Sharing tips on premenstrual syndrome self-care and how to have happier and more balanced days leading up to your cycle.
Hi friends! How’s the day going so far? I hope you’re enjoying the morning. I’m going to take a hot yoga class and then catch up on some admin stuff around here.
Today, I wanted to dive into a topic that’s all too familiar to many of us: premenstrual syndrome (PMS). We’ll explore what it is, why it happens, and most importantly, how you can embrace self-care to make your pre-period days happier and healthier.
Premenstrual Syndrome Self-Care
As women, we know that our menstrual cycle can be both a source of empowerment and, at times, a bit of a challenge. The days leading up to our period can often feel like an emotional and physical rollercoaster. You might find yourself wondering, “Is there a way to make this time more comfortable?” The answer is a resounding yes!
PMS is incredibly common, affecting millions of women worldwide. It’s not just about a little moodiness; it can get pretty disruptive and uncomfortable. You might experience mood swings, bloating, irritability, and those delightful cravings for chocolate and chips. Trust me; you’re not alone. At the same time, it’s important to remember that while these symptoms are common, they’re not *normal.* Your body WANTS to be in balance, and there are ways to make your cycle less of an emotional and physical event.
What Is Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)?
PMS is a set of symptoms that typically occurs in the days leading up to your period. It’s like a not-so-pleasant reminder that Aunt Flo is on her way. These symptoms are linked to hormonal fluctuations, primarily involving estrogen and progesterone.
Premenstrual Syndrome Symptoms
Let’s break it down with a quick list of common PMS symptoms:
Mood swings that can make you feel all over the place: elated, melancholy, sad, crying, irritable, anxious, and moody
Bloating that makes stretchy pants the only enjoyable wardrobe choice
Food cravings that lead to intense love affairs with chocolate, chips, fried foods, and ice cream