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The Best Treatment for Mood Swings

Mood swings, or sudden and drastic changes in mood, are one of the many unpleasant symptoms women face during menopause. While mood swings are common during this transition, they can have a negative impact on your personal and professional relationships, if they are not managed. Women are twice as likely to suffer from these as men, but knowing how to treat mood swings is key.

The Best Treatment for Mood Swings

There are many triggers of mood swings, and these include: poor sleeping habits, chaotic lifestyle, bad diet, alcohol abuse, anemia, chemical imbalance, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, hypoglycemia, medications, and of course a hormonal imbalance.

The Different Treatments

Often the type of treatment that works best depends heavily on what triggers your mood swings. The best thing to do is not to rush into anything and take notes of why and when your mood swings occur - common triggers include sugar, alcohol, and your menstrual cycle. There are three main treatments for mood swings, including:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Alternative treatments
  • Medications

The Best Treatment: Lifestyle Changes

While every woman has different mood swing triggers, lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on every aspect of her health, including mood stabilization. Here's how you use lifestyle changes to treat mood swings:

Assess lifestyle

The Best Treatment for Mood Swings

Different substances can trigger mood swings, including alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine. Reducing the consumption of any of these substances is high recommended for long term mood stability. Fatigue also plays a large role in triggering mood swings, so sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night is recommended, as well.

Balance your diet

Many people feel down or are unable to perform their daily tasks correctly due to poor dietary choices. Never skip meals as this can lead to binges. Eating light breakfasts, such as whole grain cereal or fruit, along with eating multiple small meals in a day will go a long way in stabilizing your mood and improving your overall health. Some great food options include all-carb snacks (for serotonin) like a bowl of popcorn or cinnamon bagel, or foods that are rich in omega-3, such as salmon.

Exercise

Exercising for at least thirty minutes a day five days a week is great for enhancing mood and keeping your body healthy and strong.

Relaxation

The Best Treatment for Mood Swings

Reducing anxiety, stress, and anger is essential for your overall well-being. By doing some form of meditation or yoga or sticking to specific “me” time then, you will relax the body and decrease the likelihood of triggering mood swings.

Menstrual Mood Swings

The exact causes of menstrual mood swings are not well understood, but they may be connected to chemical changes in the brain and hormone fluctuations.

Female Mood Swings after Birth Control

Mood swings have been associated with hormonal changes when going off birth control. Click here to learn more.

Understanding the Difference between Menopausal Mood Swings and PMS

During women's reproductive years, mood swings often occur at the beginning and end of her menstrual cycle. Learn more here.

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