How to Turn PMS into PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)

P.M.S, Premenstrual Syndrome, is a huge problem. As if weren’t bad enough that we periodically (pun intended) bleed, we also suffer from a supermarket selection of other agonies because of it. From around two weeks before ‘that time of the month’ we can begin to experience anything from a bloated feeling to dizzy spells, from sleeplessness to weight gain. Some people discover that their mood swings vary dramatically, easily crying or getting angry over small issues.

I’m going to share some top tips to help you turn this time to your advantage, or at least survive without piling on the pounds, going insane and by gaining a positive outlook on life.

Impossible? I don’t think so.

1) Piling on the pounds

Let’s say you’re beginning to see the signs that Mother Nature is about to drop in; depressing in itself. A lot of us get cravings, the most popular being chocolate. Now a little is fine, moderation being the general rule of life, but too much will just plummet you into a sugar induced spiral. If you eat for a lift, you get a sugary high then a low, so you again eat for another lift…and so on.

What we all really crave is the happy endorphins that are found in chocolate. What should you do? Treat swap! Steer away from refined sugars and sail into the naturally sweetened delights. Most health food shops have a really wide selection of treats like these, so do supermarkets nowadays. I’m not saying don’t have chocolate, but a little goes a long way.

Here are some good foods to get hold of:

  • Calcium is a great way to help your body to balance out and motivate other foods to help you during your cycle. Things like milk, yogurt, cheese and broccoli are brilliant.
  • Fish can reduce cramping, sardines are great as they have calcium in them too.
  • You can kill bloated feels by munching on nuts and seeds.
  • Bananas have vitamin B6 in them, which reduces the tenderness of breasts and lessens water retention and moody feelings.

2) Going insane

Journal writing is a proven method of expressing and dealing with emotional issues. Set aside some time for yourself and just let it loose on the paper. Pages don’t judge and it can help you to gain some perspective. This may save you from having trouble later on with your significant other, and help you to see you’re not going mad.

3) Gaining a positive outlook on life

When tackling an aim, like trying to be a more positive person, I find it really helps to have some goals. Attainable ones! Don’t start training for a marathon when walking is a trial enough for you. Be honest with yourself. Exercise really helps beat the blues. It releases the same happy hormone as chocolate! I love jogging, but it’s tougher when I’m ‘on’ so I reward myself with a treat. Rewarding yourself is good; you are worthy of rewards, especially when you are suffering with P.M.S. But yet again, remember the rule of moderation.

Learn to relax. Half the stress we feel is self induced. So chill! Have a long bath, read a great book, take up tai chi or yoga. But whatever you do, it must not be a pressured activity. I really enjoy drawing, but it becomes a pressured activity when I am doing projects for others. Therefore it’s no longer relaxation.

Laughter, the so called best medicine, really is the best way to kick this problem. It relaxes and helps you lose tension, pumping all those happy endorphins round your body. And who doesn’t feel a whole lot better after a good old chuckle?

So to help ditch the pest of P.M.S., eat well, think well, rest well and you will hopefully have a positive attitude towards yourself, others and life.

Catherine Quinlan

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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.

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