I get irritable for no reason
I’m not me. This isn’t me.
My emotions are all over the place
I get emotional for no reason and it bothers me

Sometimes we struggle with mood fluctuations that can be perfectly normal.  It is unreasonable to think that our moods wouldn’t have a rhythm – as everything in life does.  So sometimes the struggle we are having is with resisting our moods and if we allowed them to pass mindfully, they would just ebb and flow.  Sometimes however, mood swings are playing havoc with our mental stability, our relationships and our ability to cope.  It can help enormously to start attending to these basics:

  • Pay Attention.  Notice how eating different foods makes you feel — not just in the moment, but the next day. Try cutting out foods that drain your energy or make you feel less table.  Focus in on more foods that give you clarity, focus and energy.  Try cutting out all processed foods and sugar and see how you feel.

  • Drink More Water – We are mostly water so not drinking enough effects energy,, focus and clarify. Build some habits into your daily rhythm that include water, herbal tea and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Reduce or eliminate Caffeine.  Check your consumption of coffee, black tea and chocolate and find substitutes.

  • Cut Out Sugar. Sugar and other simple or refined carbohydrates are what we consider a ‘sometimes’ food.  Not to be eaten on a daily basis.

  • Take Probiotics. Studies have shown that when people take probiotics (supplements containing the good bacteria), their anxiety levels, perception of stress, and mental outlook improve, compared with people who did not take probiotics.
  • Get More Sleep. Sleep is a time for rest and repair.  It is also the time for the brain to consolidate memories   Not having enough sleep makes everything else harder to deal with.  If you are struggling with sleep, talk to your naturopath about supplements that can help.  Develop a rhythm that eliminates caffeine, keep ‘screens’ out of the bedroom and try to go to sleep and get up at similar times.
  • Develop a rhythm of life that truly supports you.  Balance sleep, rest and reflection with getting out, staying connected and helping others.
  • Deep Dive Time. in other words connect with yourself through taking time for reflection.
Victoria Pawlowski, RD., M.Ed., RCC
The Centre for Compassion Inspired Health
Victoria BW