A healthy mood has a number of benefits – it can help you to have better relationships, achieve your career goals and even live longer.
Of course, some things in life can have a negative effect on your mood. If your low mood lasts a long time and makes everything feel more difficult, you might have a mood disorder, such as depression.
Symptoms of low mood can include feeling tearful, frustrated and empty. You might also crave certain foods, get headaches and sleep more.
There are lots of things you can do to build your resilience, help you to stay positive and boost your mood. We recommend various apps, including mood trackers and gratitude journals, and also provides articles, podcasts, worksheets and a self-assessment tool.
If coronavirus is affecting your mood, we recommend the following articles and podcast. You can find lots more information in our COVID-19 advice hub.
- Coping with isolation (podcast)
- Five ways to good mental wellbeing
- How to cope with loneliness
- How to look after your mental health
Are you feeling tearful? Unmotivated? Struggling with being kind to yourself? Explore video based resources to learn about these feelings and techniques to manage them, such as setting goals by clicking here.
Information about the common emotional and physical indicators of low mood, ways to manage low mood, and seeking help for low mood can be found here.
Take our low mood quiz to get recommendations for NHS-approved apps. You can also use our free clinically-validated self-assessment tool to assess your mood anonymously – it only takes 20 minutes to complete and will provide you with a guiding diagnosis, helpful resources and, if necessary, relevant treatment options.
Here are some NHS-approved apps to help boost your mood (many of which are free if you live or work in London), including:
- Be Mindful (free)
A clinically proven online mindfulness course approved by the NHS, Be Mindful helps you to improve your mood through mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).
- Happify (free)
The Happify app uses simple exercises and games help you get motivated, feel more positive, build self-confidence and cope better with stress.
- MyCognitionPRO (free)
By using this NHS-approved programme for 15 minutes a day, you can optimise your cognitive health, mental wellbeing and resilience to stress.
- My Possible Self (free)
This clinically proven app can help you to understand and identify the causes of your low mood so you can learn coping mechanisms and manage future situations better.
- tomo (free)
tomo is expertly designed to support you with many of life's obstacles. The app combines digital peer support with the best of social media and proven therapeutic techniques.
A safe and confidential space to share experiences and gain support from our community and qualified professionals.
Feeling low in mood can make us vulnerable to developing a low opinion of ourselves. While it's normal for our confidence levels and sense of self-worth to fluctuate, having a constant low opinion of ourselves may be a sign of low self-esteem. It is thought that people who are prone to low self-esteem are more likely to develop low mood.
To find out more about low self-esteem and what you can do to boost your feelings of self-worth, visit our Low self-esteem page here.
- An NHS low mood self-help guide to help you cope better with feeling low.
- The Centre for Clinical Intervention has modules to work through, information sheets including ways to improve how you feel and analysing your thinking and thought diary worksheets.
- Self-help guide to help you recognise negative thoughts, understand your feelings, and looking after yourself. Provided by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.
- Uplifting books, poems, and podcasts recommended by NHS staff for NHS staff.
- Mental wellbeing audio guide on low mood and depression to help you boost your mood.
- Watch this webinar about low mood and burnout.
- Moodbooster workshop to improve mood, ways to help us feel more motivated, and techniques on challenging negative thinking and unhelpful thinking habits.
- Overcoming has information about some of the ways depression can manifest, different types of depression, and ways to help your self. The books within the Overcoming series use methods based on clinical practice and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).