Low mood

Last published 15 December 2021

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. Good Thinking recommends various apps, including mood trackers and gratitude journals, and also provides articles, podcasts, worksheets and a self-assessment tool.

Good Thinking recommends NHS-approved apps to help boost your mood (many of which are free if you live or work in London), including:

Feeling Good (free selected audio tracks)

Visualisation is the link between Olympic coaching and recovery from low mood, the athlete visualises ideal performance, the depressed person finds hope and resources to see their recovery

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.

Check the symptoms and types of mood disorders and access detailed information sheets about depression, which you can download and share:

Symptoms of mood disorders

Types of mood disorders

Centre for Clinical Interventions depression workbook

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.

Good Thinking low mood quiz

Good Thinking depression self-assessment

If coronavirus is affecting your mood, Good Thinking recommends 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

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