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5 of the Most Common Causes of Mood Swings


Menopause can be a time of extreme hormonal fluctuations, and one of the most common signs and symptoms of this is mood swings. Mood swings are commonly caused by changing hormones during menopause; and nearly half of all women will experience them as they make their natural transition. While menopause is one of the more common causes of mood swings, there are several other factors that can trigger mood swings in women and men of all ages. The five most common causes of mood swings include:

1

Unhealthy Lifestyle

Bad dietary habits are often the reason for a whole multitude of menopausal problems.

Bad dietary habits can often instigate and exacerbate several menopausal symptoms. Help eliminate your mood swings by choosing healthier meals and snacks that include more protein, grains, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and plenty of water and milk.

2

Stress

Worry, stress, and anxiety are three common reasons for mood swings.

People who suffer continuous stress can experience mood swings because worry, stress, and anxiety are three common causes for the symptom. Stress is known to imbalance hormone levels and cause your symptoms to become more severe. Sometimes stress can also lead to psychological issues and extreme behavior. Try to eliminate stress by practicing relaxation techniques and setting time aside time each day for relaxing.

3

Depression

Mild depression is known to trigger mood swings.

Research has shown that mild depression can trigger mood swings. If you suffer from lethargy, withdrawal, loss of appetite, and fatigue - all of which are symptomatic of mild depression- then you are more likely to experience mood swings. Severe, bipolar, and manic depression can make mood swings worse, but these conditions can also be treated medically in order to help control swings.

4

Blood Sugar Levels

A high blood sugar level means a fluctuation in mood.

Because having high blood sugar levels means that you are more likely to experience a fluctuation in moods, the food you eat can lead to a rapid change in mood because of high levels of salt. Try to minimize the amount of salt, sugars, and caffeine in your diet.

5

Bad Sleeping Habits

A lack of sleep is a common cause of mood swings. Those who don't get enough sleep are more likely to feel fatigued and irritable. Sometimes this can be caused by nutrition.

More about Mood Swings

Ultimately, a mood swing is caused by hormonal imbalances in the body. The fluctuations seen during menopause and pregnancy are why mood swings are more commonly associated with women during those stages.

3 Ways of Managing Mood Swings

Keep reading to learn how to manage mood swings through lifestyle changes.

Mood Swings and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental health condition, but eating disorders are often misunderstood or dismissed.

Mood Swings and Intense Hunger

During menopause, some women can feel overwhelmed and even depressed if mood swings and intense hunger disrupt day-to-day life.

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