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5 Secrets to Shifting Low Mood

Analysis of over 500 people on Do Something Different programmes shows that as many as 70% of people presenting with low mood are back in the “healthy” category when they finish. What’s the secret to shifting low mood?

February 13th 2017

We have long known that Do Something Different programmes have a really positive effect on people with low mood – recent analysis shows incredibly positive results.

…the same sort of questions a doctor in the UK would ask you

We ask people a set of questions at the start of almost every programme and some of them are designed to measure mood. (In fact they are the same sort of questions a doctor in the UK would ask if you said you were feeling low.) We then invite people to fill in the same questions at the end to get an idea of what’s changed.

Looking at the our most recent Do-ers who have completed both surveys, we are seeing really significant shifts in mood:

Out of those who were in the “at risk” category for Depression at the start, 70.2% were in the “healthy” category at the end.

Out of those who were in the “at risk” category for anxiety at the start, 63.2% were in the “healthy” category at the end.

What’s going on?

So what’s going on here? Time to ask one of our founding Professors of Psychology,  Karen Pine, why Do Something Different has such a positive effect on mood for so many people.

“We created Do Something Different as a way of helping people to be more “behaviourally flexible”, because our own research shows that this is the key to unlocking richer, healthier, more satisfying lives.

“There are five underlying psychological principles encapsulated in our approach; the five secrets to shifting low mood if you like:

5 secrets

“Of course, if you’re feeling down, these simple things can be really difficult to do. That’s where Do Something Different is so powerful. We send people easy to complete tasks by text and email that are tailored for them. Step by step it helps them to break out of the negative cycle they are locked in and to slowly open up to new possibilities.

“I’m so thrilled to see these results. What you have to remember is behind the statistic about 70% of people shifting their low mood are real lives. Real people feeling brighter, happier, more connected and more in control. For some people it can be genuinely life-changing.

“That’s why we created Do Something Different. That’s why we do what we do!”

What to do?

If you haven’t done already, join our FREE Go Do programme. If you’ve already done that take a look at our Pro Collection and choose a programme that will help you target a particular area, like Happiness or Stress for example.

Whatever you do, do something. Do it in small steps. Be kind to yourself as you go and gradually, there’s every chance you’ll feel the low mood lift.


Professor Karen Pine is one of the founding psychologists at Do Something Different.
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