Cramps, bloating, mood swings — sound familiar? If so, you’re likely among the 85 percent of women who experience the physical and emotional symptoms of premenstrual syndrome each month. You may be relieved to know that you can take steps to control the discomfort and distress that often comes before your periods. From making lifestyle changes to seeking appropriate medications, there’s a treatment to help you cope with whatever PMS symptoms plague you.
Here are a few simple changes that you can make to make your PMS simpler and easier to manage :
- Rest : Take cycle Day 1 off from work and rest as much as possible. Your body is using a lot of energy to shed the uterine lining.
- Pray or Meditate : Menstruation is the perfect time for spiritual self care. You are the most in tune with spirit during your periods.
- Sleep : This is the part of your cycle when you need the most sleep. Go to sleep early and rise late.
- Be Mindful : As your uterus sheds, what can you shed from your life? What do you want to leave behind from the past month.
- Be Natural : Choose non-toxic organic cotton feminine products.
- Visualisation : Start your monthly visualisation for a perfect cycle. Make time for daily full body relaxation.
- Eat Warming Foods : Avoid cold, raw foods, and focus on warm foods that are rich in iron like soups, brown rice, organic meat, eggs, beans and spinach.
- Gentle Exercise : Avoid vigorous exercise and do nourishing body work like yoga or gentle walking.
- Herbal Support : Brew up a herbal infusion or make a herbal tea that supports menstruation and a healthy cycle.
- . Schedule Your Month : Book any appointments that you need based on your cycle like with a gynaecologist if required.
Bottling up what you’re going through won’t help. Share your concerns and get some new tips and PMS treatment ideas from loved ones or other women who are also struggling with PMS or other menstrual disorders. Also if the problem persists, please visit a gynaecologist. Don’t delay.