Menopause refers to the stoppage of a woman’s period which occurs naturally around the age of fifty. A woman is said to hit menopause when she sees a menstruation gap of at least twelve months before finally going dry. Menopause is a very hard time for a woman because it brings with itself a lot of physical changes.
Women going through menopause are likely to experience hot flashes along with a feeling of nausea. Women are also likely to feel fatigued during menopause. The worst of all these symptoms is however mood swings during that come with menopause. These mood swings can make menopause even worse as they are likely to develop into full blown depression if not dealt with. In this article, we are listing down some tips to deal with menopausal mood swings.
Not every woman who is going through menopause will experience mood swings. Some factors that can put a woman at risk for developing menopausal mood swings include a history of depressional history, poor health and higher levels of stress.
Even though not every woman goes through menopausal mood swings, every woman should take precautionary measures to avoid them once she hits menopause. While these tips are good to follow, we strongly recommend you consult with a gynecologist if the problem persists.
Since the body goes through a lot of physical changes during menopause, it takes some time before the body can adjust to all these changes and until then you are likely to feel drained out and fatigued. If you also keep eating unhealthy and fatty food during these days, you will feel even more tired and lazy, which is highly likely to put you in a bad mood. Healthy food especially greens are natural mood stabilizers and thus can be very helpful in avoiding menopausal mood swings.
Sleep is not only important to keep one fresh but it also plays a pivotal role in maintaining hormonal balance in the body. Hormonal imbalance is the only biological cause of mood swings. You should thus try to keep a healthy sleep schedule during your menopausal days. If you are unable to sleep due to hot flashes or insomnia which are common in menopause, you should get a sleeping pill prescription from a qualified doctor.
Stress is a source of fatigue because the exhaustion that the body faces as a result of the fight-or-flight response. During menopause, external stress can make menopausal symptoms worse and your mood is likely to shift poles very easily. You should thus indulge in relaxing activities such as listening to good music and reading a book as much as you can.
Most of the menopausal mood swings are a result of hormonal changes which the body has to go through in order to stop menstruating. Aerobic exercise can be very helpful in countering the psychological impacts of these hormonal changes. Fifty minutes of aerobic exercise can help menopausal women release enough endorphins to prevent their mood swings.
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