflet

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Relaxation and mindfulness apps:

Sleep resources

NHS sleep hygiene resources – https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/how-to-get-to-sleep/

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