Managing Your Menopausal Mood Swings

Menopause is one of the biggest concerns in women's health. As you experience menopause, you may be susceptible to rapid mood swings. Fluctuating hormones are a big part of this, and the more your estrogen levels swing, the greater the chance that you'll feel moody. Here are a few things you can do to help keep mood swings under control.

Exercise regularly

Menopause aside, there are multiple reasons why you should exercise. It defends you from a number of health conditions, helps to maintain a healthy weight, and keeps your heart in good shape. It can also help to relieve you of stress and improve your mood. Exercise has been shown to help women in midlife and older women experiencing depression. It can help your mood even further if you exercise in a group and outside.

Eat healthily

Like exercise, eating healthily also offers multiple benefits. Increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and white grains, eating less sugar and fewer fats, and maintaining a healthy weight can help to fend off such diseases as diabetes. 

One diet you may wish to consider is a Mediterranean-style diet, which uses olive oil as its main fat. It also includes a large quantity of plant-based foods, along with a moderate amount of dairy and seafood, with little to no sweets or red meat. The diet is not only healthy, but also tasty, and is good for cognition and thinking, which helps as you manage the transitions that occur during menopause. 

Sleep more

If you suffer from chronic sleep deprivation, it disrupts your moods, causes you to wake up night after night, and gives you hot flashes, making you irritable and moody. 

Practice good sleep hygiene. One way to do this is to turn off the lights, and that includes the lights from your mobile devices and laptop. Your bedroom should also be at a comfortable temperature. Try to sleep and get up at approximately the same time each day, And avoid taking stimulants and eating large meals in the evenings.

Take herbal supplements

One thing you can try to help give you a feeling of calm is chamomile tea. There there's Ashwagandha, which is believed to reduce stress. There are a number of other supplements that help with mood and lower your stress levels. If you should decide to go ahead and try taking a herbal supplement, speak with your doctor in case it interferes with a medication you're currently taking.

Contact a women's health clinic to learn more.