I want to preface this post by drawing attention to the fact that the title of this post specifically says ‘How To Combat Low Mood’, and not ‘How to Combat Depression’. Low mood and depression are two entirely separate issues that I have firsthand experience with. Depression is not something that has a quick and easy fix. Depression is a consistent, unrelenting mental illness that usually requires medication and/or therapy. Those that suffer (or have suffered) know how difficult it can be on some days just to get out of bed, brush your hair, or even eat. That is not to say that the things covered in this post can’t help you to feel better. In fact, if you feel up to it I encourage you to try some of these things! You might find new ways to help yourself through it.
I use the term ‘low mood’ because this is something that we all experience from time to time. Unlike depression, low mood is sporadic. Maybe something unlucky or annoying happened in your day that you struggled to shake off. Maybe it’s ‘just one of those days’. Whatever it is, we all go through it, and the good thing is that you can do something about it!
Personally, I have a pretty bad habit of buying something new when I’m feeling down. ‘Retail therapy’, anyone? Unfortunately, for a lot of us worker bees out here, retail therapy is not always financially viable when there are bills to pay. So what can we do instead?
This applies to whichever room you spend most of your time living in – not necessarily your bedroom. A messy room can make you feel disorganised, ashamed, and even irate at times. A clean room can make you feel energized and motivated, and it’s such a simple thing to do. Although cleaning is widely considered a chore, you don’t have to go all out and clean the place top to bottom. Little things such as hanging up your clothes, picking up dirty clothes from the floor and putting them in your wash basket, and making your bed can make a huge difference. This is the first thing I tend to do when I’m feeling down. Creating a tidy living space has a powerful impact.
Going for a walk can be incredibly therapeutic, and is even better if you have a furry friend to enjoy it with! You’ll experience the satisfaction of getting some light exercise, and inhale some fresh air. It’s a nice way to get yourself moving and out of the house without having to spend any money.
Alternatively, if you feel able to do so, you could go ahead and do a full workout at home! There are plenty of fitness videos online for people who want to exercise but not pay for a gym membership.
When feeling down about yourself, sometimes the best thing you can do is glam yourself up even if you have nowhere to go. Wearing your favourite outfit can elevate your confidence, which in turn will elevate your mood. Putting on makeup can totally transform the way you feel about yourself. Never underestimate the power of looking good!
Just as a side note, I wrote this post last year but never actually posted it for… No real reason? But I thought now would be the right time to pull it out of the archive as tomorrow (20/01) it is Blue Monday.
Blue Monday is the name given to the 3rd Monday in January, which is said to be the most depressing day of the year. This is mostly due to the fact that at this time, people are dealing with post-Christmas debt, payday hasn’t reached yet, it’s cold, and many people feel guilty if they have already failed their New Year’s resolution. (Click here to read my post on viewing New Year’s resolutions differently!)
Hopefully, the tips in this post can help cope with those struggles for at least the last stretch of January. If you are really struggling, please contact the mental health charities and crisis lines available in your country!
Please feel free to share your coping strategies in the comments below, as I imagine there will be a lot of people needing the suggestions at the moment. If there is anything you want to know that I have not covered in this post, feel free to ask in the comments or direct message me on any of my social media channels.
I hope you’re all having a great day, and that you will be back for more posts in the future. If you want to read more lifestyle-related posts, click here.
Love, Flossie ♡