How to stop being irritated
Do you have such symptoms?
- Suddenly, you are getting irritated by something you didn’t care about before
- You are irritated when things don’t go as expected
- You are frustrated with a bit thing
If you have one of these signs, please read this blog because I want to discuss how to stop being irritated.
The Causes of Irritability
The cause of irritability is from the lack of the happy hormone, which is called Serotonin.
Serotonin is a hormone that manages your mood, and your body secrets it when you are so pleasant.
It calms your mind, and sometimes we call it a “happy hormone.”
This happy hormone controls a stress hormone, which is called Noradrenaline.
But, there is a particular time your happy hormone decreased, such as lack of sleep, before and during menopause.
Thus, you will need the hormone to manage the stress.
When does your happy hormone decrease?
Lack of sleep
Your Serotonin secretes and stores during the daytime. It will be the switch to Melatonin at night.
But, if you lack sleep, you can’t manage and use these hormones, and you can’t sleep even more.
Thus, it makes the negative cycles, and eventually, you will get irritated.
Before the period, your female hormone (Estrogen) level decreases.
When a reduction in the female hormone engaged in the production of Serotonin can lead to a deficiency of Serotonin.
It can lead to uncontrolled emotions and irritability.
That is why you get irritated for no reason during the PMS.
For women around 50’s, they turn to the stage of menopause.
At this time, your estrogen level decreases significantly, leading to a deficiency of serotonin production.
So that is another factor that you are irritated, anxious, depressed, etc.
How to stop being irritated by a lack of Serotonin?
We produce Serotonin in the brain, but it requires the essential amino acid called Tryptophan as its material.
Tryptophan is turned to as Serotonin in the brain during the day and Melatonin, promoting sleep at night.
Therefore, a lack of tryptophan can cause insomnia and poor sleep quality.
However, the human body cannot make it by itself.
Hence, we have to get it from the diet.
What kind of food contains Tryptophan?
Tryptophan-rich food is mainly
- Soybean products such as tofu, natto, miso, and soy sauce
- Dairy products such as cheese and yogurt
- Grains such as rice
- Sesame, peanuts, eggs, and bananas
Other Remedies for irritability
There are other things you can do to increase Serotonin and calm your stress to reduce irritability.
Doing yoga help improve PMS symptoms, such as balancing hormones and using aromas to calm the mind.
It would be even more uplifting if you get advice from a professional yoga instructor.
Take a bath with Essential Oil.
Soaking your body in the tub instead of taking a shower is one of the best ways to improve your mood.
Why don’t you take a bath in about 100 °F of the water? It’s a good idea to add essential oil such as lavender or camomile to it to relax your body.
The parasympathetic nerves work to widen blood vessels and improve blood circulation.
Let’s relax and warm from the core of your body.
Going out and walking is a good chance of mood with a moderate visual stimulus.
If you like shopping, it’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes and walk around or take a walk with your dog.
Chinese Medicine Perspective
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we treat irritability with a different approach.
When you get irritated, we call that your Liver energy (Qi) doesn’t go through and stagnate like a balloon.
You can see this condition more in women because they have menstruation, lifestyle, characters, etc.
And, emotional depression due to mental stress is a cause of many other illnesses.
According to Chinese medicine theory, stasis of qi causes blood stasis (stasis), resulting in systemic dysfunction like chest tightness and pain.
In addition, liver energy quickly affects on stomach (digestive system); it affects the digestive system, causing burping, acid reflux, low appetite, etc.
Liver Qi Stagnation
- Mood swings
- Emotional instability
- Breast Distension
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Irregular menstruation
How to stop being irritated by Chinese medicine
Location: In front of the first and second toes. This point is where the big toe and 2nd toe bones meet.
Efficacy: This acupuncture point improves soothing stress. In addition, because it belongs to the flow of energy called the liver meridian, which is closely related to the parts of the body, such as the liver, muscles, eyes, physical fatigue, and eyes.
Location: With the back of the hand facing up, LI4’s site is between thumb and index finger bones in the depression.
Efficacy: This acupuncture point improves energy flow and releases tensions. Because this point manages your nervous systems, so it helps reducing stress and irritability.
Chinese Herbs for stop being irritated
Xiao Yao San
The formula is a basic classical formula to regulate and harmonize the energy of the liver and spleen.
It is an excellent formula for menstrual and premenstrual disorders such as irritability, mood swings, anxiety, depression, emotional instability, hot flashes, irregular menstruation, etc.
Jia Wei Xiao Yao San
This formula is a modification of Xiao Yao Wan, and it is for easing liver Qi stagnation and promote the flow of energy.
It is also helpful for liver Qi stagnation with heat signs like hot flashes, anger, and constipation.
In conclusion, being irritated can be caused by a lack of happy hormones from a western perspective and Liver energy imbalance from an eastern perspective.
Firstly, please understand the causes of being irritated.
Secondly, please try these remedies at home to see if your frustration goes away.
Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from these annoying symptoms.
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About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.