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Ways to Be Less Moody Toward Your Husband

author image Kimberly Yates
Kimberly Yates has been both writing and teaching since 1997. She has been published in a variety of magazines, including "The Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine" and "Woman's World." She has a Bachelor's degree in English and a Masters in English education.
Ways to Be Less Moody Toward Your Husband
Everyone gets irritated at some point, but constant moodiness can hurt your marriage. Photo Credit Visage/Stockbyte/Getty Images

No matter how much you love your husband, there are going to be times that he gets on your nerves. Unfortunately, the more this happens, the moodier you are going to be. Constant moodiness can put a strain on any relationship. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to be less moody toward your husband.

Putting Things Into Perspective

Often, the things that irritate women the most are not huge, earth-shattering problems but their husbands' day-to-day quirks and idiosyncrasies. Things like wet towels left on the bathroom floor, crumbs in the kitchen or the toilet seat left up can lead to big fights. This is why happiness experts Richard and Kristine Carlson recommend stopping and putting things into perspective. Ask yourself how much this issue really matters, if it will still bother you a year from now. If it won't, consider it unimportant and let it go. This new perspective can go a long way toward keeping your moodiness in check.

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Express Yourself

Sometimes fighting moodiness is as easy as getting things off your chest. Tell your husband what's bothering but do it constructively. When you say, "You always leave your wet towels on the floor!" it can feel like an attack. Psychologists say that shifting the focus to your feelings is a better way to open a dialogue. Saying, "I feel frustrated when you leave your wet towels on the floor." takes the target off your husband and back on your feelings. The conversation that follows can get to the heart of the problem and prevent future moodiness.

Eating Your Way Happy

When they're hungry, most people also feel grumpy. In fact, there's actually a physiological connection between the two. Serotonin is one of the chemicals in the human brain that makes people feel happy. However, to produce and use serotonin effectively, you need carbohydrates and proteins in your system. Women are more susceptible to low serotonin levels than men, especially women who are dieting. Therefore, an afternoon snack of whole grains and protein can keep your serotonin levels high and keep your moodiness at a minimum

Seeking Outside Help

In some cases, moodiness can be a sign of deeper emotional or physical problems. It's important, therefore, to keep an eye on your feelings. If your moodiness lasts for days or weeks at a time or if it's accompanied by feelings of depression and hopelessness, you should consult a health care professional. They can do tests to determine if you have hormonal imbalances or other disorders. In addition, they can evaluate moodiness and other factors to diagnose bipolar disorders. Then they can prescribe treatment or medication that can get you feeling yourself again

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