PMS Strikes

It’s been a crazy year during the pandemic filled with all kinds of small and enormous problems.

We’ve had to deal with a global pandemic, our schools, work environments, and health have all been up in the air the year.

Life right now is stressful enough, but we also have to deal with PMS?

First of all what exactly is PMS?

PMS occurs the week or two before the period begins when women start to feel different side effects because of the hormone changes taking place in their bodies.

The symptoms can occur about one or two weeks before bleeding and stops when the period begins.

There are a number of different symptoms, they can range from the physical and the emotional, including mood swings, irritability, anxiety, stress, and gloominess.

Other physical symptoms include breast tenderness, bloating, acne, and aches. Most symptoms will reoccur over time, and women all have different symptoms.

Some women may have severe emotional stresses or anxieties, or mood swings, during that time of the month, but others might just experience a craving for sugar. If it messes with your daily life, then this is considered a premenstrual syndrome.

PMS can also change, as you get older. The symptoms can shift as your body continues to age.

One way to look at it is to ask if these developments cause problems with work or your family once a month and if they affect you in the week before your period. Then, it’s PMS.

How do we find out Zen during PMS?

You certainly can prevent PMS and you can reframe your thoughts about the impending monthly PMS rollercoaster.  PMS continues to happen every month, but there are ways to keep the misery of it to a minimum.

PMS is already stressful, to begin with, stop dreading it with some of these tips that can help you live a fuller life during that week of the month.

There are a number of things you can do to help you through your PMS and to stop it in its tracks. And, as an added bonus, these tips will help you stay healthier in general!

Get Exercising!  You want to get aerobic activity to help stave off fatigue, keep you energized, and it can help with concentration.

Make sure you’re sleeping right!  Sleep can be your best friend during this time. You want to make sure you’re trying to get your eight hours. Lack of sleep can make you feel awful and make PMS symptoms feel worse.

Maybe try practicing yoga or getting in some meditation time. Also be sure to not have sugar, caffeine, or alcohol right before you go to bed.

Try to eat healthy foods.  You want to stay away from sugar and salt as much as possible during this time of the month. And, we have some great recipes on our blog to make eating healthy fun!

Find ways to cope with stress.  You can try meditating, we have a great meditation series for PMS just for you from our resident therapist, find it here!  Another great idea to find new ways of helping your anxiety is journaling or doing some yoga.

Count to 10.  Sometimes it helps if you close your eyes for a moment and stop and count to 10.  It will literally take you only 10 seconds.  Add this calm to a stressful moment and see how your body transforms!

 Try Jubilance for PMS.  It’s the only clinically proven supplement on the market that helps to relieve the emotional sides of PMS including stress, anxiety, irritability, and gloominess.  Find out more about Jubilance on their website at!

Finding that Inner Peace

Having a period means that you’re part of a group of people that can always relate to you, we’re women, or people with periods, who are all embracing the history of the rituals of our bodies.

Find that inner peace by choosing to find the zen in your everyday life. You are deciding to practice this life-affirming peace, you are choosing to find behaviors that can help you find the calm in the madness of our world.

Make sure you ask for help if you need it, your friends and family are there for you, and who knows, they might be struggling with the same issue. It’s strong to talk about your problems and worries, get the help that you need.

It’s one step at a time.

About The Author:

Alice Cash is a writer based in New York City who hosts a podcast shattering the taboo of menstruation, Weekly Woman.  When she’s not writing, you can find her directing in the theatre, on a rock wall, or helping plant flowers in Central Park.

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