Improving low mood
Feeling down is common among people with acromegaly.
Below are some tips on how you might perhaps try to improve your mood.
Seek professional healthcare advice if nothing seems to work or you are down for long periods of time, as these healthcare professionals will be able to offer you additional support.
Be kind to yourself
- Forget about perfection – be the best that you can be, not what you think you should be
- Try to think positive – many people have used their diagnosis to make positive lifestyle changes, and so can you
Improve your body image
- If you are unhappy about the way you look, do something about the things you can control – get a haircut, get yourself new makeup or have a makeover
- Exercise – it will not only improve your mood but help you to lose weight if you need to, or help you keep toned if you are already quite active
- Forget about what others think – everyone is different and people come in all shapes and sizes
Give yourself permission to cry
- Crying is a healthy way to release your feelings of stress
- Find a safe space where you can let it all out, away from other people, or ask a close friend to just be there with you
- Remember though, if the crying becomes too overwhelming, see your doctor, as it might be a sign of depression, for which you could be treated
Talk about it
- Talking with others can help to relieve stress and worry
- Try not to shut people out – talk to your family or friends and tell them what they can do to help
- Ask your doctor to speak to a professional counsellor if you need to
- Find out as much as you want to know about your condition
- Contact a patient support group for information or to talk with others in a similar situation
- Do not be afraid to seek out a second opinion if you feel you need it
- Talk to your main healthcare professional if you have any questions – they are there to help
Seek help if low mood persists
- If you have tried to improve your low mood but nothing seems to work, talk to your doctor or other healthcare professional
- It is natural to have ups and down, but if you are lacking interest in what you normally would enjoy, it is important to seek professional help
- Counselling or medications are available to help you though if you need them
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