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Feeling restless

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Everyone can feel restless from time to time. However, if you are depressed, you may feel angry or irritable but also restless much of the time.

This change in mood may be something that not only affects you, but also your relationships with others. It’s therefore important to learn how to deal with these feelings.

Ways to overcome feelings of restlessness

To help you cope with feelings of restlessness or irritability, try some of the following tips.

  • Talk to your family, friends and work colleagues — don’t bottle up your emotions. If you have an issue with someone, try to deal with it straight away so you’re not stewing over it and causing yourself unnecessary stress.
  • Cry if you need to — it can help make you feel better. Don’t feel embarrassed. Crying can ease pressure and tension.
  • Look after yourself — eat a balanced diet and get enough sleep.
  • Notice your feelings — be aware of changes in your moods and thoughts and take note of anything that makes you feel good or bad.
  • Take time for yourself — even if it’s only half an hour — each day. Go somewhere quiet and relax.
  • Exercise — join a group exercise class like yoga or pilates, or do your own class at home using a rented DVD or online session.
  • Do something enjoyable — have your friends around, watch a movie, or do something else that’s fun to lighten your mood.

Where to get help

If you need help, talking to your doctor is a good place to start. If you’d like to find out more or talk to someone else, here are some organisations that can help:

  • MindSpot (anyone suffering from anxiety or depression) — call 1800 61 44 34.
  • Beyond Blue (anyone feeling depressed or anxious) — call 1300 22 4636 or chat online.
  • Black Dog Institute (people affected by depression and extreme mood swings) — online help.
  • Lifeline (anyone experiencing a crisis or thinking about suicide) — call 13 11 14 or chat online.
  • Suicide Call Back Service (anyone thinking about suicide) — call 1300 659 467.

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Last reviewed: September 2019

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