Irritability, anger and mood swings are very common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) but some of the physical symptoms can be debilitating for some woman.
However, there are methods of managing it. Take a look at these expert tips on how you can manage PMS:
Limit caffeine… and alcohol
Don’t panic – we are only suggesting that you limit your alcohol and caffeine intake when you are on your cycle. These two indulgences can increase irritability and most likely worsen it. So instead of four cups of coffee a day, cut down it to one, just for the duration of your cycle.
When having menstrual pain, take a step back, inhale, count to 10 and exhale. Also try relax your muscles by taking a heat pack to work, warming it and placing it on your tummy. If you suffer from muscle and back ache, take pain killers that are specially design for period pain, or treat yourself to a massage.
Take a supplement
Your vitamin regime helps but when on your period, you need extra help – take Primeve Plus capsules when symptoms arise – it’s an Evening Primrose Oil supplement that is designed for the general well-being of women (9 years and older). These soft gel capsules contain:
- Evening Primrose Oil which may be used to help improve and decrease the severity of breast pain.
- Magnesium which contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism. It plays a role in reducing fatigue and helps to balance electrolytes.
- Vitamin B6 which contributes to normal psychological function, assists with the regulation of hormonal activity, and contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system.
- Vitamin E which is a natural antioxidant that is essential for the maintenance of healthy skin. It protects cells from the effects of free radicals, and it also may improve and decrease the intensity of breast pain.
- Zinc which helps to maintain healthy skin and nails and contributes to normal fertility and reproduction.
While you might feel lethargic, you’ll thank yourself after doing a bit of exercise. The endorphins will do wonders for your mood, so head to that yoga, Pilates or Zumba class. It will be well worth it for the “feel good” chemicals your body will release.
Digital Editor at woman&home magazine, F1 Fan, Chocoholic.