Honestly, I feel the vibe we have is great... And if there's something on your mind, you can tell me... And if I told you what's on mine, would you help me? I felt it when Pop Smoke sang that in Mood Swings. We all have a friend that looks like they’re having the best time of their lives, and the next day they look like they’re on the verge of death. Among my friends, I am that friend. Even when we are living the best lives ever, the little misery we go through actually spices up our happiness. However, pain is not a prerequisite for prosperity. We all have good and bad days. If you are having good and bad hours quite often, then that is a sign of mood swings! Despite the exclamation mark, mood swings are not bad, at least not entirely. Healthline says that if your moods are not interfering with your life, then they are healthy. Congratulations, you are a safe and sound human. But what if it is not healthy? What’s the cause, and what complications does it have, and what can you do? I won’t get clinical with it, but I will share just some insights in this article. 

First and foremost, mood swings have effects on all of us. When they get out of hand, you may begin by failing to complete simple tasks, procrastinating school work or work projects, losing control of your finances, and, worst of all, destroying your relationships with friends, family, or spouse(s).Technically, they might have your life fall apart in front of your face. An article on Centerstone says that mood swings can be a result of changes in diet, schedule, sleep cycle, weather, substance use, or hormones (especially for ladies). Most women have weird moods during their periods. Some are grumpy, others angry, others tired. It varies. Some of the things, such as hormones, we can’t just control. Moreover, some stages of growth might cause mood swings, i.e., adolescence, as well as the medications one is taking. In other cases, you might see people dealing with mental health illnesses such as bipolar disorder having quite a lot of mood swings. 

Some of the symptoms of mood swings can be feeling too sad or overjoyed for short periods of time, sleeping too much or less than normal, engaging in reckless activities, self-harm, and taking on new projects or working out harder than usual. It can be different for each individual. However, we just have to look for a way to manage the mood swings whenever we can. As for the complications of mood swings, they also vary depending on the person and the level they are on. As mentioned, it affects your management as a person. It is quite simple math. If you are likely to get angry at the smallest thing happening in your surroundings and react to it, you are probably going to be a person no one wants to be around. There is no award for the most irritable person of the year. Complications are going to be there. There are lots of them, and the question remains, what can you do to deal with this? 

The key to healing, I believe, is to understand the problem. Practicing self-awareness is the first step to dealing with the mood swings. If you know what causes the mood swings, then it is easier to get help. However, if you do not, then you should probably see a doctor or therapist. Despite the whole stigma that is still around seeing therapists, life is yours and yours alone. It is our responsibility to look out for ourselves. Nancy from Verywellmind.com suggests that people try to do regular exercises, adjust their sleep and diet habits, learn stress management techniques, talk to a friend, and address any substance abuse. 

The thing to understand is that the mood swings won’t be easy to cope with. It is also very important for us to be kind to ourselves, one step at a time. Otherwise, the harder you take it on yourself, the worse it gets. I can attest to that.