During the menopause we experience many changes, and one of the biggest differences we notice are overwhelming mood swings. According to a recent survey 90% percent of women suffer with mood swings as they go through menopause. Women who experienced mood swings premenstrually, are likely to feel like they have PMS all the time as they approach menopause.
Mood swings can make us argumentative, depressed and anxious, and they can happen at the drop of a hat. For many, these changes are terrifying, even embarrassing, making us say things we later regret, damaging our relationships.
Despite the fact that menopause is a transition, it doesn’t mean this is how life has to be from here on. A lot of women struggle with mood swings during the menopause, but with the right information, come to understand the underlying causes and learn how to overcome the symptoms, making their good mood a constant.
That’s why my Weekly Wisdom this week focuses on how to conquer mood swings.
Refueling your nutrients
Studies show that between fifty to eighty percent of women have low levels of important nutrients, needed to keep their brain chemistry and hormones functioning normally. Magnesium, iron, essential fatty acids and vitamin D are some of the most common deficiencies. Knowing how to get your nutrients back into an optimum range is crucial for a smooth passage through menopause as optimum levels of these nutrients are vital for normal hormone function.
The problem is that most of us are never taught to recognise a nutritional deficiency. Mother Nature, in her wisdom, provides us with signs and symptoms, but without education, we can’t interpret these. Using my Nutritional Evaluation download you will be able to assess for deficiencies of all the important nutrients.
What to do?
Exercise releases endorphins, which make you feel good about yourself. So not only is working out good for your health, it’s also great for mental health as well. Put some music on and dance, stretch when you wake up, do any kind of movement that energises you. Secondly, make yourself a gratitude list – a place to note everything you are grateful for in your life. When you’re feeling down, take a look at that list to give yourself a confidence and morale boost.
Do something for yourself
During the menopause it’s important to look after yourself in more ways than just physically. Nurture yourself in whichever way makes you happy – watch a funny movie, go out for lunch with friends. Something that makes you feel good inside will boost your mood in leaps and bounds.
Communicate with the people around you so they understand what kind of transition you’re going through, and have faith in yourself that you will come out shining on the other side.
Amy came to me suffering from mood swings, depression and exhaustion. The symptoms suggested low levels of essential nutrients. She worked as a nurse so inevitably, over the years, many meals were replaced with something sweet or stodgy grabbed on the run and not eating enough of the right nutritious foods.
Amy hit menopause with a body so nutritionally deprived that it started to crumble.
When Amy contacted me a year ago, her husband was struggling to cope with her mood swings and she was the first to admit that she was hell to live with. Her depression, irritability and exhaustion suggested low levels of essential fatty acids and B vitamins.
She needed to change her diet to boost the amounts of isoflavone-rich foods, which contain naturally occurring oestrogen. These support and regulate her hormone levels, which were fluctuating due to menopause.
In the short-term, as is the case for most people, dietary improvements alone aren’t enough and I recommended that Amy take a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement.
Amy said ‘Six weeks into the programme I felt human again. I began to look and feel better, it was incredible to feel myself coming back to life. After continuing to follow Maryon’s instructions, three months later my brain feels sharp and focused again. Best of all I’ve got my energy and enthusiasm for life back — I no longer feel anxious and depressed and my relationship with my husband is back on track.’
If you would like more information and help on how to deal with menopausal symptoms, then come to one of my masterclasses. I’ve helped turn around the lives of thousands of women for more than 27 years, so visit my website for more information. Elsewhere on my site, you can find lots of additional support to help guide you while going through the menopause.