Your Counsellor may have referred you to this page, or you may be seeking information on your own. Either way, tips, resources and information can help you manage and maintain your mental health:
Feelings of sadness and low mood can be signs of depression. This can occur because something is happening in your life, or can happen on its own. If you feel this way for two weeks or more, then you should seek help by talking to someone you trust. This could be a friend or family member, and also your Doctor, and/or a Counselling Therapist.
How to know if you are feeling depressed?
You may be experiencing feelings of hopelessness, not wanting to get out of bed, or fatigue. You may have trouble sleeping or experience a change in appetite (eating too much or too little), or have trouble concentrating.
If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or suicidal thoughts or ideas, call the Calgary Distress Centre 24/7 at 403-266-(HELP) 4357.
It is possible to learn skills to manage depression and low mood. You can do this by focusing on the basics of getting enough sleep, eating well, and getting exercise. Set small, realistic goals for yourself, and make time to do activities that you enjoy. Avoid drugs and alcohol, and commit to positive thinking and self-compassion.
Here are some online tools to help you to understand and manage your mood:
Anxiety and stress are normal physical reactions to things that happen to us every day. They are our ‘fight or flight’ response that enables us to respond to situations and challenges. But if our feelings of stress and anxiety last beyond the situation or challenge, and start to affect our everyday life, then you should be getting help and seeking skills to help you to manage our stress and anxiety and improve your mental health and overall wellness.
How do you know if you are experiencing unhelpful stress or anxiety?
You may experience feelings of nervousness, restlessness, or irritability. You might have trouble concentrating, be fatigued, or experience muscle tension. You may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep; or have gastrointestinal issues or other physical symptoms such as sweating or feelings of tightness in your chest.
How to manage stress and anxiety?
Practice meditation and mindfulness every day. Do Yoga. Take short walks outside. Laugh and cry. Get adequate sleep, eat well, and take the time to rest.
Here are some online tools to help you to understand and manage you mood:
Mind shift CBT