This can help if:
- You're feeling sad a lot
- You're not feeling yourself
- Things don't seem to be going right
What does 'feeling crap' mean?
Most people experience times when they are in a crap mood, though exactly what a crap mood feels like, and how extreme it is, can change. If you’re feeling crap it could mean you’re feeling:
- Fed up
Feeling like this usually passes, but identifying the things that are contributing to the feeling can really help you to deal with it. Feeling crap could be caused by one singular thing, or they could be a result of a combination of factors. Common reasons for feeling low usually involve:
- Psychological factors
- Social circumstances
- Physical causes
Signs of a low mood
- Being withdrawn
- Lashing out
- Crying or become emotional
- Losing interest in activities
- Having changed sleeping patterns
- Experiencing a change in appetite
If you’re experiencing a crap mood, you might find yourself acting in all or some of these ways. It’s not exactly enjoyable, but there are things you can do about it.
What to do about a low mood
Feeling crap can be really hard to deal with sometimes, but managing it is definitely possible. There are two main things people can do to try and deal with their crap mood.
Develop positive strategies to help you cope with feeling crap. These could include:
- Writing about how you’re feeling
- Sticking to your routine
- Planning things and setting goals. Making yourself get out and do things has been proven to lift moods
- Looking after your physical health e.g. making sure you’re sleeping, exercising and eating well
- Trying something new e.g. something that you can gain new skills from or that you think you’ll find entertaining, fun, or challenging
Work out the cause of your crap mood. If you know the reason that you’re feeling down, you can take control of the feeling. This means that you can work on developing positive strategies that could solve the problem.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter what we try, a crap mood won’t go away. It could be a sign that something more is going on. Read more about always being sad to understand when sadness becomes a problem.