Mood Swings & Perimenopause -The 3 Things You Want to Avoid

Mood Swings & Perimenopause -The 3 Things You Want to Avoid

Mood swings, stress, and anxiety can become
a major issue during perimenopause. Stick around to find out exactly what you
can do to manage this and get relief naturally. Hi, I’m Dana LaVoie, Acupuncturist, Herbalist,
and founder of Menopause Basics. For 15 years I’ve been helping women use natural
remedies to balance hormones so they can have an easy menopause and feel great afterwards. Before we jump right into today’s video I
want to ask you a question. Have any of you hit perimenopause and been
taken over by crazy mood swings to the point where you didn’t even recognize yourself? It can happen all the time or it can happen
during perimenopausal PMS only, but it can be extreme. I know some hands are going up out there because
unfortunately this is very common. We’ll today we’re going to talk about why
this happens to some women and what you can do about it. At the end of today’s video I’m going to invite
you to sign up for a free copy of my Menopausal Woman’s Roadmap so you can learn five really
easy to follow steps that will help you balance hormones and get relief from perimenopausal
symptoms. I’ll give you more details in a minute, but
for now let’s get started. I’ve been working with women in menopause
for about 15 years, and I’ve noticed that so many women think their severe mood swings
during perimenopause are normal and that they just have to endure it. Or they get hit with it and they don’t even
know that it’s being caused by perimenopause and they just think that they’re going crazy. Neither of these is a good feeling at all. So what causes the perimenopausal mood changes
and what can you do about it? During perimenopause, your hormone levels
start to drop and there is a tendency for progesterone to drop first. If progesterone starts out already low or
it drops too low, too fast, that low progesterone and the estrogen still being higher, so the
low progesterone and the imbalance between the estrogen and progesterone, is what often
causes those severe mood symptoms. What you want to do before or during perimenopause
is start taking care of yourself. When you were 16, you could drink soda all
day and stay up all night and feel fine the next day. Well there comes a point where that is not
the case anymore, so you want to stop burning the candle at both ends. You want to make it a priority to get enough
sleep, make sure you find time to eat good food and drink enough water every day. It’s time to stop skipping meals and eating
nothing but crap. You want to start managing your stress levels. Start with three minutes a day of a stress
management practice but make it a regular thing. The reason this one is so important is because
as progesterone drops, you’re likely to be more sensitive to stress. Progesterone is like the fuzzy cushioning
on your nerve endings protecting you from feeling stress so fully. Now it’s not there anymore, so you’ve got
to do a little more to counteract that. Stress is going to feel more intense, so you
need to work a little harder at relaxing and bringing those stress hormone levels back
down. Deep breathing or anything else that relaxes
you is going to keep those stress levels from spiraling upwards. And, those are a great foundation, but the
most important thing that you want to do is give your body ample amounts of all the building
blocks that it needs to make more progesterone, to bring those progesterone levels back up
as much as you can. You want to do this by including the right
foods and superfoods in your diet every day. The right foods get you the macro building
blocks, like healthy fats and lots of fruits and vegetables. Then, when you want to include superfoods,
you want to include ones specifically for building hormones. One of my favorites is fresh ground flax seeds. Grab a copy of my free Menopausal Woman’s
Roadmap to download the five most important things to include in your diet every day and
just have to do it to be able to help your body make more progesterone and keep those
progesterone levels as high as possible. It’s a free download that will give you five
easy to follow steps on the most important things to eat every day, and it will show
you the top three mistakes that women tend to make when trying to balance their hormones,
and how to fix them. To recap, to help manage and decrease mood
swings, stress, and anxiety during perimenopause, you want to help your body keep progesterone
levels high and balance hormones naturally. The best way to do that is, number one, stop
burning the candle at both ends. Find time for enough sleep and good food. Number two, practice stress management just
a little bit, but do it regularly. Number three, get the right hormonal building
blocks in your diet every day. That is the number one key to getting relief. Start with ample healthy fats, lots of fruit
and vegetables and menopause-specific superfoods. I’m also the host of a Facebook group. I’ll leave a link to it in the comments below. It’s called Menopause Basics. You can join instantly using that link. Inside the group is where all of the best
discussions happen about these videos. If you have questions or want to continue
this conversation, I’ll see you there. I’m Dana LaVoie, and acupuncturist, herbalist,
and founder of Menopause Basics. Thank you so much for watching today. I’ll see you next time. Oh, and please go ahead and hit share on this
video to share this great information with sisters, friends, family members, or coworkers
you know who could use some relief from perimenopausal stress.

Comments (1)

  1. I think I already went crazy, lol. I'm trying, but it seems like a battle every day.

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