What is low mood?
We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Your mental health can change throughout your time at university and is often impacted by situations relating to family, relationships, work and the external environment.

We all have times when our mood is low and we may feel sad or miserable about life – it does not always mean something is wrong. Feeling low is common after distressing events or major life changes, but sometimes periods of low mood happen for no obvious reason. You may feel tired, lacking confidence, frustrated, angry or worried.

But a low mood will often pass after a couple of days or weeks; there are some easy things you can try and small changes you can make that may help improve your mood.

To find out more about low mood, visit NHS: Signs of low mood.


Mental health continuum



What can I do to improve my low mood?

First steps you can take to help yourself
Check out NHS Every Mind Matters: Feeling low?, which also contains a video you can watch.

There are two things we have direct influence over that affect our mood:

  • Our behaviours: taking positive action
  • Our thought patterns: noticing and re-framing our thinking patterns

All the self-help strategies for combatting low mood fall into one of these two categories:



Challenging our behaviours



Challenging our thought patterns


Additional resources which may help you

  • King’s students have access to Togetherall, which is a safe and anonymous online space you can go to if you’re feeling down, struggling to cope or just want to talk to people who understand what you’re going through.
  • There are a wide range of apps you can download to help you manage your thoughts and feelings, find out more in What kind of mental health apps are there that I can access?
  • The NHS has a lot information and guidance on how you can manage and support your own wellbeing; visit NHS Every Mind Matters.
  • Depression self-help guide from NHS Scotland: work through a self-help guide for depression that uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).


What are my next steps?



Create an action plan



What are the signs that I may need further help for my low mood?



How can I get help if my low mood is impacting my studies?



How can I access professional help?



What support is there in King’s Residences?