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Sadness: things that may help right away


There are a number of things you can do to improve your mood. Different things will work for different people, so take it at your own pace and without putting any pressure on yourself.

You could try:

  • talking to someone. Speaking to friends, family or a trained professional can really help
  • listing the things you enjoy. Low mood can stop you doing enjoyable activities, so after making the list, try doing some of them each day
  • breaking big tasks down into manageable chunks. Give yourself credit when you complete each bit
  • challenging unhelpful thoughts. The way you think affects the way you feel. Watch this video on the NHS Every Mind Matters website to learn how to challenge unhelpful thoughts
  • looking after your body. Your body and mind are connected, so making healthy choices will all have a positive impact on your mood. For more information and advice visit:

Your wellbeing action plan

You can download a wellbeing action plan booklet that works through the suggestions above and many more.

There’s always someone to talk to for free:

  • over the phone. If you're struggling to cope, or feel overwhelmingly low, Open Door has a mental health helpline. Call 0800 138 7276 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • in person. Open Door also provides a mental health daytime safe haven in the centre of Stockport that you're welcome to visit. Find more information about their opening times on their Facebook page. Call 0161 549 9717 before visiting if you can
  • online. Sign up to Kooth (age 10-25) or Qwell (age 26 and over) to talk to a qualified professional or other people in the community