With the ups and downs of life, your mood can fluctuate like the weather. One moment you feel on top of the world and the next you’re crying buckets. That’s why it’s important to know how to naturally balance your mood swings. It’s okay to experience these ups and downs in your daily life, but it doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with you or that you are unbalanced. The good news is there are plenty of ways to naturally balance your mood swings so they no longer have such a disruptive effect on your life. Here are a few natural ways to balance your mood swings:
Keep a schedule
To keep your life in balance, it is important to keep a schedule. Schedule time for sleep, exercise and meals. Also schedule things that are important to you, such as family time or self-care. Making this into a habit will help you be consistent in your life so that when something comes up unexpectedly , the rest of your schedule won’t fall apart. You can use a calendar or planner to write down all of these things so they are visible and easy to access when needed.
Take Folate Supplements
Folate (also known as B9 or folic acid) helps the body create new cells and supports serotonin regulation. Serotonin passes messages between nerve cells and helps the brain manage a variety of functions, from determining mood to regulating social behavior. Folate deficiency can cause fatigue in addition to lowering levels of serotonin and result in mood swings. (Young S. N. ,2007)
Keep a gratitude journal
Nothing can raise your vibration like becoming consciously aware of all the good things that are happening to you and through your life. Spending a few minutes at the end of each day to write down those specifics can help shift your focus from what has made you sad to all the magnificent expressions of life that are unfolding around you. There is always something good that has occurred each day and this forces you to become intentional about looking for it daily. Your attention goes to where your thoughts flow.
Breathing exercises and meditation are great ways to relax, as is listening to relaxing music or taking a hot bath. If you’re not already doing yoga, it’s also a wonderful way to help balance your moods, as well as staying healthy in general.
Stress is a major trigger for mood swings, and avoiding stressors will not be enough to help you. Instead, you must learn how to manage your stress levels by using positive self-talk and stress management techniques such as meditation or yoga. If you are unable to do this on your own, find someone who can help guide you through these exercises so that they become part of your daily routine.
While it’s important to take care of your mental health and make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising regularly and practicing mindfulness, it’s just as crucial that you consider how these things can fit into your life. If your mood swings are still excessive even after trying the steps listed above, visit your doctor for a deeper evaluation.
Young S. N. (2007). Folate and depression–a neglected problem. Journal of psychiatry & neuroscience : JPN, 32(2), 80–82.