Do you find yourself getting upset with yourself for being bad tempered with an uncontrollable mood swing? Our emotions often create mood swings in us and learning about our hormones and body responses to stress can be useful. However, often it’s not our mood swings but rather its factors within our control that have created the moodiness in us and which we can learn to control. Learning to identify them and reverse their effects on our psyche can help us become happier and more controlled in our interactions with others at work and at home.
- If we don’t get enough sleep, we will become moody. Every adult should ideally have between 6 and 8 hours of sleep each night. Most people need at least 7 hours sleep, yet usually we find the time we have available for sleeping is getting less as our lives become busier. Increasing the amount of sleep we have, will help us control our mood swings.
- Check your diet. Ensure you are eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of vegetables and fruit, grains and nuts, protein sources and carbohydrates. Cortisol, a steroidal hormone is produced when we are thirsty or hungry and this hormone reduces the immune system and increases our feeling of stress. It is easily reduced by eating and drinking and accounts for the feeling of well being many obese emotional eaters feel when they eat.
- Engage in a whole brain activity, such as a sport or other fitness activity to improve your feeling of well being and reduce your stress levels. These activities have been shown to improve emotions, logic and ability to learn. This explains why women attending a gym regularly describe feelings of euphoria at the end of their work out session. This also help manage their mood swing.
- Too much television and computer time can affect your moods.
The addictive nature of television and computers can create tension and anxiety when they need to be turned off or is interrupted, regardless if how important the reason.
- You yourself can be the cause of your mood swing.
Author Jeff Conley once said “we must take a check up from the neck up” When we are feeling stressed or upset, we should try to minimize the damage by tuning up ourselves and our families and seeking to create a harmonious home for our families.