When it’s that time of the month, you know nothing can change the way you feel about PMS. Statistics show that at least 85% of women struggle with at least one ( or few) PMS related symptoms such as bloating, cramps, and crankiness. Here is how you can avoid being the lady dragon each time around.
Have a healthy diet
It’s hard to not eat all the chocolate doughnuts you find from your local bakery during the time. But a heavy sugar diet can weaken your blood sugar and cause mood swings. A salty diet can cause bloating and all that coffee you chug will only enhance anxiety and crabbiness, while alcohol is believed to cause depression.
Work on a healthier diet and include fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains a week before your due date.
Exercise on a regular basis
Experts believe that regular exercise can help fight emotional and physical PMS symptoms. It’s probably the last thing you will want to do, but once to stick to this routine your body will adapt and help you actually enjoy it.
Don’t forget your vitamins
If you feel like you are draining out, speak to your GP and have him or her prescribe a good multi vitamin. This may help you feel less lethargic and alert during the day.
Some believe herbal remedies can help relieve PMS. Evening primrose oil and ginger are some of the few remedies that can reduce cramping and mood swings.
It’s important that you get enough rest and plenty of good sleep. Insomnia never really helped anyone. Try to sleep at least 8 hours a night so that sleep deprivation does not worsen your PMS symptoms. You can also try Yoga, meditation or a SPA therapy to sooth your mind and body.
If you have severe cramping, nausea or headaches consult a gynecologist and have a pain reliever prescribed. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers (NSAIDs) can also give you some relief and be purchased over the counter.
Always chart your symptoms
To make things easier there are apps to chart your PMS symptoms. If you feel your PMS symptoms are worsening over time, visit your Gynecologist with your chart and have a discussion on how to treat it.