If mood swings are starting to disrupt your everyday life, then it is time to start taming them. During menopause, sex hormone levels, which have long maintained proper developmental, menstrual, and sexual functions, fluctuate and ultimately decline. The decrease in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone will directly affect your brain chemistry.
You may have a decrease in mood-stabilizing neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and endorphins. At the same time, your levels of cortisol - the stress hormone - can increase, causing panicky mood swings. There are several great tips to get you overcoming depression, anxiety, and anger.
Having sugary foods may feel nice at first, but it will spike your energy levels, and the crash will be very moody. Caffeine and alcohol are also known to have a similar effect on mood. Also, steer clear of excessive fatty foods. They will weigh you down, making you feel irritable and fatigued.
In addition, thoroughly check the labels of any prescription medications you are taking. Many have mood swings, depression, or rage as a side effect. If you find this is the case, you may want to evaluate your alternatives and speak with your doctor.
Don't Be Stubborn
If you don't have the desire to rise above your mood, it will remain. Sometimes, many people hold onto and even nurture negative emotions. You have to let go of controlling others or controlling your life events. Life is unpredictable, so don't grip so hard on making things perfect. This can only lead to disappointment, where you will not easily let up your anger or depression. The most important thing is that you are open and willing to see beyond your mood swings, and trust that your effort will make a difference.
Vitamin D from the sun, soothing nature sounds, and green grass should not be taken for granted. These simple joys of life can make you forget what you were even upset about. Vitamin D is known to increase serotonin, which increases happiness. Seeing the color green is balancing, and the blue sky can be calming. The sounds can, if even for a moment, ease troublesome thoughts. Instead of staying in your room, go into the great outdoors. Your mental patterns will shift.
If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, your mood will be much worse. You never give your brain a chance to ease its worries. When you do a 30 - 40 minute cardio session, you blood and oxygen flow improves, and endorphins are released. These make you feel relaxed, happy, and alert. If you want something gentler, try a yoga session. It balances your mind and body, while releasing gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is known to induce tranquility.
Since the root cause of your mood swings are largely hormonal, many women remedy their mood swings with phytoestrogenic herbal teas and supplements. Some popular ones are black cohosh, red clover, and dong quai. If you want an herb that's great for fighting depression, consume St. John's wort. For anxiety, try holy basil or valerian.
It can be difficult at first to get the hang of overcoming negative moods. You should not give up on the first week. The more you incorporate these tips into your life, the more you will see a profound improvement in your mental well-being. Release stress, enjoy life, and be free from despair with these simple and readily accessible tips.
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