10 Life Hacks to Beat PMS Symptoms

PMS sucks… lets beat it together. Learn the easy life hacks that can help put you back in control! 

More than 90% of women say they experience PMS, with symptoms such as bloating, cramps, headaches and sore breasts. PMS can be annoying but it can be manageable.  

1. get moving

Exercise that gets your heart pumping can improve your PMS symptoms like fatigue, and poor concentration. Try walking, biking or signing up for a class that will get your moving around. 

2. Get your ZZZ's

PMS can throw off your sleeping patterns. Disruptive sleep can make you moodier and tired. Try getting into a routine for nighttime – go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning keeping your body in rhythm. 

3. take a deep breath

Stress can add to your PMS symptoms and make you feel even worse. Try activities that promote deep breathing such as meditation or yoga. Read more about how yoga can help PMS here! 

4. get more vitamins

Period symptoms can often be worse by nutrient deficiencies. Replenish your body with essential vitamins and minerals before your period such as iron, magnesium and B-6 vitamins. Read more about vitamins and minerals for the body here! 

5. Drink more water

When your body starts to retain fluids it may seem counter intuitive to drink more. However, drinking more water will flush out your body and tell you body to release the retained water. Therefore, you will have less bloating and discomfort. 

6. limit your salt intake

A diet high in sodium from salt and processed foods promotes water retention that causes you to bloat. 

7. ease up on alcohol

A glass of Cabernet here and there can be delicious, but be cautious of how much you are drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that can accentuate a bad or negative mood. 

8. see the light

Women with PMS or even PMDD can get especially sad, anxious or moody before their period. Try sitting by a window or go outside for some natural sunshine. “Most of us know of vitamin D as the “sun vitamin,” because our bodies are designed to produce vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunlight. What you might not know is that vitamin D can significantly reduce PMS symptoms like backaches and depression” says Garmin.

9. cut down on caffeine

Caffeine enhances PMS symptoms such as irritability and jitters says Healthline. “It can increase the ache in your breasts and number of cramps…It can also disrupt your sleep, which can leave you feeling groggy and cranky”.  

10. massage it out

A 60 minute massage can help you feel less anxiety, stress and depressing feelings. A massage can lower cortisol, a hormone that’s produced in response to stress, and increase levels of serotonin which regulate the levels of your mood and happiness. 

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