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Feeling Low? How to Deal with Bad Mood and Panic

What causes bad mood? What do low progesterone levels have to do with it? Let’s try to find the not-so-obvious reasons for your mood swings and suggest ways for you to deal with them.

Occasionally, feeling upset or sad is an important part of life. Recent studies show that your mental health depends on having and embracing these feelings. Negative emotions can become a positive experience if you use them to better understand the natural highs and lows that life brings.

Negative emotions can actually aid in one’s survival! They may indicate a health problem, a relationship issue or something else that must be addressed. Ignoring or squelching these feelings can negatively affect your overall well-being.

Progesterone is a precursor to such hormones as cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone. One of its main functions is preparing the uterus for the fertilized ovum implantation and supporting the pregnancy. Progesterone is produced by the corpus luteum during the luteal phase of the cycle. During pregnancy, the placenta serves as the main source of this hormone.

Progesterone also eliminates the negative effects of estrogen in the body, removes excess water, is a natural antidepressant, increases libido and can reduce menstrual cramps. Thanks to this hormone, women can remain calm and relaxed. Low progesterone levels are one of the reasons for bad moods and anxiety before a period.

Life is not always filled with pleasant events. Sometimes, there are situations that bring disappointment, but even they should be taken calmly. Sadness is not useless. It helps you reflect on yourself and the world around you. According to scientists, in moments of sadness, a person is ready for the most challenging situations, since the brain optimizes the processing of information.

When fighting sadness, it is important to distract yourself by taking walks or cycling, doing your favorite things, cleaning, or talking with loved ones. To cheer yourself up, try to be out in the sun more often and get enough sleep. Don’t forget that sadness is a temporary phenomenon, which will eventually be replaced by joy.

Anger is one of the most common human emotions. Usually, it has a negative connotation, but it also has a positive side. Anger gives us energy that helps defend our own interests and protect our personal space. Therefore, being angry within reason is useful.

However, anger should be controlled. When you feel an outburst of anger coming, some negativity will go away if you square your shoulders, inhale and exhale deeply, and count to 10. Jogging, walking, yoga, meditation, and healthy sleep are good for fighting anger. It is also important to analyze the situations that cause you anger and try to avoid them.

Panic is an episode of intense anxiety, which typically starts unexpectedly for no apparent reason. The mechanism of panic development and growth is not yet fully researched. Usually, it is the result of a combination of biological (hormone changes), social, and psychological factors.

Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from panic disorders. This is due to a lower production of serotonin, the happiness hormone.

Anxiety disorders are most frequent prior to menstruation when the amounts of all female hormones decrease in the body.

If you are experiencing a suffocating feeling, a quickened heartbeat, sweaty palms, and fear, stay put. Draw a few short breaths and exhale slowly. Relax and try to switch your attention. Mentally count things or multiply numbers in your mind.

What you are feeling is scary, but not dangerous. The panic will go away if you manage to refocus your attention.

It’s not easy to deal with negative feelings, but try to embrace your mood. Learn to read your feelings daily without smothering or ignoring them. Breathing deeply and slowly helps one deal with strong negative feelings. Pretend that your emotions are light as a cloud or a feather, and blow them away. Write letters or journal entries as you encounter these feelings.



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