My moods are really up and down. When I am happy, I feel I have more energy so I make the most of it by doing as much as I can like taking the kids swimming or baking cakes and making sure the house is in order. On my low days I tell myself I won’t feel like this forever, and try to do stuff that helps lift my mood. But this can be difficult. So, I tell myself it is OK just to have a day off housework and, as long as me and the kids are OK, everything else can wait.
How do you feel? Content with life? A bit low? Do you feel overwhelmed with anger or grief? How you feel is likely to change from one day to the next or even by the minute. This is natural. It can be to do with how you are as a person, and how you usually view life.
It’s natural to feel a bit under the weather at times. But if you are struggling with how you feel and this is getting in the way of your daily life, it may help to work out what’s going on.This NHS mood assessment aims to help you understand how you’ve been feeling recently.
This Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH) wellbeing assessment measures how you are feeling. It gives you a score which you can keep measuring over time to see if it changes.
Some people find that ‘tracking’ their mood using a mood diary can help them to think about how they’re feeling and how to improve their mood over time. There are different mood diaries available online that you could use. One we have come across that might be useful is moodscope.com.
It’s best not to get too caught up with what these trackers and assessments tell you. It’s OK to not feel OK. Trying too hard to feel ‘better’ can become stressful. Some people find that ‘overthinking’ their mood only makes it worse.So, try to find out what works best for you and if something doesn’t feel right,move on and try something else.
Mental health charity Mind has loads of tips on managing your everyday life and looking after yourself to help you cope.From physical activity, to getting into nature, to relaxation,there’s something for everyone in Mind’s Tips for everyday living. The Mental Health Foundation is also a great source of podcasts and videos.