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How to overcome emotional instability?!

One of my doctors said to me: “Do you know when menopause begins? When you get irritated by the way your husband eats”.

How to overcome emotional instability

This is true: from some age we get irritated by anything. We may cry all of a sudden, or be happy or nervous. Emotional instability and depression are our “friends” on our way to menopause.

Here is a short explanation – emotional instability is caused by hormone fluctuations that occur in the period of the decrease of the oestrogen levels. It’s a temporary condition. If you have a teenage girl around, you will notice the same phenomenon of emotional instability – she also has hormonal fluctuations, but they are rising, while during menopause hormonal fluctuations are decreasing.

Oestrogens influence the activity of serotonin, which is responsible for our mood. Plus, there are other neuro-psychiatric disorders related to age: memory worsening, anxiety, bouts of crying, reduced energy etc.

- Accept your age. You don’t have to permanently examine yourself in the mirror, to see if you don’t have new wrinkles or dark circles under the eyes etc. Don’t set an unattainable goal — to turn the years back; live now and enjoy your life.

- Acknowledge that you’re irritated. When you are in a bad mood, be aware of this fact, without seeking the culprit. Yes, now I am irritated because of my hormonal transition and not because others around me.

- Think positive! Meet interesting people. Find a purpose in life. Set a definite rhythm of the day: eat at a certain hour; go to sleep and wake up at the same hours. Train your brain permanently: learn poetry, solve crosswords, count in mind – all of these exercises will be very beneficial to your memory and ability to concentrate, thus delaying the emotional instability. Do whatever you like. Now more than ever it is important to get yourself spoiled with pleasant things and events.

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- Exercise. In addition to the many benefits for muscles, bones and body weight, exercising increases the level of serotonin – the substance for good mood.

- Use anti-stress techniques – aromatherapy with bergamot or other citrus oils, a relaxing massage, yoga, meditation, all of which will enhance your nervous system.

- Consume foods for a good mood such as: products rich in magnesium (tryptophan, spinach, almonds, bananas, turkey meat, and oatmeal). Drink calming herbal teas (Chamomile, Melissa, mint).

Go to see a gynaecologist or neurologist. There are situations when depressed condition cannot be controlled with all the methods noted above.

Remember, the condition of emotional instability is temporary. Keep on loving and spoiling yourself!

These recommendations have been kindly provided by Elena Armaşu ( Crizanteme)

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