It’s that time of the month and you are reminded just how miserable PMS can make your life. There is no escaping from it either. Once you are in your hormonal cycle and until you enter the decline of the menopause, your cycle can have a dramatic impact on your whole life.
The problem with Pre-menstrual Syndrome is that it can affect how you think, feel and act. In fact the whole lead up to the actual period can become a bit of a blur. Your concentration will be impacted; you will feel less than energetic and may feel extremely fatigued. Any patience that you once possessed would have long flown out of the window and those closest to you may well sigh when they see the usual monthly signs and change of temperament. So what can you do about it?
You may not feel very energetic in the lead up time but if you can start exercising regularly and aim for at least a couple of hours of exercise each week, you may well find that it helps to alleviate tension, mood and the pain that accompanies it. You don’t need to be particularly sporty to increase your exercise, instead indulge in some power walking, swimming or even yoga.
Keeping a diary of your menstrual patterns can be quite revealing. You may be surprised to notice certain triggers that you weren’t aware of and it can help you to plan times when you need to take a little extra care of yourself. Your diary can also help you to plan ahead, knowing which times to avoid or when to rest.
It can be tempting to over-indulge in lots of chocolate snacks or some tempting treats but these aren’t really the solution. Try to eat a healthy diet and prepare some food in advance if you find that in the days leading up to your period, you tend to snack a whole lot more. Try to get enough nutrients and if you find yourself reaching for an unhealthy packet of crisps or a bar, instead, have some chia seeds to hand so that you can snack on this high energy seeds instead. If you really fancy something sweet, make yourself a fruit smoothie – strawberry, raspberries or banana, in fact, any fruit that you choose and don’t forget to add a handful of chia seeds as these are nutritious and filling.
Supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil can be useful but it can take a while to enter your system so don’t expect immediate miracles. Many women report significant changes in their mood swings and although the symptoms might not go away completely, they can be dramatically reduced. If your periods are heavy and fatigue is an issue, take a good iron supplement too as this can certainly help. Additional calcium or vitamin B6 may also help at this time. Other useful herbs include:
Dandelion leafs – can help with bloating
St. John’s Wort – can aid sadness and feelings of depression
Ginkgo biloba – can help with breast sensitivity or tenderness.
Stress is a big no – no at any time in your life but particularly when you are feeling less than a 100%. Make sure you have a good friend network and someone close who you can turn to if life starts to feel difficult or overpowering. Take a look in your local area to see whether there are any support groups for PMS sufferers and you can share tips and advice with each other.To help eliminate stress, consider trying to learn to meditate so you can eliminate unnecessary stresses and focus only on any important issues.
Do not try out all of the remedies at one time, but keep records within your diary so you can see if there is any sign of improvement. Try out any remedies for several months and if they do not seem to help, stop and try something else. A lack of sleep can be a problem during this time, try a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow to aid relaxation or take some drops of valerian tincture in a glass at night. If you can sleep well, you will feel more able to cope during your PMS.