10 Natural PMS Tips
If youíre reading this article, itís not likely that you need a description of symptoms of PMS or to know that it is a common problem afflicting many women, sometimes to differing degrees of severity every month, while leaving several women unscathed. You also probably donít need to be reminded that the physical and emotional effects can impede daily functioning and quality of life for some women, and that over the counter medications are not always the best solution to help manage the full spectrum of symptoms.
Below are several
natural remedies that may help greatly reduce the severity of many PMS symptoms that can help you cope and more easily return to your daily routines.
- Eat natural foods: Boost your intake for fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, lean meats and whole grains and avoid processed foods, especially all those laden with artificial flavorings, preservatives, colorings and other chemicals.
- Reduce sugar: Giving into sugary cravings such as chocolate and ice cream can result in a sugar crash called hypoglycemia, which can lead to increased feelings of irritability and anxiety. Instead, opt for small amounts of whole fruits such as apple or grapefruit to help curb sugar cravings while providing essential nutrients.
- Eat small meals more frequently: This will help to even out blood sugar levels and help stabilize mood by preventing blood sugar drops and spikes.
- Cut out alcohol: While you might think a glass of wine will make you feel better, alcohol is a depressant and can contribute to mood swings and depressed symptoms. It can also interfere with healthy metabolism of hormones, exacerbating any existing imbalances.
- Avoid caffeine: It is common for us to reach for a caffeinated beverage such as coffee, soda or an energy drink to combat feelings of fatigue, but while this may provide a temporary fix, it is followed up by an energy crash and can make emotional symptoms much worse. Instead, consider scheduling time for 15 minute naps when possible and ensuring that you get ample sleep at night to help re-energize.
- Manage stress: exercise, meditation and participating in fun hobbies, particularly activities that you can do outside and with people you enjoy are great tools to help manage daily stressors.
- Aerobic exercise: While exercise helps to reduce stress, it also releases hormones called endorphins and serotonin that help you feel good. It also helps eliminate excess water and toxins from your body to help restore balance. Try doing activities you enjoy such as hiking, swimming, sports or playing with your kids or pets.
- Sleep 6-8 hours per night: Rest will help your body repair and restore balance, so ensure that you get ample sleep at night to help your body heal.
- Communicate: If you find yourself snapping at family, friends and colleagues, consider letting them know that you are aware that your behavior may be abrupt right now and apologize if needed. Do try to avoid conflict and stressful conversations and confrontations until you begin feeling more like yourself again. Also, talking with a trusted friend or family member may help to relieve stress and put a more balanced perspective on difficult situations.
- Seek professional help: Do seek assistance from your physician and/or a mental health counselor if you find your physical and/or emotional symptoms to be very difficult and interfere too much with your daily life.
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