Mood Changes: Top Tips
Updated: Mar 22
Approaching mid-life often brings increased stress, anxiety, and fear. Emotions related to life course are different to clinical symptoms of depression but can easily be mistaken for each other.
Mood changes, (such as irritability, feelings of sadness, lack of motivation, aggressiveness problems focusing, stress, difficulty concentrating, depression mixed with cognitive changes) can be much like constant premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and can cause emotional distress.
Please know that low mood during a significant life event is incredibly common and will pass in time, but do not feel that you have to suffer in silence, be sure to speak to friends and family about how you are feeling and contact your GP if your symptoms are severe.
Here are our top tips on how to manage low mood naturally:
Try and eat more high serotonin foods, such as bananas and turkey
Reduce and - if possible avoid - all stimulants such as alcohol, tea, coffee, drugs and nicotine
Consider hypnotherapy or an alternative relaxation process to calm your mind
Develop deep abdominal breathing technique to help you cope with anxious periods
Establish a regular yoga practice
Try and take regular exercise (daily if possible – if only a ten-minute walk) to help reduce the levels of adrenalin in your body
Work out what’s really important in your life and say ‘No’ to other things so you make your life less stressful - find someone you trust to tell them how you’re feeling
Eat good quality whole, unrefined foods regularly - preferably every three hours
Develop coping strategies for when you feel anxious, such as leaving stressful situations and going outside
Consider speaking to a specialist talk therapist who can help you learn techniques to calm your anxiety. We have a number available here
Start journaling or a gratitude diary, research shows that writing a gratitude journal for 15 minutes a day improves sleep, mood, and relationships
If your symptoms are severe and you have thoughts of harming yourself or others, please call 999 or speak to your GP.