Menopause mood swings are like an emotional rollercoaster ride for many women. They can be up one minute and down the next. They can occur at any time and for any reason. If your children seem more annoying, co-workers especially frustrating, television shows more heart-wrenching or even falling apart because your coffee is not prepared the right way, you are probably dealing with the awful mood swings that accompany menopause.
Many times, menopause mood swings can throw your emotional state so off kilter that you may not know if you should be sad or angry during certain situations, and make you feel like you have completely lost your mind. In truth, more than 15% of women who are going through menopause will have similar emotional difficulties while they are going through this change of life.
Effective Ways to Deal with the Problem
As frustrating as mood swings can be-for you and for your family members or co-workers-there are some very effective ways that can help you deal. Diet changes, exercise, or botanical supplements are some of these ways that can ease the mood swing symptoms. The best thing you can do to help yourself feel more in control is by just taking a breath and realizing you are just having menopause mood swings and that you aren't going crazy.
Realizing these situations of stress and avoiding them until you are more in control is also a way to deal with your moodiness. Exercise and diet are also excellent ways to help alleviate mood swings. Exercising three times a week for 20-30 minutes can help you focus your energies and forget about your emotions for a while. Exercise also helps with broken sleep patterns that can occur during menopause. Lack of sleep often will cause irritability, anxiety and anger in people who aren't going through menopause, and for those who are, many of these symptoms are heightened. Eating right can also help by raising the serotonin levels in your brain. Complex carbohydrates, such as those found in peas or beans can also help raise serotonin levels. Serotonin helps you feel more energized and upbeat.
Natural remedies for the symptoms of menopause mood swings can include meditation, yoga, massage, acupuncture or taking menopause vitamins. These give you time for personal reflection and provide stress relief. Herbal remedies for menopause are also effective in treating many of the symptoms such as mood swings. These remedies include Kava kava, hops or black cohosh and have been proven to help balance moods.
When experiencing mood swings and other symptoms of menopause, sometimes it helps to talk to someone about it. If your treatments aren't effective, consult with your physician to see if there are other options you can try.