Fluctuating hormones are the source of menopause related mood swings and other emotional turmoil seen in perimenopause and menopause and include severe changes in mood, feelings of sadness or tearfulness, irritability, aggressiveness, anxiety and fatigue.
Some women also experience problems concentrating, lack of motivation and increased tension.
Will this ever end?
If menopause related mood swings and emotional turmoil are ruining your life, there are lifestyle changes and medications that can help.
Dealing with stress and doing anything you can to have as little stress in your life as possible can really help.
A healthy diet can not only improve mood and balance hormones, but can also help with menopause related weight gain.
The same goes for aerobic exercise, like brisk walking, running, cycling or any activity that elevates the heart rate.
Eliminate alcohol, which is a depressive agent that can further impact your mood in negative ways.
Keep a connection with friends and family members, an active social life keeps your life full and fulfilled and provides you with a source of support.
Find a creative resource such as a hobby or activity of interest that will keep you busy, allow you to feel that you are achieving something and to improve your quality of life.
Maintain and nurture friendships and share your feelings often.
Seek professional help. Your doctor may prescribe SSRI antidepressants or other mood stabilizers that can help control symptoms and therapy can help as well.
Hormone replacement therapy can help reduce the mood swings and other emotional symptoms related to menopause, ask your doctor.
Get plenty of sleep, studies out of the University of Pennsylvania have indicated that sleep deprivation can make you more susceptible to menopausal symptoms.
Decrease caffeine intake, it’s a stimulant that can increase moodiness and jitteriness. As the lack of hormones is already interfering with your mood, you don’t need the added effect of a stimulant in your system.
Mood swings in menopause can really effect your quality of life and peace of mind, but these remedies can help, give them a try.