Ways to Handle Mood Swings

Mood swings are sudden changes in emotional state. An individual mood can change suddenly from being happy to being sad, being jovial to miserable and being polite to being disrespectful. Mood swing may occur due to environment or serious health issues. It can occur as a result of physical and mental state of a person.

Causes of Mood Swings

Many factors can be responsible for mood swings. General factors are lifestyle and health conditions in male and female. For females, premenstrual syndrome, pregnancy and menopause.


Our lifestyle is one of the factor that plays an important role in this aspect. Anyone can have a sudden change of mood if so many things are going on in their lives such as relocating to another environment, getting a new job, settling down, feeling stressed, not eating well, experiencing unfortunate circumstances in life and so on. All these can make an individual have a change in mood swing. We need to be self-conscious of anything going on in our lives and be ready to face it, not run away from reality.

Health Conditions

Another factor that can cause mood swings is our health conditions. Health conditions can be divided into physical and mental health conditions. For physical conditions, chronic illness can have an effect on an individual mood. Examples of such Illnesses are stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease and other illness contribute to sudden change in mood. Mental health conditions also make a person mood change due to some mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia disorder and others. These mental health disorders can cause an individual mood to switch to another.

Premenstrual Syndrome for (Ladies/Women)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) occurs in ladies/women one to two weeks before a period. Mood swing can shift due to this because premenstrual syndrome cause changes in appetite, fatigue and so on. At that stage of PMS certain changes occur leading to mood swings.

Pregnancy and menopause stage for (women)

Pregnant women can experience mood swings due to hormonal changes during that period. Also in menopause stage, as levels of estrogens fall women experience several symptoms including changes in mood, insomnia and low sex drive.

Finally what are the ways to handle mood swings?

• Know your health status, it is very important.

• Meditate daily, it is helpful. Do it anytime to notice the mood swing. Go somewhere quiet and do the needful.

• Maintain good health (eat well, sleep well and get regular exercise)

• Get help from medical practitioners when your mood become difficult to deal with.

• Seek for social support from friends and family.

• Don’t be scared to speak out

• Have self control, at times it may be difficult to control ourselves from doing awful.

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