Tackling a Low Mood with CBT - dummies

By Brian Thomson, Matt Broadway-Horner

Part of Managing Depression with CBT For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sees depression as occurring in three areas, affecting your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Therefore, to tackle your depression you need to take effective action in each of these areas.

Here you’ll find just a few key tips for tackling your low mood in these areas.

  • Get active. Although physical exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing, it’s an effective way of raising your mood.

  • Find the joy in every day. Make a list of all the things in your life that you like, however small: a smile, a flower, a piece of chocolate, and so on. Try to really enjoy these small blessings and spend time thinking about them.

  • Don’t procrastinate. If you have things you feel bad about not doing, make a list and set yourself realistic goals to tackle them. You’ll feel better for it. Reward yourself with a treat for each goal you achieve.

  • Make someone else happy. This is a very effective way of starting to feel better and raising your happiness levels. Give it a try.