Mood swings are normal occurrences that most people experience from time to time. Almost anything can trigger a mood swing, from the weather and a good hair day, to hormonal changes and chemical imbalances. If you are experiencing occasional mood swings that are related to events occurring in your life, don't worry, it's normal. The good news is that there are several things you can do to stay positive when you're experiencing a negative mood swing.
Recognize your mood swing for what it is. Don't get overwhelmed because you're having a bad day. Admit --- at least to yourself --- that you're experiencing a mood swing and know that it will end shortly.
Take a walk or a drive. Remove yourself from the situation that caused the mood swing, even if it's only for a few minutes. This will often balance your mood so it is not as severe. If you are able to, do something you enjoy, such as walking or window-shopping.
Avoid making important decisions during a mood swing, if possible. Your mood may affect the decision and you could end up regretting the decision once your mood has returned to normal. This is especially true of financial decisions and major life decisions.
Think about other things. Dwelling on your foul mood or the event that caused the mood often intensifies it. Focus on positive, productive thoughts and activities to instantly lift yourself out of a minor bad mood or improve a major one.
Take steps to eliminate or reduce your mood swings. Exercise regularly and get a medical checkup to make sure your mood swings are truly standard mood swings. Try meditating daily to put yourself in a better frame of mind. Make sure you're getting plenty of sleep, since lack of sleep could be contributing to your bad moods.
Seek medical advice if you feel your mood swings are abnormal. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly 10 percent of U.S. adults are affected by some type of mood disorder. These disorders are often the result of a chemical or hormonal imbalance and nothing to be ashamed of. If you suffer from a mood disorder, and not just standard mood swings, treatment can help you.
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