In No Strings Attached, Adam (Ashton Kutcher) was super sweet to Emma (Natalie Portman). He got her cupcakes and a period mixtape to lighten her mood when the crimson tides came. No wonder it’s every girl’s dream to have someone knocking on their door every month to shoo away them period blues.
Three out of four women experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms each month. Changes in hormonal levels, along with social, biological, and psychological factors might be the culprit behind you procrastinating when it comes to tasks during your periods.
Physical symptoms of PMS:
- Bloating and gas
- Abdominal cramps
- Tender breasts
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Food cravings
Mental symptoms of PMS:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Tension and anxiety
- Mood swings
- Changes in libido
Alas, the list of PMS and its demons is endless! Most of us suffer under the weather during this time of the month but worry not, there are some natural ways to combat it.
Know your way to a more bearable period!
Go Easy on Sugar
Don’t stock up on that chocolate! All you want to do is wallow in self-pity with a tub full of chocolate ice-cream. But as tempting as it is, it’s probably not the best idea.
As it turns out, sugar is not really your bestfriend! You would end up with crankier and bloated.
Yes! Lying comfortably in your bed under sheets is the only best thing you can think of, but stop with it already! Move around, do not perform heavy exercises but a little walk around the house will help you get relief from cramps.
You can also do a simple yoga exercise such as a Child Pose. It will relieve the pain and tension in your lower back and increase blood flow.
Don’t Touch Caffeine
We all are not lucky enough to get an off day on our periods, so we got to work. That means, sipping on coffee to drive away tiredness and grumpiness. Don’t!
Staying away from caffeine will reduce breast tenderness, anxiety, and nervousness that is suffered by most women during their cycle.
Get a cuppa of Green Tea instead. It is said to be rich in Vitamin K and magnesium to substantiate the outflow of blood.
Food for Thought
Vitamin-rich foods are so going to help you before and during your periods! Vitamin A reduces fluctuating hormones, vitamin B and D ease cramping, and vitamin C will help your body absorb iron.
Some suggested foods:
- Orange juice
- Avocado, berries, grapes
- Green leafy vegetables
PMS symptoms are just too much at times and at others, they are under control. You would have also noticed that every month there’s something different about them. This is because premenstrual syndrome affects each of us based on our lifestyle and dietary intake.
But all in all, who wants sudden mood swings and irritability, in addition to bloating during periods? It ends up interfering with our day to day activities. Luckily, you can keep in mind just some simple tips that can help you relieve the period blues and stress. So, beat those blues by staying sharp and focused!