For some of us, the emotionally bumpy ride that is menopause comes complete with mood swings that have you blubbering one minute, pissed off over dishes left in the sink (again!) the next, and having a full-blown panic attack over thoughts you were once able to manage more easily.
Is this normal?
Completely. Your estrogen levels are fluctuating wildly. Think of it as puberty in reverse. So if you’re feeling blue, panicked or unstable of late, know that you’re not alone.
What can you do?
Eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep, and practicing mindfulness and stress management can all help. As with many symptoms related to menopause, balancing your hormones is key to regaining your emotional stability.
Head over to our product page to see what your options are. A menopause-trained physician will review your choices and let you know your best options. And stay tuned for more offerings to help with mood, coming soon from Alloy.View Products
What are menopausal mood swings?
You’ve been told that menopause can be emotionally challenging. You’ve probably heard the phrase “roller coaster” used on more than one occasion. But no matter how much you’ve read or heard about it, when you actually start experiencing mood swings, you probably aren’t ready for them.
Mood swings are, as their name suggests, rapid changes in your mood. Picture this: You’re feeling totally fine, going about your day. Everything is great. You walk by the laundry machines, and you see a huge basket of unfolded laundry, which your partner was supposed to handle. You know you should just remind the guilty party that it’s their turn (again). But you totally lose it. Sound familiar? Mood swing. You may have experienced mood swings before throughout your life, and they’re actually a pretty common symptom of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). But, this time you’re not PMS-ing. It’s menopause.
What causes these mood swings?
Your hormone levels are fluctuating wildly–picture puberty in reverse. You may feel sad, irritable, unmotivated, angry, anxious, or panicked.
I can’t be the only one feeling this way. Right?
Correct, you’re not. Mood swings are a common symptom of menopause, and 75% of women going through it will experience them.
What can I do about menopausal mood swings?
There are remedies to combat mood swings. Here are some of our favorites:
- Eat a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables
- Exercise regularly. The type of exercise isn’t important. The best type of exercise is the one you’ll do!
- Avoid excess alcohol
- Spend quality time with family and friends
- Practice mindfulness, meditation, and/or yoga
When that’s not enough, seeking therapy is another great option. Therapists are professionals at this stuff, and they can help you navigate the challenges you’re facing. Additionally, as with many other symptoms of menopause, balancing your hormones with Menopausal Hormone Treatment can be another helpful option. Check out Alloy's hormonal solutions on our product page.