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Mood Swings: FAQs

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With over 50% of women experiencing mood swings during menopause, this is an incredibly common symptom during this transition. Although they are frustrating, these mood swings are caused by hormonal fluctuations within the body and should disappear soon after menopause. Learn more about the frequently asked questions regarding menopausal mood swings.

What Foods Help Reduce Mood Swings?

Changing your diet can help reduce duration and severity of many menopausal symptoms, including mood swings. A diet rich in protein, fruit, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates will help to combat mood swings. Try eating more carbohydrates such as bagels, sandwiches, whole grain breads, and cereals, which can raise serotonin levels and reduce depression. Salmon and tuna and other fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids can boost your mood and energy level. Other sources that contain essential fatty acids include walnuts, almonds, and eggs.

What Relaxation Techniques Can I Use during an Episode?

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Deep breathing exercises, acupuncture, meditation, and yoga are all great ways to combat stress-related mood swings. Try taking a few deep breathes or repeating a mantra when a mood swing attacks. This can instantly help elevate your emotional state and keep your mood steady. Breathing also helps to strengthen the body and improve cardiovascular function.

Is There a Difference Between a Mood Swing and Depression?

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A mood swing is an often uncontrollable short burst of anger due to hormonal imbalance during menopause. Sufferers of depression often feel sad for no apparent reason or experience feelings of irritability, lethargy, or an inability to enjoy activities for more than two weeks. See your doctor or a psychologist if you've experienced the above symptoms.

Can a Good Night's Rest Help with My Mood?

Yes. Continual sleep deprivation and lack of sleep can affect your physical and emotional health and overall well-being. Therefore, getting a good night's rest is essential. Generally older adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night to function at their best during the day. Although you might feel that only a few hours sleep is sufficient, research shows that people who sleep less don't perform as well on complex mental tasks as those who get closer to 7 hours of rest per night.

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