Menopause Mood Swings
Menopause, also called climacteric, may be associated with a variety of ailments in some women. The most common that effect menopausal women are sweating and sleeping disorders. Mood swings are also commonly experienced and known to about a third of menopausal women.
The good news is that this unpleasant sensation can be counteracted in a natural and gentle way. We at FEMNA Health give you some herbal guidance.
Causes of Mood Swings
In general, the cause of extreme mood swings is due to the hormonal changes that the body undergoes during menopause. In particular, serotonin and estrogen are severely impacted. This has a negative effect on some women, because the body has to get used to this change and these elevated levels will indubitably cause depression.
Though, hormonal imbalances are not always the cause and there may be others. This is a very new and exciting stage for women – one that calls for extreme change and should be revered to as a new adventure in life. In addition to the physical changes, many women find that their perceptions, goals and needs have changed. At this point, the body has communicated that having biological children is nearly impossible and that middle-age has been reached. These two big milestones can affect that of life views, ideas and even values. It is quite natural that menopause can cause unrest and result in mood swings or depression, but it doesn’t have to.
Menopausal Mood Swing Symptoms
Mood swings and depression vary from person to person – symptoms, causes and treatments are never the same. Most commonly, someone might experience:
- internal restlessness
Menopausal Mood Swing FAQ
Mood swings and depression share some commonality but are not the same. To distinguish between the two, you will want to ask yourself some questions:
Are menopausal depressive symptoms long-lasting?
Do I choose to be away from people most of the time and do not have a want to socialize?
Are the symptoms not alleviated by eliminating stress? When treated with yoga, controlled breathing or sauna? When consciously trying to overcome symptoms?
What helps against mood swings during menopause?
There are several ways to prevent mood swings naturally. It is especially helpful to take time for yourself. During your me-time, it is strongly advised to observe your mood and be honest with the way you are feeling to determine whether the mood swings are causing you more physical or psychological pain. This difference can determine the types of treatment; however, it is not always the case that mood swings are caused by only one. If you are uncertain or feel that both affect you, it would be helpful to try as many different treatments as you can to find the ones that for best for you. In doing so, it is important to isolate each remedy from the other so you can identify the ones that are working from the ones that are not.
What natural remedies can I use to alleviate menopausal mood swings?
I. Diet, Exercise & Socializing
To prevent mood swings, a healthy lifestyle is the best prevention. It’s easier for the body to develop well within wellness which is easiest to manage with a healthy diet, moderate exercise and social interactions. However, that does not mean that you can’t enjoy the opposite indulgences. Health does not have an exact and uniform formula – it changes and indulgences are important for the body as well. Take enjoyment in a cheat meal, take a vacation from exercise and bask in the wonderful sound of silence in a hot bath. Every woman can listen to what she wants at the moment and follow accordingly.
Trying new things, listening to new sounds or exposing yourself to new territory can stimulate the body and mind. Adventures or puzzles are important to train the brain and senses to be ready for something new altogether and remind yourself not to just get comfortable with the norm. One invigorating tip would be hiking in a high altitude because high CO2 will create new cells and stimulate your whole body in a positive way. All of these experiences can have an impressive effect on mood.
II. Herbs for menopause
When mood swings occur during menopause, many women reach for a natural and herbal remedy. Many herbs are gentle in their ability to help alleviate mood swings. Commonly sought out herbs are St. John’s wort, valerian or passion flower. Valerian and passionflower, within alchemist history, are known to have a calming effect on nervousness and restlessness, while St. John’s wort has a brightening effect on mood. Also, elecampane, taiga root and deadnettle are known as revival ingredients.
There are many natural herbs that can help balance mood swings. FEMNA Health takes the matter to heart and uses the power of herbs to achieve great well-being. When we use the word “boost,” we are referring to the uplifting of spirits. When we boost ourselves up, we strengthen, stimulate and lift ourselves to a better place or version of a place than before.
The FEMNA Health Back on Top Tea acts to support the boost and vitality of menopause. Alum, taiga root, dead nettle, hawthorn, rose, angelica root and red clover are herbs that have been used on this topic for centuries.
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