Are you fed up with the irritability, uncontrollable mood swings, greasy skin, fluid retention, sore breasts, irritable bowel, and fatigue in the days before you are due your period? These PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms can last for up to 2 weeks and can cause a whole lot of havoc in your life, and that of the people around you!
You could work with your healthcare professionals to try and resolve these issues medically if you wish, but practicing self-management and making some lifestyle changes can make a significant impact on your symptoms as well. Try these suggestions below and hopefully soon you will have less to worry about when your period is approaching.
Exercise. Even though this is probably the last thing you want to be doing right now, but this is a very important time to get active, to make you feel better. For PMS, The National Women’s Health Information Center recommends two and a half hours of moderately intense activity, one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of the two each week, plus two muscle-strengthening sessions.
Let the people around you know. It will be easier to understand for the people around you why you are behaving a certain way, and that you may need some space or even some extra cuddles, if you let them know what you are going through and how you are feeling. Consider carefully who you include in this circle and how much information you disclose though, you may not need to tell your male boss how sore your boobs are today!
What are you eating? Look at your diet and consider what foods may be irritating your bowels and perhaps are causing you pain. Salt can also worsen fluid retention and bloating. And it’s not just what you eat, but how you eat as well; your eating ways may cause irritation too.
Consider supplements or herbal therapies. Investigate what supplements or herbal therapies may be helpful for you in fighting your PMS symptoms. Magnesium and Primrose oil are said to help!
Relax. It is always important that you get adequate rest and plenty of sleep, but you should also reduce your stress level as much as you can. You can try some relaxation techniques, like deep breathing, massage, meditation, or yoga, which can soothe the mind and body, OR catch up with your girls, watch a good movie, or go on a shopping spree if that’s more your thing.