Are you suffering from mood swings or a low mood? Changes to your mood are common during menopause, due to the shift in oestrogen levels. This can make you feel like you’re in a constant state of PMS. If this common symptom is bothering you, read on for tips on how to deal with it naturally.
According to one study, adding a fifty-minute aerobic exercise four times a week could help minimise your low mood. Examples of aerobic exercises include running, walking, cycling, swimming etc. Try mixing up your exercises and training with a partner, friend, or your family to keep it interesting and fun.
A healthy diet helps most menopause symptoms, but a diet rich in Omega-3 is great for anyone suffering from depression and other mood disorders. Omega-3 can be found in fish such as mackerel and salmon, but if you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, try chia seeds, walnuts and soya beans. If you’re concerned you aren’t getting enough Omega-3 in your diet, try a supplement such as Bioglan Red Krill Oil and Bioglan Super Fish Oil
Adding more self-care practices into your daily routine is a great way to boost your mood. For some it’s as simple as reading or taking a long bath. Relaxing exercises such as yoga, pilates and tai chi may be beneficial or try adding a daily ten-minute meditation into your morning or evening routine.
Reaching out to friends and family is a great way to improve a low mood. However, if your mood swings are holding you back from your usual activities make an appointment with your GP. They may be able to refer you to NHS CBT sessions, or recommend self-help options like online CBT courses. CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a talking therapy designed to help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. If CBT isn’t right for you, your GP will be able to talk through other options with you.