First and foremost, this is for the men out there.
Periods and PMS are two very different things.PMS or Pre-Menstrual Syndrome covers a large scope of physical or emotional disturbances in a female before the arrival of menses and periods are the menstruation cycle itself.
That being said, PMS is bad. It is horrible. It is the worst. Period. It is like standing in the middle of the ocean where massive waves of emotions and thoughts are hitting you from all directions. From fatigue to depression and everything in between, there is nothing that PMS does not bring along.
Unfortunately, PMSing is something that we can’t change but there are certain ways which can help us control and downsize the symptoms of PMS.
1. Eat more frequently:When you’re PMSing your body becomes like your grandma because all it wants you to do is eat, eat and eat. This is because the metabolic rate of the body skyrockets and during ovulation (i.e around 7-10 days before your periods) your body is getting ready for a potential pregnancy which raises up the levels of progesterone and estrogen in the body which elevates your levels of hunger.
Tip: Break down your meals into 6 portions instead of 3 portions and include stuff like avocados, eggs, oats, etc in your meals as they make you feel full. Having dark chocolate can also do the trick.
2. Rest well: When PMSing, everything seems wrong. Things are all messed up in your head and body and therefore, everything that you do will be equally messed up. Therefore, the best thing to do when PMSing is to rest as much as you can. Research has suggested that getting enough rest will elevate your mood and will help you feel rejuvenated. If you think about it, you can’t possibly be in a bad mood while asleep.
Tip: Rest whenever you get the chance by indulging in sleep-inducing activities like listening to soft music, reading a book or meditating.
3. Indulge in physical exercise: Exercising can help you fight off both physical and emotional PMS symptoms,” says Dr. Piscitelli. Muscle spasms are an irreversible curse that comes along with PMS and studies have shown that at least 90 minutes of moderate physical activity pumps up the heart rate and elevates your mood.
Tip: Go out for a walk with your favorite music on or try some stay at home workouts. The key is to keep moving and stay active.
4. Turn to medications and supplements if necessary: Depression, anxiety, irritability, over thinking are just some of the many symptoms of PMS. Studies have found that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) oral contraceptives and over-the-counter pain medications can ease the disastrous symptoms of PMS. Studies have also found that intake of calcium, fatty acids and linoleic acid found in supplements can considerably reduce irritability and aches associated with PMS.
Tip: If things seem to go out of hand, don’t hesitate to consult a general physician or a dietician. Remember, your body comes first.
5. Know that it will pass: Nothing lasts forever. Just know that this horrifying phase of life will pass and things will be right again. Remind yourself that the reason you are forced to battle PMS is because the universe knows that you, as a woman have the ability to tackle everything and anything that comes your way and PMS is nothing but a cake walk.
Tip: Stay positive and motivated and show the universe that it is right about how strong you truly are.
You know what they say, “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.”
You go, girl!