Ever felt like breaking something simply because you just can’t take it anymore? This feeling is stimulated due to mood swings. Mood alterations are very common today among people from all age groups. Nobody has the patience, time or the energy to put up with things. Mood swings may be a symptom of anxiety directly, or they may be a symptom of symptoms – in other words, for some people, other symptoms of anxiety cause so much distress that they cause mood swings, rather than the anxiety itself leading to mood swings.
“Mood swings” has often been an incorrectly used term. People talk about those who are emotional as though they have mood swings, when in truth their emotions are perfectly normal reactions to life events. Someone who cries often or someone who is angry isn’t necessarily suffering from a “swing” simply because they have a strong emotion. They just have stronger emotions.
True mood swings occur when you can go from happy to sad in a moment, without anything apparently triggering it. Unfortunately, many people with anxiety suffer from extreme mood swings as a response to their anxiety symptoms, and unfortunately those swings tend to almost always be negative.
The frequent mood swings can be awful for the person going through them along with for those who live with a person suffering from bipolar disorder. Both men and women are equally affected by this kind of mental problem.
Three main causes:
Hormones and Neurotransmitters
The main causes of mood swings are your hormones and neurotransmitters. Anxiety may be a mental health condition, and it may be something forged over years of experiences, but it also changes the way your body works. It reduces hormone balance and often changes neurotransmitter (brain chemical) production.
The main neurotransmitters involved are:
The same is true with hormones, as several different types of hormones can cause the body and mind to “feel” differently than it would if these were in balance. No matter what causes your anxiety, the more these are out of balance the worse your mood swings may be.
Anxiety can also be incredibly tiring. So much so, in fact, that some people are simply unable to handle it anymore to the point where they become incredibly stressed every time they feel anxious and are rarely able to contain their discomfort.
This doesn’t have a proper term, but it can best be described as “mental fatigue.” Some people with panic attacks get genuinely depressed and emotional every time they have an attack, because they become so debilitated from dealing with them. These types of mood swings are very common.
Anxiety also creates fear, and fear itself is a powerful emotion. When you encounter a fearful thought, or a fear-inducing problem, the more afraid you are the more you are being emotional as a response to that fear.
Top 3 mood calming herbs:
- Kava Kava:
This plant has been used for centuries in the South Pacific islands as a ceremonial drink. It is considered to be one of the most effective herbal remedies for anxiety. It elevates the mood and calms the mind. It is especially effective in treating stress and depression. Kava Kava is said to calm the central nervous system, providing an overall sense of relaxation and relief to the body. It may even help reduce stress and anxiety in other ways. There’s little doubt that the growing number of Americans on mood-altering prescriptions is directly related to the growing problems with the average American diet. By eating an organic diet and cleansing your body on a regular basis, it is easy to see how mood swings could be virtually eliminated. Herbal remedies like these listed above may also help in reducing stress, increasing alertness, and promoting overall mental health.
- Lemon balm:
This herb is native to the Mediterranean, and has a long history of using as an anxiety remedy. Lemon balm is used throughout the world to calm the nervous system and digestive tract and to reduce blood pressure. The herb extracts have medicinal ingredients that seem to have a calming effect on the mind, and it’s one of the most popular herbs used to treat anxiety. Studies have shown that the calming effect of Lemon balm is often reported when combined with other anti-anxiety herbs. This natural herb is also found effective against a number of ailments including stomach discomfort, colic, cold sores, restlessness, and dyspepsia.
- Passion flower:
Passion flower is a flowering plan. Methanol extracts from the leaves, stems and flowers have anti-anxiety effects. Passionflower is used for sleep problems (insomnia), gastrointestinal (GI) upset related to anxiety or nervousness, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and relieving symptoms related to narcotic drug withdrawal. In foods and beverages, passionflower extract is used as a flavoring.
What is important to look into?
Research the side effects of the herbs you choose to take:
Most herbs used to treat anxiety are considered to be safe for consumption; in fact, some of the herbs have been used safely for thousands of years. However, there are certain situations in which herbs may negatively impact a person’s health. Look carefully into the side effects of the herbs you choose to take if one of the following situations applies to you:
-You are pregnant. Many medicinal herbs can cause problems with pregnancy, so be extra careful what you ingest while pregnant.
-You’re giving it to a child. Children’s bodies are still developing, and they may have different reactions to herbs than adults do. Before dosing a child with an herb, check with a pediatrician to make sure it’s safe.
-You’re taking other medications. Some herbs contraindicate with certain medications; it’s best to err on the safe side and check with your doctor before trying anything.
These home remedies are hopefully going to curb those emotions in order for you to lead a better life and form a better understanding with those around you!