During menopause women often experience mood swings because of their unbalanced hormones, which can have you laughing one minute and crying the next, and these moods can be compounded by other menopausal symptoms such as disturbed sleep due to night sweats, fatigue and weight gain.
Midlife is also a time when there can be other stressful life events going on, such as problems with relationships, work pressure or issues with children, especially if they have reached puberty and have their own hormonal issues.
Mood swings happens to most women, so you’re not alone. Sometimes just knowing why you are feeling like you do can be a relief. You can’t stop the menopause from happening, so it’s better to try and work with it rather than against it.
Take a look at your diet as this may be contributing towards your mood swings. Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates and eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fish and fruit. Exercise helps to release serotonin, the ‘feel-good’ hormone. You should be doing some form of exercise every day, for least 20 minutes.
Most importantly, don’t be too hard on yourself; take the time to indulge in things you enjoy and treat yourself at least once a week.
The menopause can be a very emotional journey, the more you understand it the more you will be in control of it.