Mood swings are one of the most commonly experienced symptoms of the menopause with as many as 80% of women in our national surveys admitting to suffering.
Many women find that menopause is equivalent to sitting on an emotional pendulum; up one minute and down the next. Just as things seem to be going well and you are in good spirits, something happens, and your mood goes crashing to the ground again.
Mood swings affect every woman differently, although there are many consistencies in the symptoms. Most women experience unexplained moods which are continually changing, reactions far stronger than a particular situation merits, irritability and less tolerance or patience than normal.
You may find yourself weeping for no obvious reason, being unable to make up your mind about the smallest things, or panicky at the thought of taking on something that you would normally take in your stride. These are all common feelings and can be curbed by learning how to refuel at this life stage.
I know from the years of helping women with PMS, and from the research we undertook, that low levels of nutrients underly swings in our moods. When we are short of nutrients it affects our brain chemistry and we look at the world through different coloured lenses. When you learn how to get your nutrients back into an optimum range and balance your hormones naturally, you can expect mood swings to disappear.