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3 Mantras for Beating Mood Swings

When battling menopausal mood swings, it can be difficult to keep your cool. You may find yourself losing the power of rational thought, and having frustrating moments of brain fog. Or your otherwise level temper may begin to act up, to the point where you become angry at the slightest thing.

While it might be easy or almost a natural impulse to react negatively, it's actually vital to remain calm and keep your temper in check while experiencing menopausal mood swings. A great way to do this is to repeat a little message to yourself that can help you to relax, and relieve tension. Keep reading to learn 3 mantras that may be useful to help combat mood swings.

1

I'm in Control

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During menopause, it can feel like you're losing control. Your body is undergoing changes and there seems to be nothing you can do about it. However, it's essential to remind yourself that you do have power over both your mind and body. Next time you feel like you're going to have a mood swing, try repeating quietly to yourself “I'm in control”, “I'm in control”. Soon, with a little practice, you'll believe in this phrase, and be able to overcome your next bout of mood swing madness.

2

My Friends Aren't My Enemies

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When you're mid-mood swing, it's easy to take aggression out on those around you, but while this may be an easy escape, it's not the right thing to do. You must remember that your mood swings are not anyone's fault, and repeat to yourself “my friends aren't my enemies”; “my friends aren't my enemies”. This will help to remind you not to take out your aggression on them, which is especially important, because the last thing you want is to alienate the people you care most about.

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I'm an Attractive Woman

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Menopause brings with it a plethora of symptoms, like vaginal dryness, headaches, and night sweats. It also signals infertility, which may affect levels of self confidence. This can make you feel down and lead to mood swings, so what you need to do is spruce yourself up. You can do so by repeating the mantra “I'm an attractive woman”, “I'm an attractive woman” over and over again, until you start to believe it, and feel the power of your words. You may also want to try doing things that make you feel good about yourself, like wearing a favorite outfit, or getting your hair done.

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Sources:
  • Amin, Zenab, Turhan Canli, and C. Neill Epperson. "Effects of Estrogen-Serotonin Interactions on Mood and Cognition". Behav Cogn Neurosci Rev 2005; 4; 43.
  • Dr. Love, Susan, and Karen Lindsey. Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
  • Molecular Psychiatry.(n.d)."Estrogen Promotes Gender Difference in Brain's Response to Stress". Retrieved from www.psycheducation.org.
  • The Health Center.(n.d)."Adult Mood Swings". Retrieved from www.thehealthcenter.info.