How to Manage Menopause Mood Swings as a Business Woman
As Business Women, suffering with mood swings they can make us feel out of control. It can be frustrating, especially when our moods can change so rapidly. One minute we are up, the next we are down confusing the people around us!
From talking to Business Women and reviewing recent studies up to 75% of women suffer with mood swings. In some cases it can be extreme and prolonged impacting both our personal and professional lives.
The impact of mood swings, in addition to the other 39 changes can be particularly challenging. With 51% of Women take time off from their business or career due to their symptoms. Then unnecessarily 32% of Women sell their business or leave their career as the impact of their symptoms become too much to manage along with everything else.
MY MOOD SWING STORY – THE BUSINESS WOMAN’S MENOPAUSE!
For me my mood swings felt like a more extreme version I suffered with during my periods. I would start my day feeling in control then suddenly I would change from motivated to miserable and even from coaching people to criticising them – I hated myself!
This was not me, I was so worried about managing my professional reputation it made my mood swings worse.
At the time I worked really hard to manage my mood swings but the complexity of experiencing mood swings as a Business or Corporate Woman can be particularly tricky in a business situation!
So I have intentionally called our experience The Business Woman’s Menopause! and created The Menopause Resilience System™ to help us.
WHAT CAUSES OUR MOOD SWINGS?
Mood Swings are caused by the decline and fluctuations in our oestrogen levels, along with the additional decline in progesterone levels, plus other factors that cause serotonin production disruption.
Oestrogen helps to regulate several mood-hormones, which help promote positive feeling and include:
- Dopamine – the “feel-good” hormone, dopamine is a hormone and neurotransmitter that’s an important part of your brain’s reward system. Dopamine is associated with pleasurable sensations, along with learning, memory, motor system function, and more.
- Serotonin. This hormone (and neurotransmitter) helps regulate your mood as well as your sleep, appetite, digestion, learning ability, and memory.
- Oxytocin. Often called the “love hormone,” oxytocin is essential for childbirth, breastfeeding, and strong parent-child bonding. This hormone can also help promote trust, empathy, and bonding in relationships, and oxytocin levels generally increase with physical affection like kissing, cuddling, and sex.
- Endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural pain reliever, which your body produces in response to stress or discomfort. Endorphin levels also tend to increase when you engage in reward-producing activities, such as eating, working out, or having sex.
Fluctuations in our oestrogen levels can also cause episodes of memory loss, brain fog and lack of concentration. This may add to our frustrations, negatively affecting mood.
This means that keeping ourself happy is more difficult as we move through menopause. Recognising our triggers will help us to manage our mood swings better (on most days), much to the relief of the people around us!
MANAGE MOOD SWINGS WITH THE BUSINESS WOMAN’S COACHING BOOST
Mood swings are down to the decline and fluctuation of oestrogen and progesterone as we transition through our hormonal changes. The complexity of managing Mood Swings as a Business or Corporate Woman can be particularly challenging in a business situation!
So use The Menopause Resilience System™ solutions below to help manage your Mood Swings both in your personal and professional life:
- Food – Have a balanced meal plan including protein, healthy fats, vegetables, fruit and complex carbohydrates. Do not leave more than 4 hours between meals to manage your blood sugar levels which limits the release of stress hormones.
- Sugar, caffeine & alcohol – Cut completely if overwhelmed by mood swings to manage your blood sugar levels which limits the release of stress hormones. Keep a diary for triggers.
- Water – Drink at least 2 litres a day as dehydration can make the nervous system more sensitive leading to mood change.
- Sleep – A consistent sleep schedule is important for managing our stress hormones and allowing our body to repair and rejuvenate.
- Calm – We devote our energy to the world around us, including family, friends and business activities. It’s important to build in regular activities that give you time to reflect and restore your energy levels.
- Move – Exercise produces happy hormones so build in daily activities – try using my 4S’s© to get moving.
- Connect with Others – Talk to people you trust explaining how your hormonal changes are impacting you. Share the science explaining “it’s not you it’s the impact of your changing hormones”.
KEEPING WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Are the 40 Changes Over 40 impacting you both personally and professionally? Not sure, then complete The Menopause Resilience Assessment™ using this to link to find out.
If you want to have discussion about your PeriMenopause or Menopause then book your Discovery Consultation using this link. The session includes The Menopause Resilience Assessment™, then based on the results and our discussion you receive your Menopause Resilience Prescription™ to help you build a strong body to manage your menopause and beyond.
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