Mood Swings & Perimenopause - The 3 Things You Want To Avoid

Mood swings and perimenopause.  If they’re hitting you hard you’re probably wondering... 

Is this normal? Is this hormonal? Am I going crazy?  

Find out why some women get such extreme mood swings and what to do about it in this short video.

So to recap...

To keep perimenopausal mood swings mild, you want to keep your progesterone levels up and help your body keep hormones balanced and your estrogen/progesterone ratio right where it needs to be.  Get my best tips for doing exactly this in the video! 

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Video Highlights 

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1:46 What causes perimenopausal mood changes and what can you do about it?

2:22 What you need to do during and before perimenopause

3:04 The importance of specially tailored diet in relation to your progesterone

3:43 The most important thing that you need to give your body during this time

4:07 What superfoods provide your body

4:55 To recap

Video Transcript

Sometimes you'd rather read than watch - I get it!

Mood swings, stress, and anxiety can become a major issue during perimenopause. Stick around to find out exactly what you can do to manage this and get relief naturally. Hi, I'm Dana LaVoie, acupuncturist, herbalist, and founder of Menopause Basics. For 15 years I've been helping women use natural remedies to balance hormones so they can have an easy menopause and feel great afterwards. Before we jump right into today's video I want to ask you a question.

Have any of you hit perimenopause and been taken over by crazy mood swings to the point where you didn't even recognize yourself? It can happen all the time or it can happen during perimenopausal PMS only, but it can be extreme. I know some hands are going up out there because unfortunately this is very common.

We'll today we're going to talk about why this happens to some women and what you can do about it. At the end of today's video I'm going to invite you to sign up for a free copy of my Menopausal Woman's Roadmap so you can learn five really easy to follow steps that will help you balance hormones and get relief from perimenopausal symptoms. I'll give you more details in a minute, but for now let's get started.

Mood swings and perimenopause
Mood swings and perimenopause

I've been working with women in menopause for about 15 years, and I've noticed that so many women think their severe mood swings during perimenopause are normal and that they just have to endure it. Or they get hit with it and they don't even know that it's being caused by perimenopause and they just think that they're going crazy. Neither of these is a good feeling at all. So what causes the perimenopausal mood changes and what can you do about it?

During perimenopause, your hormone levels start to drop and there is a tendency for progesterone to drop first. If progesterone starts out already low or it drops too low, too fast, that low progesterone and the estrogen still being higher, so the low progesterone and the imbalance between the estrogen and progesterone, is what often causes those severe mood symptoms.

What you want to do before or during perimenopause is start taking care of yourself. When you were 16, you could drink soda all day and stay up all night and feel fine the next day. Well there comes a point where that is not the case anymore, so you want to stop burning the candle at both ends. You want to make it a priority to get enough sleep, make sure you find time to eat good food and drink enough water every day. It's time to stop skipping meals and eating nothing but crap. You want to start managing your stress levels. Start with three minutes a day of a stress management practice but make it a regular thing.

So many women think extreme mood swings in perimenopause are normal and they just have to endure them. Let’s talk about that!

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The reason this one is so important is because as progesterone drops, you're likely to be more sensitive to stress. Progesterone is like the fuzzy cushioning on your nerve endings protecting you from feeling stress so fully. Now it's not there anymore, so you've got to do a little more to counteract that. Stress is going to feel more intense, so you need to work a little harder at relaxing and bringing those stress hormone levels back down. Deep breathing or anything else that relaxes you is going to keep those stress levels from spiraling upwards.

And, those are a great foundation, but the most important thing that you want to do is give your body ample amounts of all the building blocks that it needs to make more progesterone, to bring those progesterone levels back up as much as you can. You want to do this by including the right foods and superfoods in your diet every day. The right foods get you the macro building blocks, like healthy fats and lots of fruits and vegetables. Then, when you want to include superfoods, you want to include ones specifically for building hormones. One of my favorites is fresh ground flax seeds. Grab a copy of my free Menopausal Woman's Roadmap to download the five most important things to include in your diet every day and just have to do it to be able to help your body make more progesterone and keep those progesterone levels as high as possible.

It's a free download that will give you five easy to follow steps on the most important things to eat every day, and it will show you the top three mistakes that women tend to make when trying to balance their hormones, and how to fix them.

If you don’t know what kind of mood swings perimenopause can cause - you might just think you’re going crazy. (Get the scoop in this new blog video)

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To recap, to help manage and decrease mood swings, stress, and anxiety during perimenopause, you want to help your body keep progesterone levels high and balance hormones naturally. The best way to do that is, number one, stop burning the candle at both ends. Find time for enough sleep and good food. Number two, practice stress management just a little bit, but do it regularly. Number three, get the right hormonal building blocks in your diet every day. That is the number one key to getting relief. Start with ample healthy fats, lots of fruit and vegetables and menopause-specific superfoods.

I'm also the host of a Facebook group. I'll leave a link to it in the comments below. It's called Menopause Basics. You can join instantly using that link. Inside the group is where all of the best discussions happen about these videos. If you have questions or want to continue this conversation, I'll see you there. I'm Dana LaVoie, and acupuncturist, herbalist, and founder of Menopause Basics. Thank you so much for watching today. I'll see you next time. Oh, and please go ahead and hit share on this video to share this great information with sisters, friends, family members, or coworkers you know who could use some relief from perimenopausal stress.

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