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What Are the Best Tips for Controlling Mood Swings?

People who are overworked might need more or longer breaks to control mood swings.
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The best tips for controlling mood swings are to recognize what tends to cause the mood swings in the first place and to try to minimize them as much as possible by making some lifestyle changes. Some people experience frequent mood changes due to a mental illness such as depression or bipolar disorder, and these can sometimes be managed through medication as well as psychotherapy with a mental health professional. Otherwise, one of the best methods for controlling mood swings is to try to eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise to prevent them, and then try to take deep breaths and stay calm if a mood swing occurs.

Many people find that controlling mood swings is made more difficult if their diet is poor or if they are not getting enough exercise. Eating sugary, fatty foods can lead to feelings of depression, and they can also cause rapid swings in blood sugar which frequently contribute to mood changes. In addition, getting regular exercise helps the brain to release endorphins, which tend to elevate and help stabilize the mood; exercise can also be a great way to relieve stress and let off steam after a frustrating day. In addition, other factors such as lack of sleep or alcohol abuse can also contribute to mood swings, so be sure to get a regular six to eight hours and cut back on alcohol if it seems to be having an effect.

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Controlling mood swings in the moment can be more difficult. Some people find that getting up and leaving a stressful situation if possible is one of the best ways, rather than lashing out at anyone else. Taking deep breaths and counting to ten may also help to diffuse feelings of sadness or anger, or even just trying to think of a positive mantra for getting through a sad or difficult situation. It may be a good idea to think of this mantra ahead of time, and keep it written down somewhere that is easy to quickly look at. Others may listen to favorite music or go for a walk.

Sometimes, a longer break is needed for controlling mood swings. Some may discover that they are simply overtired and overworked, and need a longer break. If possible, a day off work or even a short vacation can be a good way to feel rejuvenated and ready to get back to work. In addition, some people find that herbal or vitamin supplements can help to stabilize mild mood swings; this is something that may be discussed with a doctor or nutritionist.

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