Let’s face it ladies: we have all been there. One second you are doing as fine as hay, going along with sweet life.
Then, the next, your insides are like a raging bull, and you feel like biting off the head of every other person that you come across. Mood swings can be treacherous at times, so you need a strategy in order to tackle them.
Mood swings tend to occur right before a woman gets her period. Now, until your menstruation begins, you are likely to experience some of the worst days of your life. Everything will look hideous, and you will feel agitated. What is more, everyone and everything is a bother, and nothing makes sense.
You will not feel like speaking to anybody. Plus, frankly, if you are very sensitive and irritable, you will just want to burn down the whole world in those days. What with all the cramps and bloating that tends to occur beforehand, it can really get out of hand.
However, there are certain ways you can manage your mood swings. You can even bring them under control. In the following few paragraphs, we have highlighted some of the best things that you can do if you want to stop feeling the urge to kill everyone.
1. Keep Your Hands Off That Cup of Caffeine
Now, for most women, having a cup of coffee in the morning is routine. They can’t function without it. They need it to get their minds working.
However, there has been research which concludes that skipping your morning java might actually be beneficial for you if you are about to start your period.
According to the research, the effects of caffeine are magnified during the time of pre-menstruation, which ultimately leads to greater tenderness of the breasts, as well as increased nervousness and a greater amount of irritability.
Rather than drinking tea, coffee or any other caffeinated soft drinks, you could use herbal teas, as well as other decaffeinated drinks, especially when you are showing the symptoms of PMS.
2. Try Natural Potions: Chamomile Tea
We have already mentioned how you could reduce your caffeine intake in order to significantly reduce the mood swings that take place inside your head. However, another way that you can further reduce your mood swings is by drinking chamomile tea.
Chamomile tea is perhaps one of the most beneficial of teas out there. This is because of the fact that it contains properties that help to relieve your muscle spasms. And, you will be able to feel much more relaxed.
One of the main reasons why so many women suffer from mood swings is because of muscular cramps, which chamomile tea can help reduce. Apart from that, chamomile tea has also been proven to reduce tension, which ultimately leads to a person feeling less anxious and irritable. This will directly combat the mood swings brought about by PMS.
Besides, chamomile tea is caffeine free by default; thus it is one of the best choices for women who are about to start their period.
3. Munch on Healthy Snacks Regularly
One of the biggest problems that many women face during their PMS period is that they become extremely moody.
If you are highly agitated and ready to shout out daggers at the smallest of things, it might be a good idea to follow some simple advice on keeping your mood under control.
One of the best pieces of advice we can give is that you must eat at regular intervals. Rather than cram yourself with two big meals a day, diversify your eating habits during your PMS period.
Eat at regular intervals and keep your body feeling full at all times. This will relieve the muscular cramps in your abdomen. It will also help immensely in keeping your mood uplifted.
Make sure that you also get the right mix of carbohydrates, as well as proteins; both of which are important nutrients needed by your body. Also, it would be wise to avoid all salty foods. During PMS, your body tends to retain water, and salt intake just compounds this problem further.
4. Snooze a Lot
We cannot stress this enough. Get enough sleep when your period is approaching. Remember, you need to keep yourself as relaxed as possible during this period, because even the slightest of things are likely to make you angry or distressed.
Hormonal shifts tend to occur, and you might be losing your sleep over this. Lack of sleep results in irritability. Try your best to get at least seven to nine hours sleep a night. One week before your period date, take a short nap during the day, as it will help you sleep better during the night time.
5. You Might Need a Supplement or Medication
When nothing seems to work, it would be a wise idea to try a supplement or medicine to help you feel better. However, we will not advise one here, as different women tend to react differently to different supplements and medications.
You should contact your local doctor in order to get an idea of what might be best suited for your needs. Usually, supplements relax your muscles, which tend to cramp during the PMS phase. As your muslces relax, your body will become much more relaxed automatically, and the irritability tends to recede, too.
6. Relax, but Stay Energetic
A great number of women have reported that exercising, especially aerobic exercise, which gets your heart beating fast, reduces the amount of anxiety and sadness that tends to build up during the PMS phase.
At least for 30 minutes every day, try to get your heart pumping. Take a brisk walk, go swimming or jogging – whatever makes you feel good. It might seem impossible at first, but once you ease into it on a daily basis, you will see the difference almost immediately. Most of your tension and anxiety will fade away.
7. Hide That Bottle
There have been countless studies that have proven how alcohol tends to meddle with your hormones, ultimately affecting your mood. You really don’t want that during the PMS phase. A week before your period is about to begin, it would be a good idea to lay off the alcohol.
If you still feel like drinking alcohol, limit yourself of drinking just one glass of red wine on a daily basis. However, it would be better if you could completely cut off alcohol from the list. It just isn’t good for your body during the PMS phase. Often times, alcohol might even delay your period, resulting in further mood swings.
8. Get Closer to Nature: Try Relaxation Techniques
Yoga, meditation and deep breathing are just some of the ways that you can relax during your PMS period. Many women going through mood swings on a daily basis often refer to relaxation techniques in order to relax their bodies.
Yoga tends to bring a person closer to their inner self, and helps set their disarrayed mind in order. Deep breathing on the other hand, relaxes the mind, and allows oxygen to move through your body at a much faster pace than before.
Meditation on the other hand, has long term healing properties. It helps your whole body to relax, slowing down your heartbeat and making you much more relaxed. You could also go for a massage or a a steam bath to further aid in relaxation.
9. Cut Down on Cravings
Many women tend to crave different kinds of foods during the phase leading up to their periods. If you are one of those women, it would be advisable to cut down on the junk foods that you are consuming.
During the PMS phase, women crave different foods at different points in time. For instance, you might want a pizza at three a.m. in the morning. However, as mentioned, you need to make sure that you get just the right mix or carbohydrates and proteins in your body.
By taking in more whole grain complex carbs in your body, you will be able to significantly nullify the impact of these cravings. Eating whole grain complex carbs will stabilize your glucose levels. Giving in to your cravings can also lead to weight gain, which is something you really don’t want.
10. Lean on Friends and Family a Little
What are friends and family for, if not for support? Whenever you are going through your PMS phase, it would be a wise idea to talk to your friends and family.
Lean on them at this time and let them know beforehand you might get agitated and irritable. Also, let them know how to provide you with support whenever they can, by listening and helping you relax.
Basically, you want to ask them to take your mind off of your mood swings as soon as you start getting them. Engage in conversation, play a video game or just chat around with others. As long as you have your friends around you, keep yourself engaged. You don’t have to feel like crawling out of your own skin when you have PMS. There’s lots you can do to feel better this month.