Somewhere around “version 2.8” of myself and the current “version 3.4” of myself, I noticed something. It only took numerous “out of the blue” attitudes, senseless arguments with that “special person in my life” and several of my “last nerves” to realize….I have raging PMS!
Dinner with some girlfriends a few weeks ago celebrating April birthdays, revealed that thankfully, I’m not alone. Turns out that each of us well dressed, smart, sensible women have at least three days out of the month when the simple things can get on, in, around and basically all up and through our last nerve. Causing us to have a decreased ability to filter virtually anything we say during this time period. Likewise, patience seems to take a complete hiatus, as does anything reminiscent of a calm, reasonable reaction. You know what I’m talking about ladies. Those instances when that co-worker of yours who usually jokes with you suddenly ticks you off with their humor? Or when you’ve decided that now is the time for you to tell that man friend of yours how mad you are about what he did a month ago? Or maybe you’re on your couch, curled up with some Haagen Dazs crying for the “fifty-leventh” time over “fill in the blank” movie.
What ever your story is, if you haven’t yet made the connection between your wild mood swings and your menstrual cycle, let this serve as your wake up call. PMS is real and according to WebMD, 3 out of 4 women suffer from it. A total of 8% of women have the severe form of PMS known as PMDD (Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder). Generally, PMS flares up during the time of ovulation. As if breaking into your 30’s isn’t traumatic enough, PMS is said to be at it’s highest in your late 20’s to early 30’s (oh joy).
Well, we’re all about solutions here at The Vyne and while we can’t “solve” PMS, we did do a little research to compile a few tips to at least help you manage your PMS better.
Tips For Managing Your PMS
1) iPeriod – Shout out to my aunt for telling me about the iPhone app called iPeriod. You enter the days when your cycle starts and after two cycles it actually keeps track of your cycle, ovulation, potential PMS days, etc. If you know it’s coming, perhaps you can be more prepared…or at least let others know to be prepared!
2) Radio Silence – Okay, so completely disconnecting from people is clearly not a healthy option, however, there’s nothing wrong with making a conscious decision to limit your amount of general conversations for a few days.
3) Calcium and B6 – According to WebMD, calcium and vitamin B6 are helpful in curbing the symptoms of PMS.
4) Workout – Getting your heart pumping releases endorphins, which make your mind/body feel naturally happy.
5) Table Your Decisions – It’s usually a good idea not to make major decisions when you’re emotional. Since PMS is all about emotions, try to avoid scheduling meetings during this time that may require you to make major decisions and definitely refrain from having “the talk” with your man while you’re in the throws of PMS….outcome will not be good ladies.
6) Aromatherapy – I’m a huge fan of aromatherapy. Lavender is a great scent for evoking calmness and tranquility. Try keeping some lavender room spray handy in your office at work and in your home. Spray it in the air and take deep cleansing breaths.
If you have other effective tips for managing PMS, do share with us!