We’ve all heard about menopause in a joking way or complaints from our mothers and older gal pals. But as women enter their late 30s, their reproductive system begins to produce notably lower levels of estrogen and progesterone. This is the beginning of a natural process called perimenopause which will gradually lead to menopause at around 50 years of age.

Along with the decline in these hormones, some women will also experience severe changes in their mood and emotional balance. The good news is that there are ways to help. Here are some tips for making it through menopause, with as few mood swings as possible.

1. Exercise Regularly

It’s no secret that exercise is good for you and helps your mood. To quote Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, “Exercise gives people endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t kill their husbands.” Exercise is an important part of your physical and mental health. Often, getting the blood flowing a little faster whenever possible is a great tactic to deal with stress, mood swings, and irritability.

When your estrogen levels fall, you can experience a fall in dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels in the body. All of these are usually regulated by the estrogen, and when that declines, so do these other hormones. Exercise is a great way of restabilizing the amounts in your body.

Getting Exercise

2. Destress

Stress makes everything worse. Excessive stress is taxing on the body. If you’re in a stressful environment, you should try to find a way to and manage it. There are approaches like yoga, meditation, meditation and a whole host of others, that may work wonders for you.

For many of us, a nice hot bath and a book are a great way to decompress after a difficult day. Why not light a scented candle and just sit in the dark and listen to some relaxing music. You can also find spa treatments to fit any budget. Whatever works for you should make it a regular part of your routine. Sometimes all it takes is a few moments of peace and quiet to make all the world of difference.

3. Watch What You Put in Your Body

Rich, fatty, and spicy foods can have a negative effect on your mood as well, especially if you’re already struggling with regulating them. These foods can cause inflammation and a whole host of other health problems. Opting for a healthier and milder diet can have some really positive results when it comes to menopause.

Cutting out heavily caffeinated drinks will help, too. Caffeine can make you tense. As your body chemistry changes, it’s worth looking at how it affects you. Alcohol is a major source of mood destabilization for people in general. Cutting out caffeine and alcohol can help you better manage your emotions effectively.

Eating Well

4. Prioritize Your Sleep

You have to sleep. Your body needs sleep to rest your mind, replenish your cells, and process emotions. Sleep is right at the core of maintaining a healthy body and mind. Setting a routine that you follow regularly is a great first step. Your body likes to know which mode to enter next, so routine is the key.

Avoiding stressors and consumption of heavy foods and stimulating drinks in the hours leading up to your ideal bedtime is a good start. That way, your mind knows when it’s time to sleep and can begin to power down in anticipation of.

5. Wearable Devices & Menopause?

The tech world has thrown its hat into the ring when it comes to mood regulation. There are now wearable devices to help with your mood. These can do everything from monitor your biometric data to determine your mood.

A great new example of this is Hapbee. This wearable device is considered a “biohacking” tool, allowing you to essentially “hack” your mood. It reads your biometric data, and you can set it to produce certain vibes, according to your situation or goals.

This area promises to be a blossoming sector in the coming years, and it’s already looking pretty futuristic. Who wouldn’t want a FitBit style of device to monitor your mood when you’re on line at the post office or dealing with in-laws.

Final Thoughts

Nobody wants to be at the mercy of raging mood swings, and nobody wants to be around people who are having them either. This may require a few different solutions working together, but there’s always a way to ensure you are at your best.

If, however, you can’t seem to cope, you should speak to your doctor. At times, very severe mood swings can completely ruin relationships. There are medical options including hormone replacement therapy and other helpful tips. There’s no reason a natural part of life should hold you back from living your most productive life.