How to cope with mood swings during PCOS

Wednesday 30th November 2022 06:09 EST

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) often report signs of mood swings, depression and anxiety. Mood swings can feel like rapidly fluctuating emotions that can manifest as irritability, temper, sadness and/or anxiety that results from hormonal imbalance. However, there are plenty of ways by which you can manage and cope with your mood swings:

Eat well

What you eat impacts your physical and mental health. Research suggests that eating complex carbs, protein, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds can help keep your blood sugar levels stable which has been linked to improved mood.


Exercising regularly can help lower insulin levels and keep blood sugar levels stable which is critically important for improving your mood; however, it may also help you lose weight. It helps reduce stress and release endorphins that can help improve mood. Find a form of exercise that makes you happy.

Improved sleep

Studies indicate that poor sleep can produce a 50 per cent increase in insulin resistance within just a few days. This means that a woman with PCOS will experience a 50 per cent rise in blood glucose levels, despite following a healthy diet, if sleep is not proper. Practising sleep hygiene such as going to bed and waking up at a fixed time, putting out devices before sleeping, practising relaxation techniques and avoiding the use of substances before bedtime is important.

Practice stress management techniques

Practising meditation, mindfulness, journaling and taking up a hobby or leisure activity can help improve your overall mood and well-being. Knowing your triggers and managing them beforehand will help. Educate yourself about everything related to PCOS to know how to manage the condition and improve your emotional well-being.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is a type of psychotherapy that can help you identify and change unhelpful or negative thought patterns and learn practical self-help techniques. It is used for many emotional health issues, from anxiety to depression. When handling PCOS, getting a holistic approach while treating the symptoms is important.

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