PMS & Anxiety

This post is mostly for women however it wouldn’t hurt for men to have a greater understanding of this topic!

What is PMS?

Premenstrual syndrome is a whole load of symptoms women experience before they get their period. Now most women think that they only get symptoms when they are actually having their period and bleeding. Actually the women’s menstrual cycle is usually estimated at around 28 days give or take. During this time from day one the body is constantly changing due to our hormone levels of Estrogen and Progesterone.

So what symptoms can we experience leading up to our period?

  1. Tiredness! Now this one hits me at about 10-14 days before my period and OMG I feel exhausted from it!
  2. Irritable mood. Yes that is the one everyone associates with PMS. This symptom however can really affect a person especially if they have to face a bunch of annoying people at work or are in a relationship.
  3. Headaches. I never used to get headaches at all however since having my daughter they are a monthly joy! NOT. Obviously after having a baby my hormone balance has changed.
  4. Acne and oily hair. YES another lovely symptom women have to endure. I have learnt that closer to my period usually the second half of my cycle I use a lot less conditioner to help with the oils in my hair. I also use a charcoal and tea tree soap for my face which has really helped.
  5. Bloating. Just to add to the feelings we already have with our bodies we tend to get bloated and it can be really uncomfortable.
  6. ANXIETY! So for those who already suffer from daily anxiety this symptom is really really shitty. Everything becomes really overwhelming, you want to hide away, see know one and decision making just shouldn’t happen at all.
  7. Breast tenderness. Well don’t think I need to explain this one ladies…
  8. Nausea. This is a new symptom for me and I usually have it the night before I’m due to start my period.

How can we help ourselves during our cycle?

Vitamins- I have recently started making sure I am taking all the vitamins I need along side a healthy diet. B6 and Magnesium are a must. As well as iron to help replenish yourself after bleeding.

Medicinal – Ashwanganda- Good for reducing anxiety, stress and depression.

Agnus Castus- Used to relieve symptoms of PMS

Exercise- The week before your due your period maybe do low intensity exercise like Yin Yoga. Know one wants to plan a 10k run when we all feel like crap!

Meditation- This can help those who are naturally more anxious. Just to calm the body down more.

Making plans- Maybe not make big plans or parties on the week or two leading up to your period so you don’t have that extra stress.

Self Care- Have a nice Epsom salt bath, light some candles, watch a comedy, read a book or have a massage. Take this time for yourself it is really important.

Follow your Cycle- There are lots of free apps out there which can help you follow your cycle. You can also add notes if you are trying to get more in touch with your symptoms. It is also handy to follow when you are ovulating as this creates other symptoms and our hormones change at this point of our cycle so you might see a mood dip here.

Finally share this all with your partner if you have one. They need to know what happens in your cycle and how it affects you.

PMDD (Prementrual dysphoric disorder) is a more severe form of PMS and should really be discussed with a doctor if you believe you suffer from this.

Here is a Link on Cyclical Living by Chloe Burcham. It is a really interesting article on how we can live our lives by our menstrual cycle. https://www.byrdie.com/what-is-cyclical-living

I always thought something was really wrong with me because I get all of these feelings and symptoms until I became more aware of PMS. It is usually something people joke about when someone is in a mood. To me it effects my life a lot and adds to my anxiety. Now I know more about the subject I have taken more time to self care and generally just give myself a bit of a break emotionally. Our bodies go through so much during our monthly cycle and many of us are just not aware of it. So next time someone jokes about you having PMS you are more than welcome to tell them to shove it somewhere!

P.S Be caring to yourself! xx

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