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To follow on from my last post about PMS – 3 Reasons You Want to Leave Your Partner during PMS, here are 3 things you can do to help with PMS symptoms.
There are many mysteries to life and PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) is one of them. Some people don’t seem to suffer much on the run-up to their period. They get off lightly. Others, on the other hand, suffer immensely. No one will truly understand how you feel during a bout of PMS and it can be a very lonely time. You’re up one moment and down the next. And when I say down, I mean crying yourself to sleep or seething with anger for no reason at all down. PMS can make you feel extremely tired and irritated, it can make you think irrationally and can even ruin relationships.
However, unless you want to take some sort of medication prescribed by your doctor and pretty much pump more hormones into you’re already hormone fuelled body, there’s not a great deal you can do to put a stop to symptoms.
That being said, there are ways to help in reducing the effects. So, here are 3 things you could try.
1. Keep a diary
I’m not saying go out and buy a full-on hardback diary but there are plenty of FREE Apps you can download that help you keep track of your cycle. The one I’m using is Flo, it allows you to not only track your period but also track your symptoms too. When you feel your mood change you can check the app to see if it corresponds with the point your at in your cycle. Knowing the cause can help you keep things in perspective and be a little more rational.
This has been a recent addition to my life and I wish I started sooner. If I feel myself falling into a mood or become irritated with things, one after the other, sometimes I put my trainers on, put the dog on his lead and go for a slow steady jog (obviously when someone else is home to look after the toddler). As I said, this is a recent thing, so I literally jog for 2 minutes before my lungs threaten to collapse and then have to power walk for a minute or two before I jog again. But it helps, massively. It gives me time to calm down and clear my head.
Exercise is proven to release Endorphins and Serotonin (happy hormones) in the brain which help to relieve pain and stress and boost your mood. If you’re not into exercising, a simple walk around the block would help too. If nothing else, it would give you a break from whatever kicked off your mood in the first place (usually just looking at your other half’s face will do it).
3. Talk to other people.
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome can be lonely. It can make you feel isolated and like no one understands how you feel. Speaking to someone about how you feel when it occurs can make a huge difference, even if talking about it makes you cry as it does me (yes, I’m a bit of a hormonal blubberer). Talk to your best friend, or your partner or even your GP. It will help you realise how you feel is completely normal and you’re NOT a nutcase. I promise you won’t end up in a straitjacket and padded cell.
Even if you don’t want to speak to anyone close to home, just go online and speak to fellow fire breathing dragons like myself. Just comment below and I’d be happy to lend an ear.
Some people find their PMS symptoms go beyond what’s considered normal. If your mood doesn’t change as your period arrives or you start feeling extremely low for longer periods or getting suicidal thoughts, it’s time to let someone know so they can help you get the support you need. Your GP has seen and heard it all so don’t feel embarrassed, go speak to them. You’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel afterwards. Just don’t suffer in silence.
Do you suffer with PMS? Do you have any tips on how to help with symptoms? Let me know by commenting.