As someone who struggles with hormonal mood swings, I know all too well the impact they can have on wellbeing and daily routine.
Sometimes the simplest task is clouded over by my irritability, mood swings and frustration, while I struggle to think straight or make a decision.
The more I observed my monthly cycle, the more I learned to respect it, and notice when my hormonal imbalance was taking over. That’s when I started to realise, I’m not crazy and everything doesn’t suck, it’s just how my body is acting and affecting my mental clarity.
I sometimes feel like I’m overreacting, like why is this bothering me so much at this time of the month? Any other time of the month, that same thing doesn’t normally bother me that much.
This is when I know my time of the month is approaching, and I learn to be more gentle with myself and acknowledge that I’m not going crazy. It’s just my hormones taking charge over my rational thinking, and I need to chill out and let myself be.
Learning my cycle has been the best solution for my hormonal mood swings. I used the Natural Cycles app to start with, so I could see exactly when on the calendar month I was. For example, the week before my period is due, I know I’m going to be irritable, prickly and probably over-emotional, eating dark chocolate and crying at adverts.
I also know that I’m going to be tired and going to need lots of rest that week, so I tend to let go of any hard expectations or deadlines I might set myself, and be a bit more chilled about how much I’m getting done. It’s good to have that break.
I also know that the week after my period, is normally my most productive time and I feel absolutely unstoppable. So any work I may have missed out on leading up to my period and during, I’ll make up for afterward.
It’s all about balance, learning your cycle and not comparing yourself to other women who are getting stuff done, while you’re not. Every woman, every body and every cycle is and looks different.
PMS affects women in different ways, remember that.
For better context, hormones are chemical particles produced by endocrine organs/glands in your body or the endocrine system. Each hormone is responsible for playing a different part in our body and is significant for our nervous system as well.
A hormonal imbalance is either too much or too little of a certain hormone, which can throw off the natural system and cause us to suffer from minor side effects, like mood swings, weight gain, loss/increase of libido, painful periods etc.
Hormonal imbalance can be a cause of different things:
These are the main causes and most common, although there may also be underlying factors/conditions that can affect your hormonal imbalance and mood swings.
Yes they absolutely do. Estrogen and progesterone are the two main hormones that fluctuate in levels going up and down with every cycle and thus causing irregularities in mood swings. That means that the mood from happy can instantly change to feeling angry, irritable or emotional. Hormones are almost in charge of how we feel and react sometimes, which is probably why women are perceived as the more emotional gender as we tend to lead decisions with feelings rather than our head.
If men had as many hormones as we do, taking over their minds and bodies, we’d be living in a different world, that’s for sure.
There are however other hormones that can also affect mood swings and changes in energy levels, sex drive, varying depending on the age, menopause, pre-perimenopausal, pregnancy etc.
Hormonal mood swings before the period are known as PMS – Pre-Menstrual Syndrome. 1-2 weeks before the period, hormone levels are known to fluctuate, which causes unpredictable changes in the mood.
It can leave us feeling fine one minute, and the next sobbing uncontrollably or wanting to punch a piece of furniture…
The 2 main hormones that go up and down, are estrogen and progesterone which also affect our serotonin levels. Serotonin is responsible for our happiness, hence why sometimes leading up to the period, we can feel a little more depressed.
From experience, a week to a few days before my period, I have a lot of cleansing thoughts. What I mean by that is that, I have realisations of what’s working for me, what isn’t, what I need to change, what bothers me and what’s really important to me.
This allows me to make changes in line with my own beliefs and my gut instinct.
The best remedies for hormonal mood swings are:
These are natural remedies that can help without causing any side effects which many pills or chemical medications can cause.
You can also try natural supplements, Garden of Life offer plenty that are full of nutritional and natural ingredients so you can be sure that no weird stuff you can’t pronounce is entering your body.
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Their supplements and vitamins support a natural order and functioning of our bodies, reducing tiredness/fatigue, helping with better digestion and sleep. With a different supplement for each time of the day, you can test how you feel after 10 days, using their trial pack.
There are certain medical procedures you can go through or medication you can take to help ease your mood changes caused by hormones. One of the recommendations is taking the contraceptive pill to level out hormones.
Speaking from personal experience however, and being on the pill before, I would never take it again for any reason.
I suffered from agonising period pains and it took my body ages to get back to its natural cycle.
I try to think of our bodies and our world as natural, if we mess with the natural order of things, it can have a domino effect and cause issues elsewhere, whether that’s our body or our climate.
In my humble opinion (and you’re welcome to share your own thoughts down below in the comments), the way you were made, your natural body, hormones and everything that comes with it, is how you were born into this world. Which was a miracle in itself.
I always thought that messing with your body’s nature seems a bit, well – unnatural and artificial. Of course, there are medical procedures that some absolutely have to go through to survive or be able to function.
With minor issues like hormonal imbalance and the ability to change the effects through simple routines like diet changes or exercise, it’s a much-preferred option and with less risks involved.
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