It happens to the best of us, one minute you’re up and the next you are way, way down. Mood swings can seem to come out of nowhere, but these quick changes in your mental state are not random! In order to take control of your mood and prevent swings from happening, you have to first know the causes behind the phenomena.
First up is the obvious culprit: hormones. As women, we have tons of hormones pumping through our bodies all day long. Sometimes, shifts in hormone levels can change your attitude instantly, and without warning (just ask your husband). According to Dr. Ramani Durvasula, licensed clinical psychologist and author of, “You Are WHY You Eat”, these changes occur especially around menstruation cycles, pregnancy and menopause.
According to Ramani, having too much on your plate can also be the cause of your mood swings. She added that finding some calm in your day is critical to maintaining a healthy and balanced life, and lack of it can send you into an emotional downward spiral. While it can be hard to completely rid your life of stress, you should try to reduce the stress in your life so that you can be your happiest you.
Food Mood Expert, Certified Nutritionist and author of, “The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution- How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood and End Cravings,” Trudy Scott, believes that your diet may also be affecting your mood. According to Scott, there are a variety of foods you may be eating that are causing your mood swings. Blood sugar swings or low blood sugar, can make even the happiest of people cranky.
Scott said that cutting back on sugar can reduce these drastic swings, leading to an overall healthier lifestyle. She added that another way to maintain a stable blood sugar level is to eat a protein packed breakfast every morning. Caffeine is also known to increase anxiety levels, so try to skip coffee and soda as often as you can. There are many foods you can eat to help improve your mood, so it isn’t hard to eat your way to a happier state of mind. Click here to try our Chicken and Vegetable Frittata for a fast and delicious protein-packed breakfast option!
While there are many foods that are bad for everyone’s mood and health, you may be able to tailor a diet specifically for your happiness. If you suspect that the foods you are eating are negatively effecting your mood, Trudy suggests a trial period of time without the ingredient(s) in question.
If you lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle and still have drastic mood swings, there may be a deeper issue. Ramani suggests that mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and even depression can all be causes of mood swings.
Even though some mild mood changes are an everyday part of life, it is helpful to be knowledgeable about their causes and ways to prevent them. With a little careful planning and some minor lifestyle adjustments, you will be on your way to a stable and happy mood before you know it!.