Dread that time of the month? Tips to cope with PMS

home remedies to handle PMS
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One of the most difficult aspects of being a woman is having to deal with that painful three days in a month, or so we assume.  The menstrual cycle is something you will have to deal with month after month, and for most of us, the period brings with it a phase of mood swings irritability, emotional highs or lows and also food cravings.  Now, this is called PMS-premenstrual syndrome.

For most women, these are preliminary indicators of an impending menstrual cycle due to the hormonal changes the body goes through during this stage. While for some women the symptoms are mild, a lot of women find their symptoms very severe that they tend to make life hell for themselves and the others around them! The following tips can help you get equipped to beat these PMS blues-

Here are a few Tips to handle Periods pain

  • Try to breathe deeply and relax- Clear up your mind listen to some nice music, try and practice yoga and meditation. Include massages, relaxation exercises and indulge in a nice long warm bath!  
  • Get out and exercise- it can help relieve irritability by increasing the level of endorphins in the brain. Make it a habit so as to tackle with PMS symptoms month after month.
  • Try and reduce the amount of caffeine, alcohol and refined sugar your consumer overall on a daily basis. Instead, drink plenty of water and indulge in whole grains and vegetables.
  • Head the herbal way – Homeopathic remedies for PMS irritability have helped improve symptoms for many women. These do not have any side effects at all.
  • Indulge in little cravings, it does no harm. You may want to watch your weight later. This is the wrong time.
  • Bloating happens during PMS and this is usually caused by water retention. Avoid consumption of soda or any other type of carbonated drinks, as these drinks aggravate water retention You are on birth control pills ensure that you continue to have them even in the final week of your cycle. You do not want to trigger more side effects by stopping this course.
  • Vitamins C and B6 also helps reduce premenstrual stress as well as help in dealing with water retention.
  • Ensure that you eat less at every meal, but eat more often. This helps reduce fluctuations in blood sugar. The inclusion of more green leafy vegetables, whole grains, and cereals, fish, and poultry is also extremely beneficial. Avoid heavy fatty food.
  • You should consume a lot of fluids, especially water. Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Laugh- Keep finding reasons to laugh even if it is something silly. “Laughter is the best medicine” comes in extremely handy when you deal with PMS. Find someone who can keep you in good humor and let go.

Learn to accept the menstrual cycle as part of your life, it’s something that is going to recur every month and hence prepares yourself to deal with it. Follow these simple tips for regular health and a peaceful routine even during the most dreaded phase of the month!