Mood swings during perimenopause and menopause are some of the most misunderstood aspects of the changes that women undergo. It is not helped by the fact that irritability and mood swings can affect loved ones which in turn leads to higher stress levels. Doctors and scientists don’t know exactly why these rapid mood swings take place.
Some believe that the reduced levels of estrogen are responsible while others believe that it is just a result of the other symptoms of menopause. During menopause women may suffer from hot flashes, insomnia, heart palpitations and night sweats; all which add to stress and fatigue levels which may in turn be the cause of the mood swings.
Given the effects of the symptoms, it is easy to see why many scientists now believe that the irritability and mood swings are primarily caused by fatigue and tiredness. However, it seems most likely that the mood swings are probably as a result of both the symptoms and the hormone changes.
The good news is that there is plenty that you can do to help you through the mood swings. Step one is to recognize that they are happening. By taking a moment to acknowledge the sudden mood swing, you can start to control it and reduce your stress levels. Once you find you can start to get a bit of control over your stress levels, you will then be on the way to managing your mood swings. By just taking a few deep breaths and holding them for a few seconds you will feel your emotions start to subside.
The next step is to try to help minimize the mood swings and irritability. Exercise is a good method. By exercising regularly you will increase your fitness and will probably be able to sleep better. Look at taking Yoga, Pilates or Tai chi lessons as these will all help give you a much better level of control. Some women find that regular spa sessions and massages can really help. In reality, anything that allows you to take your mind off of your emotions for a while will have a positive effect.
The final thing you should look at is diet, by trying to avoid caffeine and sugar before you go to bed. Hot milk or malt drinks can help you to get a good night’s sleep. Eating plenty of carbohydrates is also good for you as these will help to produce more serotonin which helps to give you to feel naturally good. By taking positive action you can make great progress towards controlling your mood swings.