Ever had those times when it feels like your grasp on life is coming loose and that the ground might collapse underneath you? When you find yourself switching from happy to sad, or angry to glad in what seems like a moment? Feeling out of control emotionally is really challenging. Often in these times we know how we want to feel, it’s just that our hormones and emotions won’t play fair. Instead we feel ourselves acting and reacting in ways that actually make us cringe.
There are all kinds of reasons that we inadvertently hop onto an emotional rollercoaster for an unforeseeable amount of time. Sometimes there might be some underlying mental health issues that need to be addressed, other times it happens due to a trauma or shock in our lives, and sometimes it happens on a regular monthly (menstrual) cycle.
The good news is that there are some really basic ways in which we can help restore some emotional balance into our lives. Some of these little changes, once implemented, can have an amazingly positive impact on your emotional health that you may not have even thought about!
Are you lacking in vitamin B12? Being deficient in B12 is more common than you think and can seriously impact on mood swings and your emotional health in general. Even if your diet is relatively rich in B12, you might still be deficient and require a booster shot. So consider visiting your local GP and having yourself tested for B12 levels… And whilst you are there check your iron and folate levels too. It is free, and if nothing else, gives you some peace of mind!
Check your thyroid function! Your thyroid gland, located in your neck, might not be directly responsible for moods, however it is responsible for your metabolism and having a sluggish metabolism means that you will feel tired and agitated more easily than you should. Checking your thyroid levels is another simple test that your GP can refer you for at the same time as you test your vitamin levels.
Check your fuel sources! If you are not eating enough food, and the right kinds, then this will ultimately impact not only on your energy levels, but how well you are able to cope with stressful situations. If you are depriving yourself of the fuel your body needs, then you will find that not only do your energy levels fluctuate, you will have erratic mood swings as well! So remember that if you are wanting to burn fat, up the exercise and pick and choose healthy foods! Science has also proven that a person who consumes a diet high in saturated fats and processed sugars is more likely to experience depression than a person who eats healthily!
Are you sleeping enough/too much!? The amount of sleep you get on a regular basis has a huge impact on how you feel during your waking state. Obviously we need to try and have enough sleep (7-9 hours depending on your age and activity levels), but did you know that too much sleep will leave you feeling irritable and more likely to experience erratic mood swings?