5 Tips to Help Control Mood Swings


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It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining, you’re headed to the beach, and you don’t have to work all weekend. The world is your oyster and nothing could bring you down. And then, out of the blue, you win the lottery of negative emotions. Hopelessness clouds your sky like an unexpected torrential rain storm. Mood swings are painful and they can come out of nowhere, as if their only goal is to ruin your day.

The main cause of mood swings are hormones and neurotransmitters. When a mood swing comes on, your hormones go out of balance and the neurochemicals in your brain change production. Your brain chemistry impacts the way you think. That’s why even when absolutely everything is going your way, a mood swing can still take over. Mood swings make you prone to rapid negative thinking, fear, and anxiety. They can make you feel and think things that are disproportionate to a situation. While there is no easy cure, understanding mood swings and altering your behavior a bit can shorten and even cease many a mood swing. Here’s how.

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By Sara Novak| October 21, 2015
Categories:  Restore

About the Author

Sara Novak

Sara Novak

Sara Novak specializes in health and food policy writing for Discovery Health. Her work has also been featured on TreeHugger, HowStuffWorks.com, TLC Cooking, and Animal Planet. After graduating from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Sara headed up the communication efforts for a national scholarship program in Washington, D.C. Sara has also handled copy writing and public relations for a global environmental consulting firm. She loves fiddling with healthful recipes, traveling, and exploring life atop her yoga mat. Today, Sara lives in Charleston with her husband and two lovable cocker spaniels, Madison and Bella.

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