Times of stress and mood swings
The pace of life is getting faster and faster, more hectic and more exhausting. Increasing pressure at work, conflicts with family members/partners or the loss of a loved one test out endurance. Many of these situations have a negative influence on our well-being or performance. The psyche becomes more vulnerable and it gets difficult to cope with further stress. It all gets too much. Long-term exposure to stress frequently manifests itself in mood swings.
It is important that you observe the signals of your body and find out what causes your stress and mood swings.
Many stressful situations can have a negative influence on our well-being and our performance. The reasons for such situations can frequently be found within the family or at the workplace. You feel tired and tense and have no energy. Signs of stress can also be exhaustion, lack of drive as well as listlessness and loss of appetite. The psyche becomes more and more sensitive and vulnerable and you can do even less to combat the stress.
In addition to physical symptoms, we can also develop psychological symptoms when physical and psychological stress increases. You may feel inner restlessness, sadness or emptiness, anxiety or lack of concentration. We can no longer enjoy life and lose interest in activities that normally give us pleasure; we develop mood swings and insomnia. We may also lose interest in sexual activities or feel worthless and plagued by feelings of guilt.
Mood swings and depression
Long-term exposure to stress frequently manifests itself in mood swings. If left untreated, mood swings can gradually turn into mild or moderate depression. There are three levels of depression: mild, moderate and severe, and individuals may exhibit various different symptoms.
Mood swings and burnout
In the worst case, ignoring physical, emotional and psychological symptoms such as stress, overburdening and mood swings can lead to burnout. Burnout is not a clear medical diagnosis. Burnout refers to work-related exhaustion, where both psychological and physical signs and symptoms may be present. It is recommended to consult a pharmacist at an early stage.
Herbal tonics for mood swings
St. John’s wort has long been considered a “tonic for the soul” and was used in medieval times to treat “melancholy”. In the 1970s, clinical trials in orthodox medicine established the mood-brightening effect of St. John’s wort. In German it is also called “the plant of light” and has a calming and balancing effect in cases of low moods, emotional volatility, inner restlessness, anxiety, tension and mood swings. In Scandinavia, golden root has been familiar for a long time. Golden root, also known as roseroot, is traditionally used in the treatment of stress and overwork. It is also employed for fatigue, exhaustion, tension and irritability.
Balm, passionflower, hop and valerian are plants with a calming and relaxing effect. They are recommended for symptoms such as nervousness, tension, restlessness and exam nerves. Valerian and hop are also proven medicinal plants that help individuals fall and remain asleep.
Ginseng root extract can be used as a general tonic for fatigue and feelings of weakness, for decreasing performance and an inability to concentrate.
Chemical medicinal products for Depression
Chemical antidepressants are used in depression but also in anxiety disorders, panic disorders, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Chemical antidepressants include tricyclic antidepressants, tetracyclic antidepressants and SSRIs, as well as SSNRIs.
Tricyclic antidepressants have a calming and mood-brightening effect and also boost Motivation. Tetracyclic antidepressants have a mood-brightening and soothing effect. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are known as SSRIs. Their antidepressant effect is due to inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin produced by the Body. SSNRIs are selective serotonin – norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors. Their antidepressant effect is due to their regulating the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine produced by the body.
A tonic for the body
To perform efficiently, our body needs numerous vitamins and minerals. In hectic times, a balanced diet and the intake of vitamins are especially important. A wide range of vitamins and mineral supplements is available at pharmacies. It is important to get good advice from an expert.
If you do not experience any substantial improvement in your mental stress symptoms after four weeks, it is recommended to consult your doctor.
Tips for people suffering from emotional volatility
Relaxation techniques for mind and Soul: The magic term in our hectic world is “slowing down”, an approach that can help you regain your balance with or without medication in a short period of time.
- Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR): This technique involves progressively tensing muscles for a few seconds in a certain order and then relaxing them.
- Autogenic training: You attain a state of relaxation and peace by muscle relaxation and telling your mind “my periphery is at peace”. It is a form of self-hypnosis, where you repeat words or suggestions (autosuggestion) to achieve a state of peace and serenity.
- Yoga: Relaxation is achieved by carefully practising certain postures and breathing exercises.
- Qigong and tai chi: Here deliberate movements are carried out together with meditation. Both techniques are primarily used for the slow, meditative practice of harmoniously flowing movements.