Premenstrual syndrome or PMS, affects most women. It can come on two weeks before your period and last until it is over. It can cause headaches, cramps, bloating, food cravings, acne, nausea, irritability and many other physical and emotional symptoms. Women can have different symptoms and they could change over time. There’s no real “cure”, but there are ways to feel better and stop suffering so much. Next time PMS hits, try these tips:
- Take ibuprofen before your cramps start. Don’t wait until you’re already doubled over in pain! If you’re unsure when your period will start, you might want to start taking birth control to set a schedule or keep track on your calendar or in an App on your phone. If you know your period will start soon and cramps and other uncomfortable symptoms are ahead, take a pain reliever to ward off symptoms. This is especially helpful if you have digestive issues with PMS caused by prostaglandins. Ibuprofen can help stop the release of these hormones and help your stomach feel better.
- Sleep more! More sleep is necessary because PMS can make you extra tired, unfocused and irritable. If you add no sleep to the mix, you’re likely to be feeling a lot worse. Let your body repair itself as you get some well-deserved zzz’s. Try to turn electronics off an hour before you go to bed to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep.
- Have a kale salad and a banana each day during your worst PMS days. There are certain foods you should eat to keep yourself feeling better and deal with the PMS symptoms. Bananas and green, leafy veggies are the best because they seem to help with everything from hormonal acne to disrupted sleep. Turkey, chicken, and whole grains have also been shown as beneficial. Keep your blood sugars steady too to keep your moods in check. Low blood sugar can cause anxiety and irritability, two already commons symptoms of PMS.
- Exercise more. Exercise might seem like the last thing you want to do when you’re bloated, crampy and tired. Working out will help you feel better though! It can fight fatigue, pain and improve your mood. Something as simple as a brisk walk can be helpful.
- Start taking new supplements and drink tea. Folic acid, magnesium, Vitamin E and Vitamin B6 are all great supplements shown to help PMS symptoms. Be sure to talk to your doctor about taking them if you haven’t before. They can interfere with certain prescription drugs. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is the best tea to drink when you’re on your period or PMSing. It relaxes muscles and can help with digestive issues, heavy periods and vitamin deficiencies.
- Use heating pads. Heating pads are great for cramps. Cloth heating pads are great for home and you can buy disposable stick on heating pads for when you’re on the go.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol or eat too much junk food. It can only exacerbate the symptoms and make you feel worse.
- Make self-care and stress relief a priority. Whatever works best for you is what you need to stick with. This could be getting a massage, taking a bath or journaling. Try different stress relief techniques until you find your favorites. Use PMS as an excuse to treat yourself. Go ahead and get that manicure and pedicure if you want! Chances are you’ll feel better after.
Do you regularly get PMS? What symptoms do you have? What remedies work best for you? Share with us!