Tiding over mood swings

Tiding over mood swings

There are various factors that may lead to hyper tension, stress and even mood swings. They can be caused by one’s family, fri­e­nds and colleagues who have been driving one nuts, and one feels as if one is losing one’s mind. These can be just some of the various reasons for why one suffers from mood swings.

Mood swings have the unusual ability to make one feel totally out of control and hyper-sensitive to every feeling, touch, look and word. Symptoms of mood swings include irritability, depression, fati­g­ue and insomnia.

Explaining the problems pertaining to mood swings, psychiatrist Minakshi Manchanda shares symptoms that can lead to such disorder. “Mood swing is the result of chemical imbalance in the brain which leads to irritati­on, short-temperedness etc.”

They are caused by a che­m­ical imbalance of estrogen and progesterone levels in the brain and disrupt the ability to think clearly, process information and react to stress.

New studies about the causes of mood swings has led to more natural therapies centered on diet and exercises. Adds Minakshi, “One should undertake physical activities like joining a gym or going for brisk walks.

“It helps in reducing the imbalance and aids one in feeling well throughout the day. Walking also releases stress and provides you with some ‘me’ time in peaceful settings. So the environment can affect someone’s mood positively. If you have an unhappy family and cranky kids, this too is bound to reflect on your work.”

How can one avoid mood swings? “One should stay away from things that can hampers mood or brings on negative feelings. For instance, if married women have issues with in-laws, they should practice learning how to ignore their comments.

Youngsters, should decide what is good for them and not always play a blame game with nagging parents for different issues.”

Though it may seem far-fetched it is true that foods too, can cause mood swings, which in turn can cause one to overeat. A diet rich in complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and legumes, peas, beans, peanuts and lentils help eliminate mood swings by raising serotonin.

Vegetables like broccoli, carrots, spinach, pumpkin, sprouts and cauliflower also help ward off the swings. Tomatoes, whether cooked or raw, are also another great choice.

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