We all have days when we feel a bit down, but if you find yourself experiencing these days more often than not and you are unable to pick yourself back up, then life can seem like a constant uphill struggle.
A persistent low mood can drain you of energy and make everyday tasks feel overwhelming. You may find yourself oversleeping, or not sleeping enough, which can make the problem worse and keep you locked in a vicious cycle. All areas of your life can be impacted and your personal relationships and everyday functioning may suffer.
Clinical depression is very different to low mood and can be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. I would always recommend seeing your doctor in such cases. However sometimes feelings of low mood can be caused by unhelpful, negative thinking patterns or a lack of one of your basic ‘human needs’ being met. Recognising this and learning to relax and focus on the positives in your life can improve your quality of sleep and create new pathways in your brain which can break the cycle of low mood and get your life back on track.