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Are your menopausal mood swings ruining your life?

Are your menopausal mood swings ruining your life?

This is what many women feel.  I know, because I have treated a lot of these women.

Most women believe that menopause only means you’ll have hot flashes and night sweats. However, did you know that mood swings are a real problem for many peri-menopausal and menopausal women?

This is such a big issue that on March 25th in the Menopause Sisterhood Facebook Group you can catch the replay of the Menopause Sisters talking about depression in menopause.  If you missed it you can listen to it here:

Menopause Sisterhood Facebook Group

If you are suffering from mood swings, I don’t have to tell you that fluctuating hormones are the cause of this emotional turmoil and while severity will vary from woman to woman, it is not uncommon for women to start crying or go into a rage for no apparent reason.

Are you experiencing any of the following:  

  • Lack of motivation
  • Feelings of sadness or tearfulness
  • Irritability
  • Aggressiveness
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Problems concentrating
  • Changes in mood, sometimes drastic and unexplainable
  • Increased tension

Are you wondering how to cope with these mood swings so you don’t feel like they are ruining your life? 

HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU:.  

  • De-stress your life. You need to take a look at those things that cause you the most stress and do what things you can in order to have as little stress in your life as possible. It may mean handling financial stressors, changing jobs, and managing relationships that are stressful to you.  Let go of those things that no longer serve you.  Learn to say no.
  • Exercise and get into a healthy diet. Healthy nutrition and exercise can help improve your mood and may prevent the need for taking medication.
  • Stay away from alcohol and tranqulizers. These things are depressive agents so that you actually worsen your mood swings by taking them, especially if you use them on a regular basis.
  • Keep a connection with your community and family members.These things can give you something to do besides feel bad and make for a longer, healthier life.  This is provided these are healthy relationships for you.
  • Find a creative resource that helps you feel as though you are achieving something. If you have no hobbies or avocations, this is the time to find those that can improve your quality of life. It can be any hobby that interests you and that can help you feel less moody.
  • Keep your friends close to you. People that maintain and nurture friendships can live longer and can have an improved quality of life.
  • Treat yourself. Many women feel overwhelmed in menopause and this adds to the mood swings and irritability.  Take a day for pampering yourself.  Go for a massage, lunch with a friend, or join a yoga class.  Do something that brings you joy as this may help to lessen the overwhelming feeling of not having time for yourself.  Make the time.
  • Get plenty of sleep. A big part of the mood swings in menopause is related to a lack of quality sleep. Studies out of the University of Pennsylvania have indicated that sleep deprivation can make you more susceptible to menopausal symptoms. Use good sleep hygiene by sleeping in a dark room and using your bed for only sex and sleeping. Don’t take stimulant or eat large meals just before going to bed.
  • Herbal Supplements. Sometime reaching for an herbal remedy may be in order.  For anxiety, try a little l-theanine.  In some cases you may need to seek help from your health practitioner.  So the tips here are not a replacement for that when warranted.
  • Decrease caffeine intake. Caffeine is a stimulant substance that can increase moodiness and jitteriness.

Mood swings in menopause are not a myth. There are definite changes in your emotional resources during menopause that can be helped through changes to your lifestyle.  Mood swings are very common in menopause.

Over at the Menopause Sisterhood Facebook Group there is a whole community of women there to support you.  If you have questions or tips you want to share, I would encourage you to do so there.  If you are not a member, ask to join.