Is it possible not to have mood swings? Find out!
Everyone, at some point in their lives, has had what we popularly refer to as mood swings. A mood swing is a sudden change in a person’s mood. Have you ever felt happy and almost immediately had an unexplainable switch to a more solemn, dull or irritable mood for no serious reason?
Sometimes, people become withdrawn and the funniest of jokes may not be able to make them genuinely smile. Don’t fret, it is normal, even healthy, to have regular mood swings from time to time. This is because you obviously cannot be happy 24 hours a day. But the question is, how often should mood swings occur and when does it become a problem?
Before delving into when mood swings become a problem, let’s try to decipher what triggers mood swings in us because everyone experiences this.
1. Menstrual Cycle
For women, almost everything in our bodies can cause mood swings. At least 90% of women experience mood swings days before their monthly menstrual flow. Some women also experience mood swings during their menstrual flow. They often become easily irritable during this period, as well as during ovulation. Some women experience pains which result in mood swings.
This goes without saying. But for the sake of those who might not know; pregnancy causes major mood swings in a woman because a human grows inside her. Sometimes, too, the people around the pregnant woman may experience mood swings as a result of sleep deprivation.
3. Lack of Sleep
You must have noticed that you sometimes get cranky or easily irritated when you do not get enough sleep. This does not always have to be the 7-8 hours of sleep. Some people are accustomed to sleeping less than this globally stipulated time, but when they find themselves not sleeping enough, it might affect their mood and, sometimes, level of productivity for that day. Some others have mood swings when they oversleep because they feel they have wasted hours of their lives sleeping away without achieving results.
4. Lack of Money
The common and relatable reason for mood swings is being broke. Imagine waking up to less than 5000 naira in your account with so much bills piling up. This instantly leads to having mood swings. Little things you would normally overlook become a big deal. You either flare up at intervals or become extremely quiet and withdrawn.
Overcoming Mood Swings
Truth is, we’re all humans with fleeting emotions, and mood swings are almost inevitable. But we can manage the way we deal with it and the way we choose to respond to people around us. See ways to overcome mood swings below.
1. Take a Break
You can simply explain to the people around you that you currently do not want to be reached at that point in time.
2. Emotional Control
Some people tend to lash out at others and transfer aggression during these times. But you also have to take into cognizance the feelings of others and try to control your emotions because you are having a mood swing.
You might want to talk to someone you feel comfortable with or write down the things you feel at that time.
You do not have to be perfect or have everything figured out, but you can always strive to deal with issues better than the last time. This signifies growth.