Mood swings may seem something very petty, but they are more serious than that, especially when they start affecting our social interaction or work. There are certain people who tend to think that mood swings are external but this is not true, because mood swings have their own clinical basis.
Before talking about how to cope up with mood swings, let us explore the causes. Hormones are a major cause, so if it’s temporary for you, just handle those phases with care, but if it is persistent, take a doctor’s help.
Another reason may be stress. So, you have to find ways in order to relieve your stress. Again, irregular sleeping patterns may also lead to mood swings, so you must take care of the quality of sleep and the sleep timings. Also, excessive alcohol or caffeine intake may be a cause.
Now that you have some of the most common causes of mood swings, here are some ways to deal with this problem.
Get good amount of sleep
If you are in serious need to control mood swings, just forget everything and sleep. Sleep in the best way to do away with crankiness, and as Dalai Lama rightly puts it, ‘sleep is the best meditation’.
Eat healthy and eat regularly
How do you feel when you are hungry? I do not need to tell you the answer, right? Right now, I would like to talk about the type of food you eat. There are some foods that cause depression, such as fatty food, processed food, food containing large quantities of sugar, and so on. Since the food we eat has a considerable effect on our mental condition, it is very important to take care of what we are eating, in order to manage mood swings.
It is needless to say that you must limit your consumption of caffeine and alcohol. For me, it was immensely difficult since I was madly in love with coffee, and could not even think of beginning my morning activities without sipping on a cup of coffee. But gradually, when I started having mood swings, my physician told me to cut short on coffee. It was like taking half of my heart away from me. But I have compromised a lot. Previously 6 to 7 cups of coffee was normal for me, but now I have brought it down to just 1 to 2 cups (a drastic compromise indeed!). Alcohol was not an issue for me as I am a non-alcoholic person, but for those who have a penchant for alcohol, I would advise them to remain within limits.
Water can bring down the chances of any disease, leave aside mood swings. I am sure you have been advised by many to drink lots of water. Do not ignore the advice, but actually help yourself to lots of water daily. After you get up in the morning, the first thing that you should have is water (and not tea, coffee or any other beverage!). Always keep a bottle of water handy near you, so that you can always drink water randomly, which will fulfill your water requirement.
Like drinking water, this is also a very common piece of advice, which is again commonly ignored. Exercising helps both the mind and the body. The most important thing about exercising is to search for those particular activities which you enjoy doing, so that when you are exercising, you will not feel like being pushed to do a difficult and seemingly impossible task. For instance, if you enjoy being in the company of nature, you may opt for cycling, hiking, bike riding, or simply walking. Remember that exercising does not mean that you will always have to do serious workout. You may also go for swimming, if you enjoy it.
Consult a doctor
If your mood swing has become a persistent issue, I would suggest that you consult a doctor. Are you one of those who are against seeing a doctor for such issues? Then think again. When you have mood swings you do feel helpless, so when you are facing such things, it is much better to see a doctor than to experience continual helplessness, which ultimately causes a lot of other associated damages. So, take help because it is needed, and you cannot hide this fact from yourself.