PMS, most commonly known as PreMenstrual Syndrome affects most women during their period, two-one week before their period or sometimes even a week after (yep, the word prefix Pre- doesn’t really helps much here).PMS symptoms can go from very light and manageable ones to life threatening states where women need hospital support. (No, I’m not exaggerating, I wish I was, but I’m not.)
Most women with severe or difficult menstrual cycles suffer in ways that exceed the physical pain and intervenes with their daily life, their functionality and emotional stability. This is why I’ve prepared some tips for dealing with PMS.
- Balance your diet: this will require that you pay close attention to your cycle and lower your sodium and sugar intake for at least two weeks prior your next period. Research has shown that diets high in sodium and sugary or starchy foods are related to those difficult, crampy and emotionally unstable menstrual periods.
- Avoid the sugar during the period: I know you are craving the chocolate and the “comfort food” but what your body actually needs to feel better is antioxidants so, instead of going for the chocolate bars and the ice-cream, nom on a few bites of dark chocolate (rich in antioxidants), a salad of berries, a little whip cream and granola bites, fruits rich in fiber such as apples and plenty of water.
- Exercise: the cramps in your uterus happen because for one reason or another, your muscles aren’t getting enough oxygen. Doing yoga or low-impact cardio work outs will help ease the pain and it will also stimulate your uterus’ walls which means you get to drain the blood faster and therefore end your suffering faster.
- Drink Sunflower Seed tea: this tea has been known to help calm the cramps and pain related to menstruation. It is also known to help your neurological system relax and therefore help you control your emotions.
- Visit a Psychologist or mental health specialist: women with severe PMS can suffer from depression, suicidal thoughts and even problems with their day-to-day relationships. To help find the best tools to work with these symptoms, its best to have someone you can talk to during these days and even during other times in the month.
- Do something fun: Go out, do something different, something fun, out of the ordinary. Go hire a limo, get a group together and have a big laugh. You will love it. No occasion, just go do it.