PMS is that horrible time of the month we all dread. For some of us, it’s worse than the actual period. It’s important to know how to manage your PMS effectively. Part of that includes avoiding the things that’ll make your PMS worse. Here are 7 to be on the lookout for.
1. Forgetting Your Vitamins
Forgetting your vitamins is bad when you’ve got PMS. Your vitamin does more than fill in the nutritional gaps in your diet. It can take your PMS from a 10 down to a 2. Some vitamins are better at this than others. Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin B6 have all been found to be powerful at helping reduce PMS. Of course you shouldn’t take any new vitamin without first checking with your doctor.
2. Carb Loading
It’s important that you choose the right carbs for your body. Complex carbs offer your body fuel that keeps your blood sugar level. But simple carbs such as sugary treats and beverages are not helpful during PMS; in fact they can make it even worse. Many women crave sweets when they have PMS which makes this extremely difficult. One little trick to try is trading in sugary milk chocolate for dark chocolate which has less sugar, more heart healthy antioxidants and gives your body the serotonin kick you need.
3. Getting Your Coffee Fix
I love a good iced coffee. Is there any better way to start the day? But coffee is not your friend when you have PMS. Coffee, tea, soda and any other form of caffeine will not only make you more irritable but can increase breast tenderness that many women have before starting their period. Limit your caffeine intake carefully during this time of the month.
4. Skipping a Workout
Ladies you need to get your cardio when you have PMS. Skipping a workout is pretty much guaranteed to make your PMS worse. Don’t cheat yourself out of the endorphin boost you get from exercising. It’s amazing how much better you feel when you stay devoted to your workout routine. If you feel unmotivated then remind yourself that getting started is the hard part and that it’s much easier after that.
5. Overextending Yourself
This’s not the time to be superwoman. You need an evening where you can just veg out in your joggers and rest. You’re guaranteed to be crabby if you overextend yourself. Don’t feel bad for taking care of yourself. Doing so means you’ll be a much nicer person for everyone else to be around.
6. Eating Salty Foods
Eating salty foods is going to up your PMS symptoms. Belly bloat, anyone? For me, the temptation is Lay’s potato chips. It may be something different for you. Whatever your salty temptation, do your best to not give in or at least limit yourself!
7. Thinking about Your Last Fight with Your Man
The best advice I can give you on this subject is just don’t go there. PMS is not the time to think about the last fight you had with your guy. You’re going to get upset all over again and may get into another fight from the leftover emotions you’re feeling from the last one. Tell yourself that you can think about this all you want after you start your period. By that time, it’s probably going to seem like a much smaller issue than it does right now.