From sadness to joy: what is the connection between PMS and Emotionalism
You don’t have to live with the emotional turmoil that PMS mood swings can bring. Instead, find relief through certain lifestyle changes and medications.
- Exercise: Physical activity can lift moods and improve depression
- Small frequent meals: Eating small meals throughout the day rather than two or three big meals may also help ease PMS symptoms.
- Calcium supplements: those who supplemented their diet with 500 milligrams of calcium twice daily had significantly less depression and fatigue than those who didn’t.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sweets: Staying away from coffee and other caffeinated drinks for two weeks before your period may make a difference in your mood because caffeine can increase anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia.
- Stress management: Stress can make severe PMS symptoms worse, so finding ways to give stress the slip can help treat PMS. Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, and yoga.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects a high percentage of women of childbearing age, with many women feeling mood changes in the days before menstruation. And while menstrual symptoms like irritability, anger, and mood swings are a monthly bother for most women, severe PMS can be emotionally debilitating for some.
These emotional disturbances are thought to be connected to the rise and fall of hormones, specifically estrogen, throughout the menstrual cycle. Estrogen levels begin to rise slowly just after a women’s period ends, and it peak two weeks later.
Do you get teary and depressed before your periods? It might be more serious than you realize.