5 ways to beat your crazy PMS!

 

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WarningThe following may contain TMI, but then you did click through to find out how to beat your crazy PMS so I’m going to assume we’re on the same page…!

To briefly outline, I have lousy periods. I’m always slightly indignant when I hear someone say theirs only lasts 1-3 days – seriously?! I’m in it for a full 8-9 and days 2-3 see me staying pretty close to home. they also like to occasionally ramp it up to every 2 weeks, just for fun it seems.

There have been various tests and attempts to control the situation but basically I am healthy – just a bit unlucky!

Worse than all the above though is the crazy PMS.

I don’t particularly suffer from a great deal of pain – some, but nothing unmanageable.

I do however get a touch of the crazies!

I absolutely hate that it’s my hormones. No one wants their bad mood to actually boil down to their hormones. Admitting that you might be affected can reduce any genuine grievance or upset you may have to irrationality.

I can now see it coming…

It generally starts with me getting overemotional during the adverts (animals and children – I’m such a clique!), I can’t watch SkyNews without falling apart (mental note to self- just switch it off!). As it progresses I start to pick niggly fights with my husband. It’s like an out of body experience – I can see myself totally overacting but I can’t stop myself.

After tearing him to shreds because he left the fridge door slightly ajar (or some other unforgivable misdemeanour’s) I’ll usually have to sidle up an hour later, admit I’ve started my period and he will generally (sensibly) resist the urge to say anything about my hormones.

(Obviously this is 9 times out of 10…sometimes he’s just been an arse and it’s nothing to do with my hormones!!)

So, what to do when those blasted hormones get the better of you?

Here’s my top 5 ways to beat your crazy PMS:

  • Feeling bloated? A bloated woman is never a happy woman (period). I seem to retain and unreasonable (and frankly unfair) amount of water at the best of times so during my period it just gets a bit much. To combat I start the day with a green smoothie – recipe here. I find it helps to drink extra water – mixing it up with herbal teas that are known to flush out the system, think nettle and fennel. Make a point of avoiding salt – it is literally everywhere in our diets, by cutting down on the most obvious sources you can help keep your levels in check.
  • Eat well. My appetite gets a bit crazy, along with the rest of me. Being hungry is not an option as that is just going to make me grumpy/tired, combined with the out of whack hormones and it’s a dangerous combination. I do make sure that I turn to healthy food – feeling fat because you’ve eaten three packets of crisps and a pizza (on top of already being bloated) isn’t going to help. C@*p food never made anyone feel any less c@*p!
  • Exercise. Yeah, I know. Who wants to exercise when your body/head feels a mess. I struggle like crazy on days 2 and 3 but I have come to realise that I feel much better if I do an Insanity workout in my living room (alone!). It’s the endorphins, it’s the sweat, it’s the feeling my body hasn’t totally given up on me! When things calm down I head back out running too – I tend to go mega early or in the evening so there’s less people around if I have any unfortunate accidents (now there’s TMI!) My husband has also confirmed that if I’m verging on the ‘crazy’, I’m usually pretty happy and fairly normal when I get back!
  • Be mindful. As much as I hate to admit when my behaviour is a result of my hormones I also hate to be a grouch. Learning how and when to say sorry is important. I am helped by the fact that my husband it either sensitive to my feelings (or just a bit scared) but he doesn’t throw it back in my face. I really dislike myself when I’m grumpy with the girls – bed and bathtime can be a battleground these days and if I’m a bit crazy it doesn’t help! My evening runs usually do the trick at times like that!
  • Anything hot!  I’m talking about hot chocolate (thank you Starbucks!), hot baths with Epsom Salts (good for the bloating too), hot water bottles. I generally drink herbal tea like it’s going out of fashion anyway but during my period I probably have a cup in my hand at all times – I would quite like it to always be a Starbucks hot chocolate but I refer to ‘Eat well’!

Has anyone tried Evening Primrose for PMS? I’ve read good things but not heard of anyone actually recommending it. Any other tips?

Xx

P.s I forgot probably the most important tip – dark dark chocolate, like 85% – it’s amazing, cheers me up whatever time of the month!

Mama and More

 

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12 Comments on 5 ways to beat your crazy PMS!

  1. eucalyptica@hotmail.com'
    Jenny @ Unremarkable Files
    20th January 2015 at 2:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for the TMI post! I think nobody minds when they’re looking for ways to get through their PMS.

    #thetuthabout

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    • Claire
      22nd January 2015 at 12:33 pm (3 years ago)

      I’m glad I haven’t offended anyone’s sensibilities!! Glad you liked it. Xx

      Reply
  2. jess@jessicapaterson.co.uk'
    Jess Paterson
    20th January 2015 at 10:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Great tips here – for general wellbeing as well as PMS. Luckily I don’t suffer much but I definitely agree with dark chocolate being the answer to all moods! #thetruthabout

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    • Claire
      22nd January 2015 at 12:33 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you – sometimes dark chocolate is the only way forward!!
      Xx

      Reply
  3. andthenthefunbegan@gmail.com'
    Sam
    21st January 2015 at 12:03 am (3 years ago)

    I’ve always been incredibly irregular but since having kids & getting the Mirena coil they’ve practically stopped. I still get irrationally moody though so maybe it’s all still going on hormonally behind the scenes! I need to work on diet & exercise for sure! Thanks for linking to #thetruthabout Xx

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    • Claire
      22nd January 2015 at 12:35 pm (3 years ago)

      I hear such good things about the Mirena coil, unfortunately it didn’t work for me but I’m glad it did for you – no periods must be the holy grail!! Xx

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  4. spidermummy@hotmail.com'
    Spidermummy
    21st January 2015 at 9:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Definitely agree with the exercise one, I can really tell the difference in the level of crazy if I’ve been active in the weeks leading up to it or not! xx

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    • Claire
      22nd January 2015 at 12:37 pm (3 years ago)

      The irony that exercise is the thing that makes us feel better when it’s the last thing our bodies feel like doing!! Xx

      Reply
  5. astrid@astridvanwoerkom.com'
    Astrid
    23rd January 2015 at 9:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Great post! I don’t have many PMS symptoms anymore since starting birth control (and especially the birth control you can take with no pill-free week). However, I totally relate to your random anger when I sitll didn’t take BC (and still at times but that’s due to my mental illness). The bad thing about birth control is I can’t know whether if I’m having outbursts whether it’s due to my hormones. Your tip for preventing bloatedness is great btw. #AllAboutYou

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    • Claire
      26th January 2015 at 2:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you – really glad you enjoyed the post! If you’re anything like me, those bloatedness tips work month round!!
      Xx

      Reply
  6. zarouhi@hotmail.com'
    Mama and More aka Zaz
    26th January 2015 at 8:10 am (3 years ago)

    Such a helpful post with great tips! I find it quit reassuring to know that my crazy is due to hormones not me literally going mad! And totally relate to getting weepy over silly adverts too! Thanks for linking with #AllAboutYou

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    • Claire
      26th January 2015 at 2:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I’ve started switching channels during the adverts in a desperate attempt to avoid anything vaguely sad – thank goodness all the nostalgic Christmas adverts have finished now!
      I think we’re all clinging to the fact it’s our hormones and not that we’re going crazy, though we probably shouldn’t rule it out completely!!
      Xx

      Reply

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