How do I know if my mood is low?
We are all different, so we will experience low mood in different ways. These are some common symptoms or changes.
Physical symptoms or changes:
Fatigue and decreased energy levels
Insomnia or excessive sleeping
Slowing down of speech or movements
You might have these thoughts:
Having the same thoughts repeatedly – “ruminating”
Taking longer than normal to think or make decisions
Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
You may have these feelings:
Feelings of hopelessness
Helplessness and/or worthlessness
Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings
You may behave like this:
Not doing activities or hobbies you usually find enjoyable
Withdrawing from friends and family
Overeating or loss of appetite
You won’t necessarily experience all (or even any) of these symptoms, and sometimes they might just be very mild.
If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms and are concerned, talk to your doctor about getting some extra support.