Menopausal mood swings can be difficult to manage. And if they are severe, can negatively impact your work, home, and social life. This constant flux of emotional instability is due to hormonal fluctuation during menopause. As challenging as it may seem, there are ways to help you control your mood swings and prevent them from impacting relationships. Read these six tips below before you go on your next date.
Yoga and aerobics is one of the least invasive ways of stabilizing your hormones. Exercising also helps release endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemical that boost your mood.
Avoid caffeine and sugar
Not only are the two bad for your skin and waistline, they can cause jitters while on your date, which could put a damper on your night. Avoid being uncomfortable by skipping the caffeine or sugar.
Choose the right outfit
Choose an outfit that is flattering and airy—one that will make you feel like the beautiful and confident woman you are. That way you can focus on having a wonderful night with your date.
Although it can be tempting, try to avoid drinking alcohol. It can exacerbate mood swings and other symptoms of menopause like hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Eat a healthy dinner
Eat something that is nutritious and filling. Order a steak, but make sure to have a fresh salad first with beans or fruit to balance your blood sugar. Fish is also a good option, too.
See a movie
Seeing a good movie can be a great distraction from your mood swings, whether you are watching a comedy or a romance. Since movie theaters tend to be cool, you are less likely to experience uncomfortable hot flashes, which will improve your mood. The movie can also be a great talking point with your date afterwards.
Mood swings are just one of the many symptoms menopausal women may experience. Try to lessen the impact of mood swings and other symptoms by leading a healthy lifestyle. Some cases are special and require alternative medicine or even hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Talk to your doctor to find out if you are at risk for more serious conditions like depression or bipolar disorder.
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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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