Dear PMS....

You’re not alone

Most women experience some symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome) at some point in their lives. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include headaches, bloating, mood swings, and irritability.

The exact cause of PMS is not known, but experts believe that hormonal changes contribute to the development of these uncomfortable symptoms. However, there is good news! Keeping track of your symptoms and making lifestyle changes can help with symptom management.

What you can do about it! 

  1. Learn your body.  For many of us, this is a recurring monthly event that seems to have an element of mystery. It can be difficult to know what to expect from one month to the next, and because of that, it's hard to anticipate how we'll feel. Some months we breeze through our cycle with little or no issue, while others can leave us feeling anxious and down.
  2. Start tracking your symptoms and make note of patterns that emerge. When you start keeping track of your cycle, you'll be amazed at how much more aware you can become of how it affects your moods and behaviors. When you know what to expect you can control more of how you feel. 
  3. Mindfulness. Soothe your PMS in the days leading up to your period with mindful meditation. When you're feeling sore, bloated, and tired—possibly all at once—it's hard not to feel irritable as well. Stress can make your PMS symptoms more intense, so if you find yourself getting worked up, take a break and relax. Resting has the effect of regulating hormonal fluctuations and can thus alleviate symptoms. And one of the best ways to unwind is with mindful meditation: not only is it a great way to quiet your mind and reduce anxiety, but it also gives you a chance to reflect on your body and learn how to live in harmony with it. 

It's time to make friends with your cycle, try one of these techniques today!

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