It’s amazing to be born a woman, no? You’re strong, empowered, uplifted and independent. And about 20 days of the month, we feel like superheroes until the PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) kicks in. The PMS is real, guys. The mood shifts, the bloating and the cramps are not even funny. You’re lucky if the people you’re surrounded with understand this phase and help you overcome this. About 5 days are spent in dealing with PMS, and the other 5 days are spent in flow management. There’s no way of avoiding these 10 days every month, but there are ways of helping your body cope with your period and avoid the feeling of “Why, God, why only women?” Here are a few ways to help you manage.
The first thing we crave during the PMS is chocolate! That basically is sugar. While sugar gives us the immediate mood lift, it drops equally fast and makes us go on a major downer. Drink coffee with less sugar if required. And if the sugar craving is getting out of hand, eat a date instead.
Instead of binging on chocolate, reach out for good carbs like sweet potatoes or multigrain bread.
Instead of beating yourself up, treat yourself! Go hit the spa, or shop online if you’re too dead to head out.
Popping painkillers is never a good thing. It may help you feel better that instant, but eventually, your body will give up and finally be immune to these pills. Instead, place a hot water bag on your tummy for instant relief.
Don’t sit around and laze. Instead, try to stay up and about. When you exercise a bit, your brain releases endorphins which are our body’s natural pain relievers. Now, we’re not saying that you need to start CrossFit, but a little exercise will make you feel surprisingly better.
Keeping a track of your menstrual cycle will always give you a heads-up. It will prepare you for the days to come. It will also tell you if your cycle is irregular and if you need to see the gynaecologist for it. There are apps like Maya or Clue that help you track your period.
We know that during this time, no one likes to meet other people or socialise. So, instead, stay home, watch a fun movie, cook or read. Whatever you need to keep yourself busy and not think about your period.
So, next time you start feeling those cramps or weep like a baby because your spoon fell on the ground, make sure to do the above things to feel better.
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