ache-19005_1280As I started my journey through perimenopause I noticed a strange thing happening to me.  I was feeling like I was having an outer body experience with the severe mood swings.  My real first encounter with hormonal mood swings was after the birth of my first son.  They call it baby blues.  It’s when that flood of hormones comes washing over you and suddenly you start to cry for no reason.  Or no matter what happens you are angry to the point of wanting to seriously hurt someone.   And then the in between of just being sad and happy at the same time.  If you have experienced this then you know exactly what I am talking about.

Now let’s not confuse this with Post-Partum Depression, which is a serious condition some women experience after the birth of their babies.  This is a very real and serious hormonal imbalance that needs to be treated either with conventional medicine or holistic medicine.  It can lead to severe depression, panic attacks and suicide.

If you suffer from PMS or depression then you are at a higher risk, so watch for the signs and symptoms.

If you find you are dealing with debilitating hormonal swings then you may need more help either with HRT or Bio-Identical HRT.  I was unable to use either of these due to a severe sensitivity to medications and compounds.  I went the holistic path.  There are risks with HRT and BRT so do your research before starting any protocol.  My sister uses the BRT and has had excellent results so far.  She is thriving and moving through the journey.  Each women is different so again do your research and make the informed decision for you.

Here are some tips to incorporate into your daily living practice to help with mood swings and depression.  Eat healthy, exercise, reduce the amount of stress in your life, hydrate with water, high quality pharmaceutical supplements and sleep 7-8 hours per night.  Just making small changes in your lifestyle may make a big impact on the moods!  I now incorporate essential oils into my daily routine and have for many years.

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