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How to Cope with Mood Swings

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1. Make sure you get enough sleep. A recent study by the U.S. Mental Health Association and the Better Sleep Council identified a relationship between positive moods and sleeping between 6 and 8 hours a night. Regular bedtimes were also important.

2. Keep your bedroom as dark as possible as this stimulates production of melatonin. (Low melatonin levels are linked with depression.)

3. Make sure you have a diet that supports brain health. For example, the following nutrients have been shown to promote more stable moods: B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, zinc and fatty acids. Also, rapid changes in blood sugar can also precipitate changes in mood, so watch your consumption of refined sugar products, and make sure you eat lots of complex carbohydrates.

4. Try some natural remedies. Chamomile, lemon balm or valerian root tea are recommended for helping with anxiety. St. John’s wort is said to soothe the mind and relieve irritability. In terms of homeopathic remedies, lycopodium is believed to help with anger, and feelings of agitation; tarentula hispanica is used for mania; and chaste berry, red raspberry, black cohosh and sarsaparilla may help with female hormonal mood swings.

5. Include some regular exercise in your daily schedules. This releases endorphins, the feel good hormones. It also helps with insomnia.

6. Try and identify coping mechanisms that can ward off or soothe fluctuations in mood. Also, keeping a journal of negative triggers can help you interrupt a pattern early on, and work on strategies for coping with these triggers.

i am going to have to make some big decisions in the next year and it’s going to be hard since we’re not on the same page. i am going to go off, at the age of 23, with people still setting restrictions on my life. it’s not what i want. i want to be able to make life and career decisions with you. i am not used to someone telling me that it’s not okay if i live there or here. or with you. 
i just want to be happy. i am not asking for marriage or kids, yet. i just want to be able to begin building my life with you. my life will be going on in a different direction, but i am left to wait. why can’t we take the easy, logical route? because there are people who think we will fail.

but i have enough faith in us, i just wish you could see that.

Dear Jon,

I couldn’t be happier to be with you. I am happy to be able to say that I can stand by your side for the rest of my life. I don’t need a ring or marriage to solidify the lifetime that we will share. You are absolutely the most amazing person that I have encountered in my life. I know that God made you for me for so many reasons. I have never been so close to someone. I am able to talk to you, lean on you, cry on you, and depend on you. I have never felt more secure and safe. You are a good person, you have heart and passion. You are Godly and understand that I have dreams too. You are kind and loving. You understand me and my troubles. You see me as a human, not an object. There are times when I think about you and I get so emotional, but a good kind of emotional.
I want to spend the rest of my life with you, because I can’t see myself living with anyone else, giving myself fully to them. I want you, because you saved me.

I love you and I am so thankful for you.

I think this trip home really helped me to appreciate all that I have in life. God has given me a life to be happy about and thankful for. Life can really end in an instant. I was thinking about the thought of death. And I have come to peace with leaving this place. Heaven is a place where I can watch over everyone and where I can feel constant warmth and comfort. Why should I be afraid of that. Heavenly Father is here watching over me, making sure that I continue on the path to Him.
I am thankful for everything that I have encountered in my lifetime. Though at times I can be impatient, I know that I have had many experiences in my lifetime already. Some not so good, but they are experiences that I took something from. As I get older, I can see the lasting consequences of poor decisions and mistakes. Mistakes are good in most cases, but when you don’t learn from them, they can leave lasting impacts that aren’t always the greatest.
No matter where I end up in life, I want to be able to say that I did a lot. I did what made me happy and I loved with my entire self.
I am going to make sure that I leave this world a good person.