Big demon energy: Five ways to control your moods during PMS
For many of us, feeling like sh*t in the run-up to our time of the month is inevitable.
Fortunately, you don't have to let your hormones call the shots.
Here are some things you can try if you want to avoid feeling down or angry in the run-up to your period.
This is obviously easier said than done but high pressure situations can exacerbate mood swings. Activities like yoga, meditation or mindfulness can be really helpful for finding your calm.
If you find that you're becoming seriously depressed or angry each month, speaking to a mental health professional might be of help.
Running, boxing, a spinning class, a team sport - getting active will not only release endorphins that'll give you a high and counteract mood swings but will also help to relieve physical pain like cramping.
Studies have shown that this mineral can help to alleviate depression and fatigue during PMS.
Dairy products, leafy green vegetables, seeds, beans, lentils, almonds and tinned fish are all high in calcium.
Swap your three square meals for six smaller meals throughout the day to maintain your blood sugar levels and avoid dips in mood.
You won't want to hear this, but avoiding alcohol, caffeine and high-sugar foods will also help.
This is a no brainer. Your PMS might make you feel like crawling back to bed but planning something fun with friends will help to take your mind off your symptoms.
It's also no harm to speak to those around you about how your feeling and get their support - lots of people are in the same boat when it comes to PMS.
We're not doctors. If you have any serious questions about your period, your reproductive health or anything related, talk to your GP or visit a women's health clinic.
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