I'm feeling down

I feel down, sometimes I know why, sometimes I don't. This feeling is like a weight on top of me.

In the Moment

Feeling down in the dumps can sometimes stem from a lack of change in routine.

 

Whatever you’re doing right now, think about how you can change it in order to renew your motivation and excitement for other aspects of your life.

Read

Morgan Harper Nichols

Morgan Harper Nichols is a hugely popular artist, poet and podcaster, who posts motivational illustrations and words of wisdom.

 

Great for re-aligning and refocussing your mind, and simply hearing some positive reminders.

 

Have a read scroll through her Instagram, and check out her podcast – we’d recommend doing this simultaneously.

Listen

The Dark Place Podcast

Billed as ‘an open, non-judgemental space that hopes to show that if you’re struggling, you’re not alone’, The Dark Place is a great way to hear about others who might just find themselves in the same situation as you, giving a platform to anybody and everybody willing to share their stories about mental health.

 

If you’d like to tell your own story of dealing with mental health, submit tips or suggestions or even be a guest on the show

Watch

‘A Powerful Experiment’, by Amnesty International

A video demonstrating the importance of connection.

 

Amnesty beautifully show how connections between people can be formed simply by making eye contact. Be prepared to shed a tear, but a happy one.

 

You can mimic the video in your own time too – sit face to face with someone, and without talking stare into each other’s eyes for a while – we’d suggest between 5-10 minutes. This is a powerful way of truly experiencing connection, and can make a huge difference to your overall mood.

Do

Join a Mental Health Support Group

Joining a support group for depression can be a really good way of seeking help and feeling less alone.

 

Being with others dealing with depression can go a long way in reducing your sense of isolation. You can also encourage each other, give and receive advice on how to cope, and share your experiences.

 

There are tonnes of support groups out there, on both a local and national level, so we’d suggest having a quick google and finding the right place for you. Rethink Mental Illness offer a postcode search function to locate your nearest groups and Mind has an extensive directory which lists over 300 groups that you can approach.

Talk

Mind Charity

Mind is a well-known charity that promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.

 

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)