Mood Swings

mood swing

These can best be described as sudden, unexpected changes in the way someone feels and behaves, especially when becoming angry, unhappy and even aggressive.  Prior to absorbing the content of the article, consider the following scenario:


A married working mother, with two children, wakes up one morning feeling motivated and inspired, and decides to "be the person she really wishes to be". She will be attentive to her boss's needs, co-operative with her colleagues, will control any irritation when fetching the kids from school, and at the end of the day, will sit down peacefully and enjoy a few cocktails with her husband and forgive him for the previous day's remark that "it must be that time of month again".


Disaster looms, however, when after much irritation, the car finally starts and she arrives late at her workplace and receives an unpleasant reception from her boss ("grumpy, bald-headed old slave driver," she silently thinks). Piles of paperwork on her desk need such urgent attention that she feels obliged to forfeit her lunch break. Soon after, she receives a call from the school saying that she had best come and collect her son, who has a raging fever. Not totally out of control just yet, she is looking forward to some sweet relief later in the day, when her husband calls to say that he will be late, because of a stack of emails that have to be answered (Yeah, as though she's going to believe that!).
By now, this weary individual has experienced no fewer than about five mood swings. (Sound familiar?)
And this glorious day fuelled by optimism and goodwill has been contaminated by what can only be described as reality!


Besides the many forms of stress that one experiences, other factors play a role too, such as:
Depression; not everyone expresses sadness, anger or agitation, but these bottled-up feelings most certainly manifest as changes in mood.
Lack of sleep; this is most detrimental when trying to maintain a sense of emotional equilibrium, and can lead to misunderstood emotional outbursts.
Use of drugs and alcohol can initially cause a feeling of euphoria, but "what goes up must come down".
Hormonal changes are a primary cause of mood swings, but these altered emotions can sometimes be controlled with medication.


The physiology of mood swings includes the brain cells, usually being the biggest users of nutrition, all too often living under sub-optimal nutrition. Sugar, despite all the bad news it receives, continues to be consumed excessively in many people's diets, and is without doubt a major contributor to mood swings. According to dieticians, "reducing refined carbohydrates will regulate blood sugar and keep mood swings under control".


A bit of anxiety can, however, be a good thing, as it may prompt one to be more organized and to manage one's relationships in a more controlled manner, in order to avoid tensions.


There are many organic medications that calm one who is prone to mood swings; and a relaxing form of massage can do wonders to lift one's spirits too. The aromas of the MatsiMela Home Spa ranges will add to the soothing, calming effects of a good massage, and will promote feelings of contentment.