More than 50% of women experience mood swings during menopause. Mood swings are often uncontrollable and extreme or abrupt changes in mood and emotions. They are caused by an imbalance in hormone levels, which can affect the release of chemicals in the brain connected to various emotions.
Read on to learn about how you can manage mood swings.
To help alleviate the effects of mood swings during menopause some simple, yet effective, lifestyle changes can be made. These include:
Exercise regularly. Exercise significantly impacts the mood. Studies have shown that increased endorphins and serotonin levels during physical activity can improve mild to moderate depression. Additionally, exercise helps remedy the hormonal imbalance that causes menopausal woman to have mood swings.
Reduce stress. Breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga are great ways to combat stress-related mood swings. Relaxation techniques such as these can help improve your physical and emotional well-being.
Limit caffeine. Caffeine acts as a stimulant to the nervous system and can lead provoke mood swings due to hormonal imbalance.
Eat a balanced diet. Eating carbohydrates such as potato, bran, and wheat can help boost serotonin levels. Foods that are high protein like meat, fish, and dairy are also rich in amino acids and can help boost your mood.
Some alternative approaches can be effective at treating mood swings. Stress relieving techniques such as acupuncture and massages are great at stabilizing your mood. Many women find that herbal supplements can stabilize hormones and mood swings.
Additionally, herbal remedies and lifestyle changes are the main option to treat hormonal imbalances that cause mood swings. Mood swings are a normal part of menopause, and learning how to manage them, will make your transition easier.
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