Look after yourself
Paying attention to simple physical needs such as eating, sleeping and exercise can all help alleviate symptoms. ‘Regular exercise and just being outside in the open air can have a huge positive effect on how you feel,’ says Sara.
Tweaking your diet can also help, with some studies suggesting that omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12 -especially if your nutrient levels are low -- may ease mood changes. Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and fresh though not canned tuna, contain omega-3 fatty acids. So do flaxseed, nuts, soybeans, and dark green vegetables. Seafood and low-fat dairy products are sources of B12.
For further information or to speak to someone call the CALM helpline on 0800 58 58 58 (available 5pm-midnight) or the Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 (available round-the-clock).