Today, I’m blogging live from the battle zone of PMS. I attempt to fight this by dealing with the PMS the natural way, and share it with you as I go. Right now I’m in exile in my home office with a shut door behind me, my hair is a mess and I’ve only eaten junk for the last couple of days. That’s really not such a great idea when it comes to keeping your mood stable and nice, so I’ll make that my first point.
Do Eat Well and Befriend Your Blood Sugar
You should always eat well, of course, but when the ovulation is over and PMS is about to hit, you are navigating in a nutritional mine field. Make sure you stack up on raw chocolate, bananas, nuts and other natural foods that contain high levels of magnesium. I know your body might be craving empty carbs at this point, but try put that one on ignore. Empty carbs will only make it worse, as it will throw your blood sugar out of balance. You really need that to be working with you, not against you, so opt for foods with a low GI.
Do Keep Your Stress Levels Down
The last thing you need right now, is additional stress. And you do know how to count (supposing you have a regular menstruation cycle, of course), so if at all possible: try to think ahead of time and see if you can’t schedule extra tasks and chores to a more suitable time. It’s better to work a little bit harder when you’re not PMSing, so that you can take things a little more slow when you need to.
Also, it might be worth a shot to drag your body down to a gym or out in nature to burn off some of that cortisol. Cortisol is one of our stress hormones, which enables us to fight of flight. This saved the caveman from being eaten by wild beasts, and he got rid of the excess stress hormone in the process. We, however, get fairly stuck, as our stress comes from different sources than that of the caveman. We don’t normally get to burn off cortisol by making a deadline or having a confrontation with the boss. It doesn’t work like that in our society, but our bodies still haven’t developed to meet that change yet. So whenever you feel tense and stressed out, you should go out, imagine a [insert worst nightmare here] hunting you, and run for your life.
Do Get Out in Nature
Nature is proven to calm us down, comfort us and give us better health (both mentally and physically), so this might be a really good time to grab a book, a thermos and a warm blanket and head outside. Just be. Breath. Maybe meditate. Make sure you spend as much time as possible in green surroundings. One thing I discovered earlier this summer, was that I actually become a much better mom if I take my daughter outside on days like these. It’s certainly worth a try!
Do Read a Sad Book, Watch an Equally Sad Movie – Or Both
There might actually be a reason for you getting all teary-eyed in the last week of your cycle. Some experts think that crying actually releases hormones and chemicals from your body, so that it can regain its balance afterwards. At the same time, that sadness will also trigger your body to respond with endorphins to calm down. This might suggest that it’s actually a good idea to go with the flow and allow yourself to have a good cry if you need to.
Do Take a Long, Hot Bath
…or a shower, if you don’t have a bath tub. It’s so much easier to feel good if you feel clean and smell of your favorite perfume, so do your self a favour and spend some time in the bathroom. While you’re there, you can cleanse your skin and tend to any breakouts you might have, give yourself a scalp massage or shave your legs. Just close your eyes and ask your body what it needs. It will know exactly what to do.
Well, there you have my plan, anyway. Do you suffer from PMS and have found a way to naturally alleviate the tension and discomfort? Do share in the comments field below!