If you are a woman, then I know you have had the feeling that you are going crazy certain times of the month. It’s those days right before your period or the first few days of your period that seem the darkest each month. Do you suddenly fall into a melancholic low out of nowhere? Do you become overtaken with fiery rage when faced with things that would normally barely bother you? Do you simply not feel like yourself? Then you, like many women including myself, have been a victim of PMS.
It’s that time of the month when your body is preparing to cry tears of blood, for up to 7 days, directly from an unused uterus. Your stomach is in pain, your hormones are a wreck, and you are a hot mess and need a plan. The inevitable woes of PMS can rear its ugly head at the most inopportune times, but here are five tips to help you through.
1. Know Thyself
First and foremost you must “Know thyself.” This ancient Greek phrase is incredibly pertinent when you are getting ready to be visited by the crimson tide. If you know that your period is on its way, you will be less likely to be down on yourself. There have been days that I sighed a deep sense of relief just knowing that it is my uterus that is going crazy and not me. It is also very important to know when it’s that time of the month so that you can make certain tweaks to your activities and schedule.
2. Extra Rest
In ancient times and even in certain tribes today, women’s bodies would sync with each other during that time of the month. When the women in the tribe would start their menstrual cycle, they would all gather together and walk outside of town to set up camp and rest away from the others. The women would lay around and help each other through this time. We don’t have lives that are conducive to this anymore, but that doesn’t mean some form of this should not be repeated. So when you are getting ready to start your cycle, set aside extra time to rest. Put your pajamas on a little earlier or stay in them a little later, light candles and watch movies or read a good book in bed. Your body needs the time to restore.
3. Light Exercise
During your time of the month, it is still fine to work out, just slow it down a bit. Do not push yourself at this time. You probably won’t feel like pushing it anyhow, unless you’re a type A personality, so I am speaking to you A’s. If you go too hard, you are going against the natural inclination your body is hinting at. If you are a marathon runner, consider decreasing the duration you run. If you practice yoga, avoid inversions so that you aren’t going against the flow of blood. A nice calming walk in nature will relax your mind and help you restore yourself back to peace.
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4. Comfort Food
During your menstrual cycle, consider eating and drinking comforting food and drinks. I’m not talking about “comfort” foods, like pizza or ice cream. Comforting foods like warm oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon and cardamom, will sit warmly in your belly, helping you, feel nourished and calm. Have a few cups of chamomile tea throughout the day to ease your nerves and agitation. Avoid large amounts of caffeine which will only hype you up and intensify any irritation you are already experiencing.
5. Be Careful Little Eyes What You See
Control what you read, watch or focus on. If you feel pulled toward negativity during this time of the month, try to avoid things that will feed that at all costs. Make sure you are watching movies or reading things that will cheer you up. For that matter, be careful little ears what you hear and be careful little mouth what you speak! Be keenly aware of what you listen to and think intently before you use your words with other.
Being a woman is a lovely thing; I wouldn’t trade places with a man for anything. But that doesn’t mean we have it easy. Don’t allow yourself to be thrown by your body’s natural cycles. You have an 8 lb. gray object that sits right on top of your shoulders that can really make this time of the month easier, so use it!