PCOS and Mood Swings.
Just bringing up the thought of the emotional roller coaster, sends me giggling.
Before you start throwing darts at me through this computer screen at how ridiculous thinking your mood swings are funny…
Let me explain.
Think How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
Have you seen that movie with Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson? (I can’t be the only sucker for chick flicks…)
Anyway, this is the line from the movie that I think perfectly explains how I feel with mood swings + PCOS:
“You’re up, you’re down, you’re here, you’re there. You’re like a freakin’ one-woman circus.”
Don’t you feel like that is what you are going through?
I have received a number of emails from your fellow cysters looking for help combating these mood swings.
One cyster was Erika.
Her main PCOS mood swing struggle goes a little something like this:
“I am so frustrated with myself lately. I am noticing more and more how often I have mood swings. One minute I will be a-okay and having such a great day and then then get totally upset or depressed. The thing is nothing really happened to trigger any of those emotions. Another thing it affects is my drive to get anything done. I will be so optimistic when planning to run errands and cross things off my to-do list the next day, but wake up and be in a horrible mood and not be motivated to do anything. The other annoying thing is I often find myself overreacting to something someone said when my rational side knows my irrational behavior.”
Maybe you can relate to Erika…or maybe your feelings go something more like one of these from the Cyster Talk Community…
- “Crying over the silliest things is getting old and I don’t like feeling sad for no reason.”
- “I’m at work crying my eyes out…so embarrassing…”
- “Making a big deal out of little things when I know they are not worth it.”
- “Emotional outbursts. I think I keep it all inside too much + then it just comes out in tears.”
Mood swings, depression, and irritability seem to go hand-in-hand with PCOS. This is all related to the imbalance that is going on in our hormones. Fix that imbalance and you most likely will find yourself more level headed.
First things first. When is it more than just “mood swings” and you should seek out professional help?
As a Professor of Nursing in the field of psych, I teach all about mental health conditions and the nursing care involved. Depression and Bipolar Disorder are two of those conditions that are near and dear to my heart and some resources suggest they are more common in women with PCOS, so…
If you feel like your symptoms are more than just “the blues” please take the advice of this nurse and seek out your healthcare provider for more information and treatment or contact the national crisis lifeline at the bottom of this post.
Dealing with PCOS Mood Swings
Now that we figured out we are just dealing with pesky mood swings, let’s get down to business and determine what we can do about them. It is suggested in the research that mood swings are related to the hormonal imbalance that we have with PCOS. If we help restore that balance in our bodies, we may find a more subtle emotional journey than our current roller coaster!
One of the best things related to your emotional health is to figure out how certain areas are affecting your health. Having a diagnosis like PCOS, stressful living arrangements, family issues, body image issues, personality characteristics, lifestyle and stress can all affect your emotional health. What is currently going on in your life?
Take a few moments to close you eyes and relax. Take a nice slow deep breath and then exhale. Repeat 2-3 times any time you are feeling like your emotions are going to places you know the situation doesn’t warrant. Take a few moments for yourself.
Fuel Your Emotions
You are probably wondering how many more times you have to hear me talk about how awesome a healthy diet is for PCOS, right? Diet is one of the BEST things you can do to combat ALL PCOS symptoms. You want to focus on an unprocessed, whole foods diet. This is one area that will help boost your energy, your mood, and help you to feel more “normal” again. How do you start using a healthy diet to combat PCOS? Here’s a great cheat sheet about getting started with a PCOS Diet.
Finding a strong support group of friends is vital to getting through the ups and downs associated with PCOS. Don’t have people around you that truly understand the roller coaster you are on? Come join us over at Cyster Talk for an awesome group of fellow cysters truly ready to support and hug you through everything.
Work out the Issues
Exercise. I can’t talk about this enough! Fitness is one of my passions…you could say I am addicted to endorphins (the happy hormones that are released when you exercise). Research after research shows that exercise, even a walk around the block, will uplift your mood better than anything else. It doesn’t have to be some grueling workout. Just get your body moving. How do you start using exercise to combat PCOS? Here’s a PCOS Exercise Cheat Sheet for you to download.http://thepcosnurse.com/pcos-exercise-cheat-sheet/
Oil it UP
I am fairly new to essential oils, but the research is not. It has long been understood that different scents can evoke different emotions in people. Scents like lavender are very calming. My favorite brand of essential oils is doterra.
The best thing you can do with this emotional rollercoaster of PCOS, is to take care of your body by eating right, exercising, taking time to relax and de-stress, and learning to live passionately.
What is something that you have found that helps you deal with stress or mood swings? Leave it in the comments below…
How do you know if you need to seek more help?
*Due to the potential serious nature of mental health, I do have to put the disclaimer that this article is for educational purposes only and should not be substituted for medical advice. Please do not make any changes to your diet or lifestyle without speaking with your healthcare provider. You are responsible for how you deal with this information. If you feel like you are in a mental health crisis, please contact the national crisis lifeline at 1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255).