PMS is the pits. And, as women, unfortunately we don’t do much to help ourselves in this area.
We run ourselves ragged, we don’t eat great because we “don’t have time,” and we forget to take our vitamins.
But, believe it or not, in this case, we’re our own worst enemy.
Get some sleep. Because PMS is an emotional issue (just as much as a physical one), many of us suffer from mood swings, fatigue, and irritability. And while there are more severe forms of PMS (PMDD), if you have not been diagnosed with this disorder and believe you are just suffering from PMS, a good night’s sleep can certainly help you. In fact, give yourself permission to get a few good night’s sleep. And if you do think you might be suffering from PMDD, consult your physician.
Consider taking supplements. And I’m not just talking about a little over-the-counter vitamin … I’m talking about, “get your butt some great vitamins that include B6 and vitamin E.” Mary Jane Minkin, MD, also recommends taking evening primrose oil for the two weeks leading up to a cycle. Magnesium can also help with your mood and energy.
Eat right. While you might be craving salt and chocolate (like, who doesn’t?), you’re only doing yourself a disservice. In fact, indulging can also make you feel worse. Fill up on whole grains, foods with omega-3 fatty acids, and dark leafy greens.
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