Mood Swings and Menopause
Menopause can feel like an emotional rollercoaster ride. One minute you’re happy as a clam, the next you’re depressed, irritable or anxious, and it only makes things worse when you don’t understand why your mood has changed so precipitously.
Mood swings are a normal part of menopause. Changing hormones can make us feel emotionally unstable, while other menopause symptoms like hot flashes and insomnia can put a damper on anyone’s mood. It’s important to remember that mood swings do not mean you’re going crazy—they’re natural during this transitional period in a woman’s life.
However, this doesn’t mean you have to sit idly by while menopause messes with your emotions. Anti-aging treatment can help by correcting the hormonal imbalance that may be causing mood changes, and there are plenty of other things you can do on your own to feel better.
Ready to stabilize your emotional state? It may help to:
- Address other symptoms. If you’ve been having trouble sleeping or have been hounded by troublesome symptoms like hot flashes, getting these problems under control can be a big help with mood swings. Set up the most comfortable sleeping environment possible and try wearing layered clothing so you can add or remove a layer as your body temperature changes. If you’ve been dealing with any other symptoms, let us know so we can help you find a solution.
- Get active. Exercise can have a direct influence on mood. When we exercise, we boost levels of mood-enhancing chemicals like serotonin and endorphins in our brains, which can put us in a significantly better mood. As an added bonus, exercising more will help you sleep better, and there’s even some evidence that it can help you relieve hot flashes.
- Do something you enjoy. Sometimes when we feel depressed or anxious, we withdraw from our social life and hobbies, but these are things that can almost always help us feel better. If you’re feeling out of sorts, it can help to spend some time with your close friends and family members, or simply giving one of them a call. You can also try devoting more time to your interests and doing things that stimulate your creativity.
Mood swings can be an uncomfortable part of menopause, but there are many ways to cope with them. If any other strategies have helped you deal with the emotional changes of menopause, share them with us in the comments!