Mood changes are a normal part of life. When you’re feeling sad, irritable, or overwhelmed, it’s just a simple response to the current stressors. However, when your mood affects your life on a regular and ongoing basis, it is essential that you look more deeply at the cause of your mood swings.
Mood changes can be a symptom of your menstrual cycle. In fact, PMS can indicate an issue in your liver, which is the main organ for processing hormones. Women who have infertility issues often experience strong anger, sadness, and hopelessness, especially when they are using medications, or they’re going through procedures such as IVF and IUI. This is a sure way to heighten their emotions.
Also, women in their later 30s and early 40s can sometimes enter perimenopause, which can also trigger mood swings rapidly and unpredictably.
Natural way of regulating mood swings
If mood changes become troublesome and upsetting, there are several things that you can do to regulate your mood. Some suggestions include:
- Getting enough sunlight, especially in the morning
- Regular exercise
- Eating healthy and nutritious food
- Lessen your caffeine and sugar intake as much as possible
- Yoga and meditation
- Get enough sleep – at least 7 to 8 hours per day
What to do if lifestyle changes don’t help
If you have tried all the suggestions above, but you still don’t see changes in your mood, it might be beneficial to talk to your therapist or doctor about treatment options. Acupuncture could be the best and most effective option for you since it can help regulate your nervous system to calm your stress response.
A few acupuncture treatment sessions may lower your cortisol levels. Chronic stress and mood issues can lead to high cortisol, which can also affect progesterone and estrogen. Based on several studies, it has been suggested that women with high estrogen levels are more irritable, and in some cases, may feel sadness or engage in frequent crying.
Depending on the patterns of imbalance seen in your body, your practitioner may also recommend Chinese herbal formulas or nutritional adjustments, which can help bring your mood back into balance.
Overall, treating mood issues with acupuncture is a viable option to consider, especially if you have tried everything. Acupuncture is also known to have a beneficial effect on your menstrual cycle, which can help treat fertility issues and have a positive impact on your overall well-being.
No matter the cause of your mood changes, get in touch with Belinda Eisen, a licensed and experienced practitioner. She can help you find the best solution to managing any issues you may be experiencing.