When you’re growing up and transitioning through life, have hormones whizzing around your body, feeling pressure at work, tension in a relationship, PMS, etc etc, its quite normal to have the odd mood swing. Feeling sad, angry or frustrated one day can be quite normal and is often situational, related to something that has happened recently to trigger that emotion. Everyone has their ups and downs but when you’re experiencing more downs than ups or your emotions aren’t on a level playing field then it can be a warning sign for underlying issues. Mental health is so complex and it is as important to be in tune with your mind as it is with your body, listen to it and know when to get help. Look at those closest to you; do you need to reach out to them for support or to support them? We can all be going through something that no-one else knows about and it always astounds me how we would see a doctor with a broken arm without waiting for every bone in our body to break yet when our mental health is concerned, we often leave things until we’re at absolute breaking point.
Everybody gets frustrated and angry sometimes and that can be fine, they’re emotions we all have, as long as you know how to deal with that anger properly and don’t direct it at the people around you. But if you find that you’re having regular mood swings and becoming increasingly angry or frustrated about small things, it can become more of an issue. If you’re in an angry mood all of the time it can put a strain on your relationships with other people around you and lead to a lot of unhappiness. If you’re experiencing frequent mood swings and excessive anger, it could be a sign that you need to seek help in order to be able to manage it.
TALK ABOUT WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND
Theres a lot that can be said for talking. It seems so easy to some but to others the thought of talking about what is on their mind can be crippling. However it can be incredibly beneficial. That ago old saying of a problem shared is a problem halved might not be completely true but often if you’re carrying emotion around on your shoulders, speaking to someone able what is troubling you can feel like a weight has been lifted. It can also help you to identify what it is that is making you feel sad, angry or frustrated.
A lot of negative feelings come out as anger because you’ve been bottling them up for so long. People are often reluctant to talk to people around them about their problems but it’s the best way to stop them from getting on top of you and if you don’t feel as though you can speak to a friend or family member then there are so many great mental health charities out there with free helplines to help you, as well as your doctor. If there are things that you’re worried about or you’ve recently been through a difficult time, you really should speak to somebody about it; don’t keep it to yourself as those negative feelings can come out as mood swings, anger and frustration or cause deeper mental health issues. In this post, I have listed various mental health charities that could be of help to you.
REDUCE YOUR STRESS LEVELS
Stress can be a big trigger for mood swings so it’s important that you manage it well. This is something that I really struggle with and have often spoke about when it all gets too much. If you’re someone who feels overwhelmed and as though life is getting on top of you then please read this post as it might help you.
Stress at work is a big problem for a lot of people and while there are somethings that you can’t control, sometimes stress at work can stem from not having enough down time and a work-life balance. People are always taking their work home with them these days because they’re answering emails, checking social media, finishing paperwork, marking papers etc, so they’re not really getting a proper break. If you don’t give yourself any time off, you can end up feeling more stressed or down or you can end up having more mood swings.
Some research suggests that food can help to manage some mild mood swings naturally and that it can be another great way to reduce stress. Your body needs vitamins and nutrients and if you’re not getting enough of your macro and micro nutrients, it struggles to create stress relieving hormones to help you relax and it can also mean that you have low energy. Make sure that you’re consuming enough Vitamins B and C and magnesium and zinc in particular. All of those vitamins and nutrients can be found in fruit and vegetables which is another reason as to why their consumption is so important.
GET PROFESSIONAL HELP
Whatever you are struggling with, the best course of action is often to get professional help. There are so many services out there once you have the courage to speak up. For example, if you think that you might have a particular problem with anger then you could see a professional face to face who will be able to help you get to the root cause of the problem and give you advice on how to effectively manage those feelings of anger that could be affecting your mood, when they arise. There should be someone in your local area who can help so check with your GP but if not, you can speak to someone over the phone or perhaps online anger management courses might be beneficial to you instead or in the interim. Online courses might be a good option for those who are feeling apprehensive about meeting somebody face to face for some help and can often help to give the person more confidence to see someone in person too.
The important thing is that if you need help for whatever reason, you reach out. There are so many people out there to help and you should never feel alone.
SHOP THE POST
Do you have experience of this? How do you manage your feelings?
You’re definitely right about talking, a lot of people don’t like to share their worries but I think it’s so important to be able to let things out and vent if you need to x
Very informative here! Love this post! I usually isolate myself until I’m calm or I’ll distract myself. I have started trying to talk to others and get help for my own sake. My mental health does sometimes cause some serious mood swings… and yeah, I’ve been unbareable to be around.
I have learnt over time that it is important to communicate to those closest to you.
It is so important to talk about what is on your mind; getting it out there can really help you.
Very informative post and helpful advice to those that may be struggling, especially with the winter blues setting in.
It’s great to see so many bloggers sharing about mental health, I have a few posts of my own planned and seeing others contributions is helping me to have the confidence to share them.