Feeling sad is a normal part of life’s ups and downs. A low mood is often caused by difficult events or experiences. It can leave you feeling tearful, worn out or withdrawn. There are many things that could help to improve your mood, such as talking through your problems, exercising regularly, or getting better quality sleep.
A low mood typically tends to pass after a few days or weeks. Sometimes feelings of sadness, hopelessness and negativity can last longer than usual. A low mood that doesn’t go away can be a sign of depression. Depression is a common mental health problem and can affect all sorts of people. A number of things can cause depression, such as past experiences, a physical condition, bereavement or unemployment. Sometimes there may be no obvious reason.
Depression can cause low energy, poor concentration, disturbed sleep or appetite, and a loss of interest or pleasure in everyday life. It can also bring about overwhelming feelings of anxiety and low self-esteem. That’s why it’s important to tackle these feelings early on, and learn ways to cope with negative or unhelpful thoughts. Whether you’re depressed or simply feeling down, it’s important to know where to turn for comfort and support – whatever’s troubling you, there are ways you can learn to cope.
If you're worried about depression, take our depression self-assessment to help you better understand how you're feeling.
Browse this page to find mood-boosting tools that could help you, or someone you know, to feel better.
Be Mindful is an online course for learning to practice mindfulness, which is a mind-body approach to life that helps us to relate differently to experiences
An online community of people who are anxious, down, or not coping who support one another by sharing what's on their mind.
An online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people.
A mindfulness and meditation app with hundreds of guided meditations for everything from stress to sleep.
A website that helps you to measure and record your mood, and share your scores with trusted friends to keep you on track.
A friend-making app that connects you with others of the same gender based on shared traits, mutual interests and common goals.
A weekly podcast offering scientific tips and ideas on how to lead a happier, more meaningful life through interviews with medical professionals and wellbeing thought-leaders.
A thought-tracking app based on the principles of CBT, designed to help you change the way you think about difficult everyday situations.
A website that helps you find sports and physical activities across London best suited to your interests and needs.
An app aimed at promoting mindfulness and relaxation, offering over 250 guided meditation sessions and step-by-step courses led by meditation experts.
A popular YouTube channel offering a range of guided yoga and meditation practices, focusing on mental and emotional wellbeing as well as physical exercise.
A free online course helping you to learn coping skills for many of life's everyday stresses.
A social networking site that brings people together through social events and group activities.
An audio-guided running plan for complete beginners, designed to get you running a 5K in nine weeks.
A movement that aims to promote happiness and positivity by helping you to connect with others, live mindfully and learn new things.
A volunteering organisation that brings runners and fitness enthusiasts together to help people in their community, as a way of redirecting the energy typically spent at gyms toward social good.
A free online lecture series delivering short talks from a variety of speakers around the world, covering a wide range of topics and ideas - including health and wellbeing.
An online support service providing free, confidential support and counselling for young people under 25.
An app that allows you to create music to capture your mood and express how you feel.
A peer-to-peer support network helping users to connect with others who share similar health conditions.
An online course that uses CBT to help you understand and manage symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.
A mindfulness and meditation app offering guided meditations, breathing programmes and 'Sleep Stories' to help de-stress and clear the mind.
A website with useful tools and resources for all things related to mental health and wellbeing.
A free helpline and web chat service that offers guidance and support to men feeling down or depressed for any reason.
A resource for children and young people with mental health and wellbeing issues, providing information about common mental health symptoms, how to cope and where to get help.
An online and telephone counselling service providing relationship support for individuals, couples and families.
A charity providing expert, accredited advice and information to anyone suffering from a mental health problem.
An app designed to help you relax and build resilience to stress, anxiety and depression through simple exercises and techniques, including calm breathing, meditation and self-hypnosis.
Nightline is a listening service run by students for students.
A stress-management app, designed to help reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression by combining elements of CBT, mindfulness and meditation.
An app with simple exercises and games to get you feeling happier by practicing the key principles of relaxation, gratitude, kindness and positivity.
An online emotional support service that anonymously connects you to a friendly listener when you just need someone to talk to.
A social networking site connecting you with others in your area who share similar hobbies and interests.
An app designed to help you express your true feelings and connect with others in a supportive and understanding online community where you can exchange advice, share experiences and vent about anything that's bothering you.
An app that connects mums with other mums based on location and shared interests.
A social networking site that enables you to connect with others based on the places you visit.
An online discussion forum for a broad range of mental health issues.
A mood improvement app designed to help you practice mood-enhancing activities, identify and change unhealthy thinking, and track your mood over time.
A meditation and mindfulness app for modern life that aims to bring more calm to your busy day.
An online self-help programme using the principles of CBT to help you better manage your mood and cope with symptoms of depression.
A website that aims to improve your wellbeing by harnessing your creativity - pick from a range of guided creative activities including collage, animation and creative writing to bust stress and boost your mood.
An app that enables you to record and store positive affirmations in your own voice to help boost your mood and self-esteem.
A gratitude app designed to help you appreciate life's happy moments and look for the positives in everyday life.
An app that lets you record the day's best moments in a private journal with pictures and text, designed to help you practice gratitude and positivity even on the bad days.
A website directing you to local book clubs in your area - search by postcode to find a group near you.
A meditation and mindfulness app with guided practices for both children and adults.
A helpline offering a safe place to talk about anything that's on your mind, any time you like.
A friendly online community where people who are struggling to cope can listen, share and be heard.
Cruse is a charity offering support, advice and information to anyone struggling with the death of a loved one – this branch is for people living or working in the boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham.
Cruse is a charity offering support, advice and information to anyone struggling with the death of a loved one – this branch is for people living in the borough of Lambeth.
Cruse is a charity offering support, advice and information to anyone struggling with the death of a loved one – this branch is for people living or working in the borough of Richmond Upon Thames.
Cruse is a charity offering support, advice and information to anyone struggling with the death of a loved one – this branch is for people living in the borough of Greenwich.
Cruse is a charity offering support, advice and information to anyone struggling with the death of a loved one – this branch is for people living in the borough of Croydon.
A club in Archway offering group sessions of Laughter Yoga – a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter, believed to help enhance mood, relieve stress and boost energy.
A charity offering free music therapy to children and adults of all ages who want support with their mental health, physical or medical needs.
A counselling service for people living or working in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. WLCC can help you to resolve problems, cope with crisis, and develop personal insight into your feelings and behaviours.
Age UK works with a number of friendship centres across the country. They provide a great way to meet like-minded people and make friends in your area.
A community-based drug service that provides support for drug users, ex-drug users and their family and friends in the borough of Haringey.
A community support network where local residents of Haringey can regularly come together and share their thoughts and experiences, with the aim of improving mental health and community wellbeing.
A free therapy service for residents of Tower Hamlets who are feeling anxious or depressed.
A service providing a range of treatment and recovery services to Londoners affected by a drug or alcohol problem.
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Healthy diet and lots of physical exercise helps, plus laughter, lol!
Anonymous, via Facebook