Warning: The 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?
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!