Why did I write this?
I find myself feeling guilty about my mood changes sometimes. Should I?
What did I find out?
- Women have changes in their moods because a). The menstruation cycle has a high from estrogen and then a low from progesterone. When estrogen levels are high in the first two weeks of the cycle you may be likely to be feeling nurturing and forgiving. When the second half of the cycle comes around, estrogen drops and progesterone increases, usually making you feel sluggish and cranky. b). Women have evolved over time as humans who have experienced a massive amount of change. To be rigid and fixed would mean less chance of survival throughout the many centuries that have passed us. Women needed to adapt to survive (emotionally, physically and spiritually) and therefore it is essential that we are able to feel sensitive, caring and sometimes dissatisfied to continue our very own survival as women. (Holland, 2015).
- No, I should not feel guilty about my mood swings and expressing how I feel, as long as I am not hurting anyone emotionally or physically of course.
- Tuning in to your emotions will help you to understand what it is that you are feeling exactly (tired, frustrated, dis-empowered, etc) and how to manage that feeling, so we don’t go snapping everyone’s heads off too regularly.
- Being kind to your self by having the correct amount of sleep, sex and a healthy diet (you know it… water, unprocessed, reduced dairy & gluten as well as less sugar), all help massively with hormonal changes.
Where to from here?
Know how you are feeling, say it, feel it. Not just the highs but the lows too.
Get plenty of sleep, sex, exercise, nutritious food to help you through the lows.
Know and feel peace that you are cyclical just like the tides and seasons of the earth, and the cycles of the moon. Adapt to these cycles and you may very well feel more peace and harmony as your life changes and evolves.
This ‘how to’ comes from Holland, J. (2015). Moody bitches. The truth about the drugs you are taking, the sleep you’re missing, the sex you are not having and what’s really making you crazy. London: Thorsons.