ESCAPING THE PMS MAZE
by Geoffrey Redmond, MD
Self-awareness Becoming more aware of how both internal and external factors affect your PMS helps you to adjust your lifestyle accordingly. A knowledgeable health care provider can often help you identify triggers.
Consistency in timing of cyclic biological functions such as sleep, waking, work, and relaxation helps even out mood and energy. This is not always easy with demands of career and family, but try at least to move toward order rather than disorder. As much as possible, important activities should be timed so that they will not occur during your difficult time. In most of human history it was accepted that life is to be lived in accord with natural rhythms: night, day, the seasons, the phases of the moon. Important tasks were undertaken only on favorable days.
Exercise is extremely effective in lifting mood. However, if you cannot exercise as well during the difficult times of your cycle remember that less is better than none. About 20 minutes 4 times a week is enough to help lift mood. More exercise than this may be good for you but probably will not have any greater effect on your mood.
Stress reduction techniques are extremely valuable – and not just for those with PMS. Practices many have found helpful include sitting meditation, yoga, tai chi and regular prayer. All involve a lowering of activity level which makes some anxious at first. Be patient; in our fast paced world these practices may seem to work slowly but they do work. You will get more from a spiritual practice which is harmonious with your own beliefs and values. A health care practitioner who is knowledgeable about these methods can be a great help in finding what will work for you.
Insight Sometimes the anger that comes out with PMS has a real basis. When you are calmer, consider if your annoyance has a justifiable cause and what might be done to improve the relationship. Or there may be an accumulation of frustrations, several of which need to be addressed. The problems may not be major but become overwhelming when you are also coping with hormone shifts.
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