Have you noticed yourself to be grumpy lately, with very limited tolerance to sarcasm? Or are you depressed over something you are unsure of? That could be signs of what is called pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS.
Other manifestations include: breast pain or heaviness, abdominal pain, feeling nauseated, headache, acne eruptions, craving for sweets/sour food and irritability.
These symptoms are due to hormonal fluctuations from the menstrual cycle changes. Knowing that you have this condition is the first step to dealing with it. Here are a few things you can do to manage PMS:
- Keep track of your menstrual cycle so you know when PMS will appear. It is normally a week or two before you have your menstrual flow.
- Be conscious of your feelings and deal with the feelings of irritability and depression, you may want to tell yourself that this is just temporary so control your reactions.
- Apply warm compress to ease the breast pain and abdominal pain.
- Avoid salty and fatty foods as these tend to make you feel more bloated.
- Have enough rest and sleep but if no relief to your headache you may take an analgesic.
- Other than staying away from fatty foods keep your skin clean to minimize acne eruptions.
- Include exercise in your regular routine as this helps decrease PMS syndrome.