Stop Fighting PMS the Wrong Way – These Simple Tips Will Help You!
You know how stress builds up in your life. Workplace stress. Stress at home. Stress on the highways. We all live in a stressful world, but there are things we can do to lower the impact that stress has on our life, especially when we’re experiencing symptoms of PMS. Take a day off, try to turn off your brain. You also want to turn off the TV and curl up with a good book.
Your brain will thank you for this. Stop drinking caffeinated beverages. Lots of sodas are loaded with caffeine, and those energy drinks are packed with harmful ingredients. Switch to decaf coffee and herbal teas. Part of PMS is related to stress-producing hormones like adrenaline.
Did you know that caffeine increases the heart rate and blood pressure? This causes tension throughout the body. And when you add the stressors produced by the PMS cycle, daily stresses just make the problem worse.
How to cope with stress? Lots of suggestions, here:
* Exercise and nutrition. Walk each day and have a better diet.
* Quit smoking.
* Stop drinking alcohol in excess. People say that a glass of red wine is fine with dinner, but when PMS symptoms have you down, you’re just asking for troubles.
* Meditate. Or, simply lie down in a darkened, quiet room. Place a warm, moist towel on your forehead and let each muscle in your body relax. If you do this 20 minutes each day, you’ll feel less stress and experience fewer mood swings during PMS times.
* Share your experiences. Talk to a friend. Find a PMS support group. Talk to a professional therapist. Don’t keep your feelings bottled up inside. Release the stress within you by talking about it.
Allow yourself some time just for you, even a few hours on the weekend. Get away from it all. Go to a day spa. Visit a friend. Do what you want to do at least a few hours each week.