Wellness

Looking after yourself during PMS

 

 Currently googling *why do I feel like crying all the time* and *what can I do to feel less shit before my period*. PMS or PMT refers to the physical and emotional changes that some women go through before their period. General symptoms include bloating, cramps, feeling a bit unenthusiastic and rubbish. It is mainly due to the cause of changes in oestrogen and progesterone. From cycle to cycle my PMS fluctuates from literally going crazy to nothing. On the severe end I can feel depressed, super anxious and unable to concentrate properly.

 

Just recently I have had a pretty hard period of PMS which honestly has really affected me in the work place. I think there really needs to be more consideration of women’s health in an office environment and a way to encourage open talk when it comes to things like menstruation. It can often feel quite awkward if you must take a sick day just because of your ‘period’.  We shouldn’t have to feel bad or ashamed of speaking out about PMS.  

 There are times when I literally dread coming on my period because I know that I can feel so out of control with my mental and physical health. If say I miss a cycle I know that the next cycle my symptoms will be sooo much worse. Online there are so many different theories when it comes to PMS, but I think there are some basic things that I have tried to incorporate into my own routine when it comes to my menstrual cycle. Here are some tips that have helped me in the past that can perhaps help you to:

1.  Get enough sleep: a minimum of 6-7 hours sleep will of course allow your body to get enough rest, enabling to cope this the exhaustion of PMS.

2. Exercise: As someone who does exercise regularly I do tend to struggle during PMS, often I get very lethargic and loose a lack of enthusiasm. This really can make you feel so much worse. I would say try to do some degree of exercise during PMS, I tend to still stick to running but may not run as far. It may feel like the hardest thing to do but the endorphins released during exercise can reduce other symptoms of PMS.

3. Supplements: A lot of women can get rather anaemic during or slightly before their cycle, so a magnesium and iron supplement can relive symptoms of fatigue and tiredness.

4. Eating Enough: Coming on your period takes a toll on your body, it requires depletes a lot of energy from your body hence why you can get urges to eat and binge. I find I tend to eat a lot more before my period, what I am trying to learn is to eat more but more of the right foods rather then junk food that always ends up making me feel worse. I try to incorporate whole grains that are gluten free like quinoa and buckwheat. Furthermore, I personally find eating lots of small snacks and meals throughout the day really helps with my energy levels. So, eating every 3-4 hours is a good start.

Overall there is no right and wrong way to deal with PMS, everyone is different and has a different way of looking after their bodies, as well as, minds. It’s important to listen to your body and do what makes you feel happy inside and outside.

 

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