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We’ve all been a victim of our own bad moods. One minute, we’re happy, and the next we’re angry and have no idea why. If you have persistent mood swings, you might want to consult a healthcare professional. You might just want to understand why your mood can shift so quickly.
Here are five factors that might explain your bad mood.
We are all the victims of our own hormones. It is natural for men and women to experience mood shifts at different points of the month or year. It’s a commonly accepted fact that women experience significant mood shifts when they are about to start their period, while men experience testosterone spikes in the fall and then a drop in spring. After visiting your doctor, you might even find that a hormonal condition is the cause of excessive shifts in mood. If you are male and find out you have a hormonal condition, you can find out about treatments like TRT online, while women might want to research more about HRT treatment. Hormone treatments can be regulated with medication and therapies that can in turn help manage mood changes.
Have you gone twelve hours without a coffee? You might be experiencing caffeine withdrawal. Studies suggest that over 80% of us regularly drink caffeine and if we go half a day without drinking it we are subject to irritability, headaches, and even nausea. Caffeine is a stimulant that leads to dopamine spikes in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical produced in the brain that makes you feel good, and when it leaves your body the resulting dopamine crash can leave you in a bad mood.
There has been lots of information about food allergies but not all people understand that food intolerances can affect your mood. It took a long time for me to figure out that I have an intolerance to dairy. I’m not actually allergic but a couple years ago I noticed myself getting cranky after having a bowl of cereal with milk or a bowl of ice cream. And then I would get really really sleepy. The only variable was that I had dairy. So be mindful of what you are eating or drinking and after a time(maybe an hour more or less) see how your mood is or how you are feeling. You might have a food intolerance. Check with your doctor about this and all the factors on this list.
Have you ever seen someone achieve great success, leaving you to feel moody and depressed? In today’s society, where we can view success with one swipe on your phone, comparison syndrome is a genuine cause of bad moods. If you scroll through your Instagram feed, you will see hundreds of shots of inspirational quotes, success stories, and happy faces. No one ever posts about the realities of life, and your brain might go into a negative spiral after looking at your news feed. Why is my life not that good? Why can’t I achieve those goals? The key to a healthy life is to spot the signs of negative self-talk and combat it with positive affirmations. Turn off the news feed if you spot the signs of comparison syndrome.
Are you feeling overworked? Are you overwhelmed, or stressed? Do you have less patience than usual? If you are answering yes to all or any of these questions, you might be experiencing burnout. Burnout is when you work for long hours for extended periods of time without a break. Symptoms include mental fatigue, excessive procrastination, and the feeling of anxiety when you aren’t working.
Bad Moods Are Natural
There is no shame in having a bad day or a bad mood. In fact, mood shaming and suppression of bad moods can lead you to feel even worse. If you are having more bad days than usual, consider whether you are impacted by any of the above. Consulting a healthcare professional can help you rule out any underlying health conditions and make sure you’re being supported with your mental health.
There are many things that can contribute to a bad mood. If you are wanting to help yourself to think more positive even in times of trouble, check out this post that has helped me have a more positive outlook – How to Stop Negative Thinking. Again be sure to speak with a doctor or trusted mental health professional if you are finding yourself in a bad mood more frequently.
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