Mood swings are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. They are defined as dramatically changing moods with no apparent trigger. You might be high as a kite one moment and close to tears the next, with nothing having happened to provoke this sudden shift.
With no cause immediately apparent, mood swings can be difficult to handle, particularly if you are out and about and on the go.But do not fear. Help is at hand. Read on for a list of five essentials to carry in your handbag to ensure you are always prepared for when a mood swing strikes.
Weepy at work? Tearful in transit? Feel like a cry while you're cooking? One of the characteristics of mood swings is that you never know when they are going to catch you out. Have a cry if you need to; you will feel better afterwards. And with mascara close to hand, no one will know.
2. A yoga mat
Spiritual energy-boosting exercises will do wonders for your emotional well-being.Mood swings can be confusing, distressing, and stressful. Having the opportunity to stop in the park and engage in spiritual energy-boosting exercises will do wonders for your emotional well-being.
3. A book
Reading is a form of escapism. When the swings of your mood and emotions become overwhelming, sometimes you just need a moment away from the real world. Having a book with you will allow you to dip in and out of the stresses and worries of daily life at your leisure.
Carry enough money on you for a cup of coffee. When you are feeling stressed, upset, and emotional, just stepping out of the house or the office to have half an hour to yourself will give you the time and space you need to calm down. Go to a café, buy yourself your favorite coffee, and recharge.
5. Your MP3 player
In the same way that a book gives you a moment to distance yourself from a stressful day, listening to a song can take you away and give you time to think. Choose something calm and soothing, or investigate downloading sea or jungle sounds to really put you far from aggravation.
Carrying these items will make sure that you are always prepared for a mood-swing-strike. However, there are numerous other ways you can combat mood swings as you go about your daily routine. For more information on menopausal mood swing fixes that you can do on a day-to-day-basis, click on the link below.
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- Dr. Love, Susan, and Karen Lindsey. Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
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