Mood Swings and Aromatherapy

If you suffer from mood swings, you know that it can be really problematic for you and prevent you from doing different activities in your every day life. It is something that a person has a very hard time controlling and can creep up on you quickly.

What is Mood Swings?

Mood swings are, by the Oxford Dictionary definition, "an abrupt and apparently unaccountable change of mood".
This can be very normal, as people have changes in moods all the time. However, some people have them more frequent or intense than others, that it can actually "disrupt your daily life, including work and relationships." (verywellmind.com)

What Causes Mood Swings?

There are a few things that can cause mood swings to appear. According to psychcentral.com, mood swings have been linked in some to specific foods or even consuming too much sugar (e.g., from cola or other beverages).
Webmd.com says sleep deprivation is also a common issue that might make you feel more cranky. "You're also more likely to make poor choices throughout the day, and you may snap at people more often." (webmd.com)

How Aromatherapy Helps Mood Swings?

Aromatherapy helps "trigger smell receptors in your nose that send messages to the part of your brain that controls your mood", according to healthline.com.
According to medicalnewstoday.com, some studies show that aromatherapy

"may help relieve psychological and physical symptoms" linked to mood swings.
Aromatherapy is a good way to try and help you handle mood swings or keep it in check because of the way that it triggers in the brain.
Studies have shown that there is a "link between the mood and different scents". (urdesignmag.com)


What Smells Help Mood Swings?

There are a lot of smells that you can surround yourself with that can help with mood swings.
The Jasmine scent "directly impacts a brain/central nervous system chemical known as GABA, which results in the calming of the nerves" (solarmentalhealth.com). This helps relax your mood swings.
Lavender is, as well, a scent that can help with keep your mood calmer. According to studies posted in hindawi.com, "results of the present study suggest that the reduction of low mood ... may be achieved upon short-term exposure to lavender due to its relaxing effects."
Aromatherapy can help a lot with this issue. Mood swings can hit unexpectedly which means you might not have any type of warning of when this issue comes. Therefore, using these methods regularly can help preemptively help or navigate through your issues, can help dealing with the them before or during the time you actually need it.

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