There are plenty of methods out there to stop the pain of a menstrual cycle. What’s not talked about as often is how to manage the symptoms of the PMS that comes with it. From bloating to mood swings and from headaches to stress, these symptoms are just as real as the pain itself.
PMS, premenstrual syndrome, is a very real condition that comes with very real symptoms and consequences. In this blog, you’ll find a few tips for helping you manage the symptoms of PMS in the most natural ways possible.
Relax and Unwind
Being upset and stressed only makes the symptoms of PMS harder to handle. It’s important that you take the time to relax and unwind. Whether it’s taking a bubble bath, curling up in bed to read a good book, or pulling out that portable record player and listening to your favorite oldies but goodies, relaxing will go a long way towards lessening the symptoms you’re experiencing.
While this is probably one tip you’ve heard over and over again for everything from losing weight to being less anxious, it’s a good idea. Data shows that women who smoke are twice as likely to develop more severe symptoms of PMS than those who don’t. There are many options out there to help you quit smoking, so look into them to help lessen your symptoms
Switch Up Your Diet
Changing your diet to a healthier one can have a huge impact on the symptoms you have. While it may be tempting to load up on sugar, artificial sweeteners, and salty foods, it’s not going to help you feel better. Cut back on these things and, instead, increase your intake of fruits and veggies if you want to feel better. You’ll benefit from the changes to your diet not only during that time of the month but the rest of the month as well.
Cut Down on Cravings
Every woman knows that this time of the month leads to cravings for everything from chocolate to potato chips and from hamburgers to greasy French fries. Too much fatty food can lead to weight gain and bloating, which leads to other health issues. Try eating more whole grains to combat the cravings and get healthier at the same time.
Cut Down on Caffeine and Alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol have both been known to make the symptoms of PMS worse than they already are. Coffee, cocoa, tea, and yes, even chocolate can make your mood swings and your stress levels worse. This isn’t to say that you can’t have any of these things, just try to cut down on them during your cycle for the best results.
If none of the natural remedies above work for you, you might need to consider medication for the PMS symptoms. Antidepressants have been known to lessen symptoms. But never decide if you’re going to go this route without talking to your primary health care provider first. Together you can decide what the best course of treatment is for your PMS symptoms.
Join a Support Group
There are also support groups out there that will help you cope with the symptoms of your PMS as well. Whether you join a group online or one that meets in person, it’s nice to have help, support, and understanding from someone who knows exactly what you’re going through.
These are just a few of the tips that can help you manage your PMS symptoms in a natural way. Remember, if these don’t work, then you need to contact your doctor as soon as possible for help.