PMS is little spoken about but is a debilitating condition for many women. Here are 10 of the Best Tips for Coping with PMS:
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These sound like the symptoms of a nasty, debilitating condition; one you would work to treat, especially if you lost up to 3000 days (that’s eight years!!) of your life to them:
- skin breakouts
- food cravings
Yet half the world’s population suffers in this way, and most of us accept it as normal. We’re talking about PMS of course. But there are some things we can do to alleviate and cope with our PMS symptoms. Here are some tips for coping with PMS.
Top Tips For Coping with PMS
#1. Invest in a Hot Water Bottle
Fill your hot water bottle with warm (not boiling water) to alleviate cramps and back pain. Or if you have a microwavable warmer pack, then warm it gently to help.
#2. Exercise Every Day
Even if you don’t feel like it, try to do some sort of exercise every day, even walking around the block with the dog, we guarantee you will feel much better for it!
#3. Try an Epsom salt bath
Add some Epsom salts to your bath.
Epsom salts are rich in magnesium which can help to reduce symptoms of PMS such as water retention, bloating, relieve pain, muscle cramps and stress.
#4. Try to get a Good Night’s Sleep
Quality sleep is vital for giving your body a rest and allowing it to prepare for the next day. Try some Chamomile tea before bed and lavender can help relax you too.
Mindfulness and relaxing exercises such as yoga and tai chi may be effective for easing cramps and pain.
#6. Identify food intolerances
A simple test to identify foods that you are intolerant to and then working on cutting these out may help ease a range of symptoms including bloating, fatigue and abdominal pain.
#7. Balance blood sugar levels
Eat little and often, include protein with each meal and snack. E.g. Hummus and oat cakes.
#8. Treat Yourself
Treat yourself to help you feel more confident and content.
Give yourself a treat like meeting up with a friend you haven’t seen for a while, take in a movie or treat yourself to a pedicure or manicure.
#9. Track your Symptoms
Keeping a diary or using an app is a great way to track your PMS symptoms, over time you will learn what is normal for you.
#10. Open up about PMS
Seek support from your GP, partner, friends and family. It’s always good to talk.
Have you got any other tips to help with PMS? Tell us in the comments below.