Ups and Downs: Mood Swings And What We Can Do About Them
Mood swings are something that a lot of women have to deal with. You can be feeling fine one minute and then burst into tears the next. Or you can wake up raring to go, and an hour later feel exhausted and drained. But what are some of the reasons for these mood swings, and what can we do to make ours lives a little easier and even them out a little? Read on to find out.
One of the biggest reasons that we might experience mood swings is stress. Stress is something of an epidemic these days, and as women, we are certainly not immune to it. In a way, we have it harder than we ever had, because we have the dual burden of working and raising a family.
But moms that stay at home aren’t immune from life stress either. They often have the pressure put on them by society to be perfect wives, mothers, and housekeepers, while spending the majority of their time at home without adult company.
So what exactly can we do to alleviate some of this stress? Well, I guess it is important to have some compassion for yourselves. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to do everything. It’s OK to take some time just for you. In fact, it’s healthy to do that!
A condition that is known to cause quick changes in mood is bipolar disorder. This is a serious mental health consideration that oscillates between feeling very high and very low. Although some folks mostly have lows and very few highs. That is why it can sometimes be mistaken for major depression.
Bipolar isn’t something that can be cured, but it can be managed, to make your life livable. The first step in doing this is to check your symptoms against the known symptom for bipolar which you can do at http://www.bipolar-lives.com/bipolar-symptoms.html. Then speak to your doctor who will be able to assess you and decide on your next treatment step which could be medication, counseling, and diet.
Another cause of mood disturbance can be hormones. Sometimes the levels of different hormones in our system can have a pronounced effect on our mood.
Of course, when there is a change in the balance of hormones such as ovulation, menstruation, or pregnancy, it can be when we are most affected. For a lot of folks, this is manageable. But for some that suffer from a condition like PMDD, it can mean that for at least half of the month they feel incredibly depressed. You can find out more about this little known condition at http://www.medicinenet.com.
So what can you do about this? Well, some folks find that going on the contraceptive pill can limit the time in which the experience mood swings. Other solutions include investigating whether you have a hormone sensitivity or deficiency and using supplements like progesterone to help.