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Audio guides to boost your mood

On this page you'll find a series of eight mental wellbeing podcasts or audio guides you can listen to in your own time, in private, to help you through times when your mood is low or you're feeling anxious.

Each audio guide gives you simple, commonsense advice on what you can do to boost your mood. You can try the mood self-assessment quiz to help you decide which audio guides could help you the most.

The Moodzone audio guides are:

Low mood and depression audio guide

Dave lost his job and felt low for three months, so he went to see his GP. Talking with his GP helped Dave see what was affecting his mood and take steps to feel better. In this 10-minute audio guide, Dr Chris Williams talks you through ways to tackle common mood problems if – like Dave – you're feeling a little down or depressed. 

Moodzone: Low mood and depression

Media last reviewed: 02/03/2015

Next review due: 02/03/2017

Panic attacks audio guide

One in every 15 people will have a panic attack in their life. Dr Chris Williams describes how John's emotions send him into a vicious circle of actions that leads to him having panic attacks. This nine-minute audio guide may help you identify the patterns you fall into before a panic attack.

Moodzone: Panic attacks

Dr Chris Williams describes the vicious circle that fuels panic attacks and explains how to tackle this. This podcast is one of an eight-part series for Moodzone.

Media last reviewed: 02/03/2015

Next review due: 02/03/2017

Anxiety audio guide

With exams coming up, student Emma was sick with worry. She was finding it hard to concentrate because her flatmates made too much noise, and as a result she felt really anxious. But when she talked to her college counsellor, she was able to work through her problems and deal with her flatmates' behaviour. In this 15-minute Moodzone audio guide Dr Chris Williams describes how anxiety might affect you and what you can do to ease it.

Moodzone: Anxiety

Media last reviewed: 02/03/2015

Next review due: 02/03/2017

Anxiety control training audio guide

One way to tackle anxiety is by practising how to relax. You can do this if you take a little holiday from your thoughts every day. In this audio guide, Dr Chris Williams offers a six-minute introduction to how to go about relaxing and beating your anxieties, today and in the long term.

Moodzone: Anxiety control training

Media last reviewed: 02/03/2015

Next review due: 02/03/2017

Overcoming sleep problems audio guide

Trouble sleeping is natural every now and again, especially before a big life event, such as a job interview. But if you haven't been sleeping well for several weeks, you may be desperate for a full night's rest. In this six-minute guide, Dr Chris Williams discusses common barriers to a good night's rest and what you can do to create a perfect sleep environment.

Moodzone: Sleep problems

Media last reviewed: 02/03/2015

Next review due: 02/03/2017

Practical problem solving audio guide

If your mood is low or you're feeling anxious, it may be you have problems you're having trouble finding a way through. Why not spend five minutes listening to Dr Chris Williams talk you through some ways to take a step back and think more clearly about how to deal with your problems?

Moodzone: Practical problem solving

Media last reviewed: 02/03/2015

Next review due: 02/03/2017

Low confidence and assertiveness audio guide

One common reason for thinking badly about ourselves is because we have our standards set impossibly high. It can give your confidence a real boost to remember "good enough" is, well, good enough! Find out how to deal with your lack of confidence and build assertiveness with this eight-minute mental wellbeing audio guide by Dr Chris Williams.

Moodzone: Low confidence and assertiveness

Media last reviewed: 02/03/2015

Next review due: 02/03/2017

Unhelpful thinking audio guide

Saying to yourself, "I always mess things up" or, "They'll think I'm stupid if I say this" are typical of how we can bring ourselves down. Dr Chris Williams calls this "unhelpful thinking" and, in this eight-minute audio guide, he offers simple tips on how to avoid it.

Moodzone: Unhelpful thinking

Media last reviewed: 02/03/2015

Next review due: 02/03/2017

Page last reviewed: 13/08/2015

Next review due: 13/08/2017

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