Women and Their Mood Swings
What is a shift in mood?
In moments of feeling happy or elated, if you have ever felt angry or upset, you may have noticed a shift in mood. These unexpected and drastic shifts in emotion may appear as if they are coming on for no reason. There are however a couple of common factors that may be responsible.
What causes shifts in mood?
Many situations and lifestyle decisions can cause women to experience significant mood changes. They include:
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is a group of symptoms that occur 1 to 2 weeks before a period in women. PMS can cause fatigue, changes in appetite, depression, bloating, and more in addition to mood shifts. Most women, 90%, experience such PMS-like symptoms prior to their periods. There can be variations in the severity of these symptoms from month to month. With age, they can get worse or improve.
It’s unclear why these symptoms are caused by this premenstrual phase. Scientists agree that variations in the hormone oestrogen are most likely to blame. The oestrogen levels of a woman rise and fall rapidly in the days and weeks before a period. 1 to 2 days after menstruation starts, they level out. Such changes can influence mood and actions.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
A more extreme and rare form of PMS is premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Up to 5% of women of childbearing age are affected by PMDD. Extreme mood swings, serious depression, extreme irritability, and more are signs of PMDD.
To treat PMDD, lifestyle therapies alone are rarely adequate. In order to find relief from symptoms, including severe mood swings, many women will incorporate complementary therapies, such as stress management and dietary changes, with medication.
In a number of negative ways, stress and worry affect the body and health. Your mood can be one such area. Frustrations, fears, and a constant state of stress can, along with other psychological problems, lead to extreme mood changes.
Disposition may be affected by psychiatric factors and behavioural conditions and cause symptoms such as mood changes. These disorders include hyperactivity deficit of attention (ADHD), depression, bipolar disorder, and more. The effects of severe mood swings and any other symptoms you can encounter will most likely be relieved by treating these conditions.
Imbalance in Hormones
In PMS-related mood changes, oestrogen can play a role, but other hormones may influence mood, too. A common hormone disorder is hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones. It can influence mood and give rise to other symptoms.
In a child’s life, puberty is a period of mental, physical and psychological changes. During this period of life, mood swings and unexplained emotional reactions can be normal.
During pregnancy, changes in hormone levels can lead to changes in emotions and mood. Plus, pregnant women also undergo physical changes and emotional stress, which may make complications more serious, such as mood changes and emotional outpourings. But isn’t it all worth it for a gift of a lifetime?
A duration of mood swings is correlated with another significant change in life, menopause. Many women experience a number of symptoms as levels of oestrogen drop, including mood swings, hot flashes, insomnia, and diminished sex drive. To help ease the low-oestrogen period of life, some doctors will offer hormone replacement medications to perimenopausal women.
How to handle major mood shifts
To prevent potential changes in mood and feelings, it is possible to regulate your mood and strengthen your wellbeing. The following mood improvement therapies concentrate on lifestyle or alternative remedies that you can try at home. Sometimes other therapies, including prescription drugs, are used.
For your physical and mental health, travelling and exercising are great. They can also help you to handle or prevent mood changes. Your body releases feel-good hormones and endorphins when you exercise, which can help relieve stress and improve mood. Five days a week, strive for 30 minutes of moderate exercise.
Stop caffeine, sugar and alcohol
These stimulants and depressants can affect your natural state, exacerbating or triggering mood swings in the first place. Yes, caffeine can help you feel less tired, but anxiety and nervousness can also be amplified.
Alcohol is a depressant that can make bad moods worse or make you irrationally act. Sugary foods can cause swings in your blood sugar level while being delicious. These fluctuations can cause mood changes and other symptoms. In order to preserve stable moods, cut back as much as you can on all three foods.
Modify your diet
It may be common to eat big meals three times a day but consuming smaller meals may be better for mood stability. This is because blood sugar changes can lead to emotional shifts following large meals. In order to keep these drastic changes in mood at bay, smaller meals, divided during the day will help regulate your blood sugar.
Stress and anxiety can exacerbate the symptoms of many disorders, including PMS. Learning to handle stress will help you to prevent problems, including mood swings, whether you are anxious, taxed, or otherwise stressed. To help relieve stress, meditation, deep breathing, and yoga are all known to help. There may also be extremely effective massage therapy or talk therapy.
Mood swings are normal and by now you might have gotten used to it. But with these tips, you don’t have to.