How to Manage Mood Swings of Menopause with Self Help Methods?
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How to Manage Mood Swings of Menopause with Self Help Methods?

Mood swings are defined as extreme or abrupt fluctuations in mood. During mood swings, people often experience drastic shifts in their emotional state. The term "mood swing" is often used to describe an emotional reaction that is inappropriate to its cause or trigger. During menopause, women commonly experience mood swings because their hormones, which regulate mood and emotions, are thrown off balance. Menopause is a time of significant hormonal changes, and these changes, typically occurring in women between the ages of 45 and 55, can affect emotional stability just as much as the body´s equilibrium. More than 50% of women experience mood swings as they approach menopause.

Mood swings are defined as extreme or abrupt fluctuations in mood. During mood swings, people often experience drastic shifts in their emotional state. The term "mood swing" is often used to describe an emotional reaction that is inappropriate to its cause or trigger. During menopause, women commonly experience mood swings because their hormones, which regulate mood and emotions, are thrown off balance.

Menopause is a time of significant hormonal changes, and these changes, typically occurring in women between the ages of 45 and 55, can affect emotional stability just as much as the body´s equilibrium. More than 50% of women experience mood swings as they approach menopause.

Because each woman has her own individual way of managing her emotions, stress, and her environment, all women experience the symptoms of mood swings differently. However, many symptoms of mood swings are common for women going through menopause.

How to manage mood swings of menopause with self help methods?

Typically, combining lifestyle changes and alternative medicines produces the best treatment results. Making these lifestyle changes is easier, especially if one is accustomed to a certain routine.

Alternative medicines can be different herbs and supplements, or even techniques like acupuncture or acupressure. When seeking out alternative medicines, keep in mind that because mood swings during menopause are associated with hormonal imbalance, look for supplements that bring a natural balance to hormonal levels, for this will go a long way to treating mood swings at the core of the issue.

Natural remedies for menopause such as yoga, meditation, massage, and acupuncture can provide stress relief and give you time for personal reflection.

More self help methods to manage mood swings:

  • Try getting enough sleep and staying physically active to feel your best.
  • Learn ways to deal with stress. 
  • Talk to your doctor to see if you may have depression, which is a serious illness.
  • Consider seeing a therapist or joining a support group.
  • If you are using MHT for hot flashes or another menopause symptom, your mood swings may get better too.
  • Cut Back on Caffeine
  • Caffeine is a stimulant that acts directly on the nervous system, adding to mood instability.
  • Eat more carbohydrates Foods such as potato, bran, wheat, and other complex carbohydrates help to boost serotonin levels.
  • Eat more protein Foods high in protein, such as meat, fish, dairy products, are amino acids rich and help cope mood swings.
  • Make time for friends and family Spending time with loved ones boosts levels of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that counteracts mood imbalance.
  • Exercise regularly Relaxing exercises such as yoga not only improve overall self image and health, but reduce stress levels.
  • By eating a balanced diet rich in foods that boost serotonin levels, and avoiding mood-crashing sugary foods and excess caffeine, it is possible to stabilize mood levels to some degree.
  • 20 minutes of sun exposure every day can also lighten your mood and your day.

In addition, while these changes will help alleviate mood swings, they do not address the problem directly at the hormonal source and so further treatment may be necessary. Alternative medicine has proven to be excellent for treating mood swings in a safe and natural way.

Herbal supplements are the most prominent, though in addition women may turn to other stress relieving techniques such as massage or Chinese acupuncture which may help stabilize mood. However, most women find that herbal supplements are the easiest alternative treatment to follow, as the others require a greater time and monetary commitment. Herbal remedies for menopause, such as kava kava, hops, and black cohosh have also been proven to help balance moods.

A study from Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore showed that smoking or not exercising was more predictive of depressive symptoms in middle-aged women than menopausal hormone changes. And other recent research published in the American Journal of Psychiatry and the British Journal of Psychiatry suggest that poor diet may also be linked to higher risk of depression. "It's something women know intuitively but often ignore: You have to take care of yourself," urges Minkin. "De-stress daily through deep breathing, yoga, exercise, or even by talking with a good friend or your spouse. Spend time alone. Don't smoke, eat healthfully, and stay active. These things are crucial for keeping your mood steady."

Related: www.34-menopause-symptoms.com

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