10 Ways to deal with PMS
P.M.S. Some women have suggested it stands for ‘Putting Up With Men’s Sh… er, …Stuff’. However those of us living under the same roof as a man might find that our significant other sees it differently.
If once every month you notice your man start to become oddly elusive around the house, or start running for cover when he sees you, it may be a subtle sign that the PMS fairy is perched on your shoulder. Here’s how you can (very kindly, of course) bid her farewell…
Symptoms of PMS
Know what to look for so you can catch the PMS fairy in her tracks. Her arrival is usually followed by any or all of the following symptoms:
-feelings of fatigue
-low mood and/or drop in self esteem
Noting your symptoms down in a diary can be a great way to self-manage period symptoms. Take note of when they occur and how you’re feeling at the time. The more you learn to become aware of your timing and your triggers, the easier it will become to manage the symptoms.
The last thing we need when we’re in an emotionally fragile state is a lack of sleep, so make it top priority to get a full eight hours of sleep a night in the lead up to your period.
Diet plays a vital role in physical and emotional wellbeing so avoid highly processed and sugary foods. Cakes, white bread and pasta, sweets and soft drinks can all cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then come crashing down, leading to irritability and fatigue, so it’s best to avoid them around that time of the month.
PMS can cause emotional stress and irritability so make things easier for yourself by removing stressful triggers from your life when your period is approaching. Manage your time effectively so you don’t feel pressured, avoid arguments and try to put yourself in positive situations such as enjoying coffee with close friends, pampering yourself with a facial or taking time out to read a book and relax.