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I have very rapid mood swings, what's the best way to manage them so no one gets hurt?

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Last Updated: 12/20/2020 at 3:16am
I have very rapid mood swings, what's the best way to manage them so no one gets hurt?
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December 6th, 2017 4:30pm
Meditation, learning to take deep breaths when you feel yourself getting angry. Find friends to help you.
December 22nd, 2017 11:10pm
For me, I control my mood swings by doing the opposite of what I feel, for example if I feel sad I'll listen to some really upbeat music or exercise, if I feel angry or tensed up I'll colour in or draw and so on. If you cannot do these things to calm down then I suggest hugging a pillow as tight as possible until you feel better.
December 23rd, 2017 12:26am
In case you think your mood swings are not normally ranged, I would recommend you to consult a therapist or psychiatrist as they are the best ones to give you support.
January 27th, 2018 4:19am
Make sure that people are aware of your mood swings being uncontrollable so that they can understand what you are going through and know that it is only temporary.
January 31st, 2018 6:14pm
try to acknowledge your mood swings, the best way to help yourself is to know what not to do. Hope this helps
February 18th, 2018 9:41pm
It's difficult to notice you are behaving irrational as the situation happens. Letting people know you have these mood swings and that you are sorry if you overreact at times might help. Mood stabilizers are an option as well.
March 2nd, 2018 9:46pm
take deep breaths and think about what will happen if you go through with saying or doing things.
March 4th, 2018 4:10pm
Mood swings are perfectly normal, but sometimes when it becomes too rapid, it may harm people around you, even the ones who are trying to help. You can try relaxation and meditation to manage the positive vibes inside you, and you can try to channel it into another impulse that is not harming people around you and yourself.
March 14th, 2018 2:59pm
When you feel your mood turning try to distance yourself from people Until you feel okay enough to have a conversation about how you feel.
March 19th, 2018 9:11pm
Breathing....deep breaths. Take plenty of time for yourself, exercise regularly to help release stress and naturally boost endorphins. And try to surround yourself with more positivity.
March 25th, 2018 4:21am
Find a hobby to take the energy out on so that it turns into something positive! And don't be afraid to tell people that you are needing some time alone to clear your mind
March 29th, 2018 9:00pm
Take a deep breathe and stand still for a moment. Try to control any actions. Thoughts are normal. It's usually actions that can cause issues. So, just breathe and know it'll be okay.
March 30th, 2018 4:36pm
Punch a pillow, count down from 10 to 0. Talk it out. Walk away. Listen to music. Scream. Do anything that isn`t violent.
March 30th, 2018 5:22pm
I would tell the people you hang out with so no one will get hurt or so you don't offend someone. If they want to leave you because of that let them decide that because you're perfect the way you are
April 6th, 2018 12:21am
The best way to manage your mood swings is to put all electronics away, so you don’t text someone something that you don’t mean and take your anger out on them. You need to count to the highest number you can and take deep breaths till you are calmed down.
April 7th, 2018 5:27am
yeah, i know what you mean. i think i've been going through the same thing as well. for me, when that happens, i try to distract myself or take time off for myself to cool down, so i don't lash out on anyone. but isolation isn't always good for everyone. i recommend seeing a professional, if you can. even talking to someone can be helpful; a listener, helpline, friends, family etc.
April 19th, 2018 8:20pm
Consult with your doctor. You may need some medical attention to control your mood for a bit, but overtime you can start to control it yourself. If it has to do with sleep deprivation, still consult your doctor.
April 20th, 2018 10:40pm
Acknowledge and track your mood swings. When you feel a shift in behavior coming on, realize it, know that it is there and if you can't control it the first time, reflect afterwards on why that might have been. In the case of negative mood swings, it is always a good idea to talk about them with other people and communicate the thoughts and feelings you're having in a positive, healthy way.
April 26th, 2018 1:23pm
Create small ways of learning to control. Such as certain traits you'll know as you're approaching a mood swing. Everytime you reach this trait, then you can take some deep breaths to calm down, or alternatively, you can speak with a doctor.
April 27th, 2018 6:45pm
Keep your emotions to yourself, and try to act as a happy person. Or just don't and people should just deal with it, because you shouldn't hide your emotions.
May 24th, 2018 11:36pm
Try to control them, or before you say something think about what could be the outcome. Maybe count to 10 in your head so you can calm down.
June 16th, 2018 3:47am
Take a few deep breaths and remove yourself from the situation. A walk often helps to get a different perspective
June 21st, 2018 8:56am
Mood swings are a natural phenomenon so there's nothing to feel bad about it. If you want to manage it then the best way is to indulge yourself in your hobby and whatever activity you like.
June 23rd, 2018 8:11pm
Write it out, thats what helped me. Day by day, if there was a feeling you didn't like write it out.
June 28th, 2018 3:04pm
When you struggle with regulating your mood, one of the best things you can do is develop an understanding of what the warning signs are of an oncoming mood swing, and keep track of triggers (if there are any): for example, you may notice yourself becoming a little bit more agitated just before a low mood swing, or notice yourself feeling anxious and having 'butterflies' in your stomach before a high mood swing. If you can identify these feelings, you can do your best to manage them - for example, by taking yourself out of a situation to let you deal with the mood swing on your own. If you feel able to, it could also be good to have a chat with your loved ones about your mood swings, and try to explain to help them understand that they aren't something you can help, they aren't your fault, but that you understand that sometimes when you're in that place, it can be hurtful to others. Another good thing to minimise hurt would be to acknowledge the fact that sometimes your mood swings can hurt people, and you might need to apologise, even though they aren't something you can help - so for example, apologising to someone for something you said when you were angry or low. Though the person is hurt, it will help your relationship a lot to have that acknowledgement and apology.
July 13th, 2018 8:50am
Finding real cause of mood swings can help you. Try to find reasons why your mood is changing so rapidly. If needed see a therapist. When you know the cause only then you can work on its effects. Hope it help!
July 18th, 2018 9:50pm
One option is to identify triggers that coincide (both internal and external) with your mood swings so you are aware when one is coming on. A second option is to evaluate the messages and feelings your body is sending you before the mood swing comes on, to identify the mood swing before it gets intense. A third option is to work with a functional or integrative physician to identify the inflammatory triggers (such as blood sugar instability, NMDA excitoxicity, heavy metals, mineral imbalance, xenoestrogens, food sensitivities, gluten and casein intolerance, mold and others) that can trigger rapid mood swing shifts.
July 18th, 2018 10:44pm
It is very important to find the primary source of what’s causing them. Some causes could be stress or even something different that recently happened in your life. The best way to manage is to focus on targeting the area you feel needs the most work. When these mood swings happen, the best thing to do is try and relax. Breathing techniques are very helpful and so are positive affirmations. Realize that you can overcome them.
July 19th, 2018 3:01am
Well dont think too much about it walk away when you are angry try to be more tolerating when someone is being annoying and dont always push people away be more understanding and put yourself in their shoes
July 19th, 2018 9:57am
Identify the triggers to your mood swings you can curb them by engaging in hobbies and things you love and also spending time with your loved ones