Menopause and mood swings often go hand-in-hand. During Menopause, women frequently find that their emotions are out of control. One minute they are crying while watching a TV commercial; the next they are screaming at a family member over a wet towel on the floor.
If you are experiencing Menopause and mood swings, you can blame the emotional rollercoaster on your fluctuating hormone levels. Estrogen, progesterone and androgen production decreases during Menopause. These hormones not only play a role in your body's reproductive system, they also help control your levels of serotonin, the brain chemical that is responsible for mood. As your hormones fluctuate, so can your emotions – leading to the intense and unpredictable menopausal mood swings so many women have to deal with.
Coping with Menopausal Mood Swings Naturally
There are several natural ways to fight Menopause and mood swings.
Eat right – Complex carbohydrates found in beans, oatmeal, sourdough bread, whole grains, warm milk, yams, squash and peas can raise serotonin levels. Protein like that found in lean meats, low fat cheese, soy and certain fish, contains tryptophan which can assist serotonin production. Limit consumption of caffeine (a stimulant) and alcohol (a depressant).
Exercise – Exercise releases endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones that can improve mood. Exercise is also a natural stress reliever and can help you sleep better, which will leave you with more energy.
Have a set sleep/wake schedule – A good sleep helps keep serotonin levels steady throughout the day. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day and try to get between 7 and 8 1/2 hours of sleep each night.
Control stress – Stress exacerbates menopausal mood swings. Deep breathing, meditation and other techniques can help manage tension and nervousness.
Balance your body's hormones – Bring balance to your body with products designed especially for women in need of support during Perimenopause and Menopause. Natural women's health products from At Last Naturals can help provide Menopause and mood swing relief by promoting hormonal balance naturally, gently and safely.
- Our Wild Yam Cream and Wild Yam Extra Strength Gel are rich in diosgenin, a plant compound structurally similar to those found in the body, that can naturally help support women gently and effectively during times of imbalance.
Menopause and mood swings do not need to diminish your quality of life. Find your natural remedy At Last. If you have any questions call us at 1-800-LAST-123 (1-800-527-8123) or e-mail us for information on any of our products for women, digestive health, skin care, and men's grooming products.