Understanding Mood Swings

And How to Cope with Them

Mood swings may happen due to hormonal changes during menopause. They may also be your mind’s natural response to other menopausal physical changes or even societal factors. In either case, there are ways you can address mood changes so that you stay confident and lead a happy life. This post explores the reasons for mood swings and also how to cope with them.

Why Do Mood Swings Happen?
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Before, during, and after menopause, the body decreases the production of estrogen. Estrogen regulates the hormones serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, which have mood-boosting properties. That is why you may experience mood changes during all stages of menopause.

  • A Normal Reaction to Physical Changes
  • The idea that a woman is a puppet on hormonal strings should belong to the past. Your reaction has a rational foundation and is not some whim. The thoughts of the physical changes you are going through can make you feel sad, angry, or even aggressive. Reacting to some physical symptoms like insomnia, hot flushes, or reduced skin elasticity may result in mood changes because of health concerns or concerns about what others think of you.

  • Societal Factors
  • Western society’s expectations may be putting more pressure on women. It expects that women should be sexually attractive at all times. As part of this image, there is a general perception that women going through menopause are irritable and moody.

    Yet, only 23 % of women in North America go through mood changes during the menopausal stages. A lot of what goes on during menopause is a result of your state before it.

How to Cope: Heal the body and the Mind
  • Get aerobic exercise. For at least 50 min per day. This will stimulate the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain.

  • Eat healthily. Your diet should consist of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and fiber-filled whole grains. They contain nutrients that boost the production of serotonin and estrogen in your body.

  • Get enough sleep. At least 7 to 8 hours.

  • Read a good book, meditate, or take a walk in nature

  • Find a creative outlet to get a sense of achievement

  • Stay connected with your family and community

  • Nurture your friendships

With so many fun, useful activities to do, mood swings will not interfere with your well-being. Will you try some of them? Tell us what you think works best for you!

Source: My Luna Editor.

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