Often one of the worst aspects of mood swings during menopause is feeling out of control of your own emotions.You may feel anxious, sad, or even angry, but you don't understand why.You say and do things that you can't comprehend, but you can't stop yourself.
Fortunately, with a little understanding of the causes and symptoms of menopausal mood swings, you can begin explaining your mood swings to your children. You might also discover treatment options that reduce the frequency and severity of this common menopause symptom. Keep reading to learn more.
Understanding Mood Swings during Menopause
We all have our ups and downs. During menopause, however, moods can be unpredictable and fluctuate rapidly. But what's behind them? The primary cause is the hormonal imbalance that begins with the onset of menopause. Fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone — both of which play large roles in regulating mood — can have a whirlwind affect on your emotions. Stress at work, poor dietary choices, and emotional distress can all exacerbate hormonal imbalance and your mood swings.
Talking to Your Children
Once armed with information about menopausal mood swings, talk to your children about this life transition. Although many women and their children may not feel comfortable about having such a frank discussion about menopause, speaking about these changes will make the menopausal transition easier for you all. Explain to your children that your shifts in mood are rooted in biology and not due to any love lost.
Explain patiently and carefully. Form your discussion based on your child's age and maturity level.
Answer questions honestly. The aim of the conversation is to be as open and honest as possible.
Don't be afraid to apologize. If you've done or said some things you regret, explain to your child what went wrong.
During the tumult of daily life, we can forget how understanding and sympathetic our children can be. A frank and honest discussion about your menopausal mood swings can help smooth over household discord and prevent incidents from escalating beyond of control.
Talking to Your Doctor
If menopausal mood swings are disrupting your daily life, it is important to seek the advice of a medical professional. A doctor can explain the treatment options available and give further tips on how to cope with your symptoms.
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