Mood swings are characterized by a drastic change in emotion from one side of the spectrum to the other. If one moment someone is contentedly going about their daily tasks, and the next moment is suddenly upset, irritated or downright hostile, they may suffer from mood swings.
It is completely normal to experience the wide range of negative emotions like anger, irritability, tearfulness and sadness that affect us all from time to time. But when out of control mood swings start to affect our ability to function properly in jobs or personal relationships, they become an issue worth addressing.
Diagnosing mood swings involves a specialist taking account for your feelings throughout an average day. One way might be to chart your moods over the course of a week. If you experience erratic changes in your emotions or mood swings, it can help to see what set your mood swings off. This can often inform the method of treatment chosen to remedy them.
Tips to Deal with Mood Swings
Try to work out any emotional tension that you may be holding on to. So often we are totally unaware that something is actually worrying us until we sit down and confront the real reason that we keep blowing up over the little things. Try talking out some of these emotions with a trusted friend or licensed counselor.
When you feel a mood swing coming on, take a moment to pause. Try breathing deeply and focus on something in the present such as the sound of your breathing or the feeling of the wind on your skin. By focusing your attention on something sensory and in the moment you take your mind away from negative thoughts and feelings and you can more easily let this negativity go.
If you feel overpowered during a mood swing and tend to lose all rationality, sit down after the “storm has passed” and really think about what happened. Examine the event that changed your mood in relation to your reaction and come up with alternate and more positive ways of reacting to the same situation. Explore the thoughts that went through your mind and come up with more rational thoughts. The point of this exercise is not to spend hours beating yourself up over what you did and what you should have done – the point is to slowly change your habitual thoughts and reactions that lead to negative outcomes and come up with healthy alternatives!
Adapt your life-style to incorporate plenty of sleep, a healthy balanced diet, exercise and relaxation time. Find ways of managing your stress levels and find healthier ways to vent your frustrations – such as writing, jogging or joining a kick-boxing class.
Eat regular meals and try to eat slow energy releasing foods such as whole grain breads, beans & legumes, brown rice, and oats. Avoid fast-release carbohydrates or highly refined foods, excessive sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
Natural Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies
There are a number of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies that have been shown to optimize nervous system health and promote balanced mood and peacefulness. Certain biochemic tissue salts such as Natrium sulphate, Kalium phosphate and Natrium phosphate, are commonly used to support the nervous system, lift mood and reduce anxiety.[ Mindsoothe Herbal Formula ]
Tissues salts make a useful non-prescription alternative that can be safely used by children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Herbal ingredients such as St. John's Wort and Passiflora have also proven to be highly effective in lifting negative mood and reducing depression and anxiety.
There are also a number of natural remedies that may help treat the underlying cause of the mood swings. Ask your local homeopath or reputable herbal supplier for advice.