Who doesn’t know PMS? I think at some point we all face it, we all know what it is and what it does. Even my husband knows…
So PMS or premenstrual syndrome, is our reaction on all these hormonal changing that are happening to us through our menstrual cycle. You can’t really change the nature of it, but you can change the way of how you react on it or experience.
The problems that are associated with PMS include:
- headaches and migraine
- joint and muscle pains
- breast swelling and tenderness
- weight gain
- fluid retention
- swelling around the face
- appetite changes
- abdominal cramps
And also our emotional well-being is heavily affected by PMS, you may experience some of the following:
- panic attacks
- mood swings
- memory problems
- sense of hopelessness
- sleeping problems
Sometimes we may even go and see a doctor by thinking that we are not well, we are sick or need some mental help. But it might be in fact related to this our PMS and all this crazy hormonal changes we experience every single month.
To be honest, I barely had any of these symptoms, only severe cramping, before I had kids. After I have kids, my hormones are almost like having a party, they change so fast that I don’t even know how to react. Or to be more specific I was getting crazy and insane with my mood swings and irritability mixed with anger, frustration and crying out of nothing.
Luckily for us, we can actually reduce signs of PMS naturally by simple following little steps and observing how it affect our body and we behave afterwards. So the little changes you can do:
- Mindful eating. Here I mean, avoiding red meat, processed foods, sugary foods, pastries, breads, pastas, dairy products, alcohol. Instead try adding more nutritional supplements like vitamins, evening primrose oil is grate for reducing PMS and is great for balancing our hormones, and is often recommended to be used for older women who experience menopausal problems. If you really crave for sweets you can use honey, or mango.
- Yoga and Tai Chi are really great exercises to include in your daily life. They help balancing the energy, releasing negative energy, calming for our nervous system and are very revitalizing for female health, both physically and emotionally.
- Hot compress can be very handy and pain relieving in case of abdominal cramps. Even a simple warm shower I find helpful. Also gentle massage on a lower abdomen in a clockwise direction helps to reduce cramping.
- Aromatherapy. This is really my favorite. I had a great experience by using it in many ways, so I’ll be happy to give you more information on it. There is a number of essential oils which are really good for reducing PMS and PMS related symptoms. However for making it easier I’ll name most commonly used ones and their benefits.
- Rose is very balancing for our emotional health, helps to relieve…