Why Your Friendships Matter: Through Thick, Thin, and PMS

March 31, 2016

It’s been a rough week.  PMS symptoms and your period are making you feel cranky, irritable, and at odds with basically the whole world.  But as much as you might want to shut everyone out and lock yourself in your room for a Netflix binge marathon, now more than ever is an important time to maintain your friendships.  

It’s Chemical

Women are genetically hard-wired for friendship, thanks mostly to the good old oxytocin and reproductive hormones mixed up in our blood.  As a result, our friendships actually do help regulate our stress levels - which can get really crazy when we’re PMS-ing.  Plus, your girlfriends totally get what you’re going through, because they’re most likely dealing with the same week of misery every month, too.  So they’re the ones who will understand when you’re crying over that commercial and just want to wear yoga pants all week - and they’ll make you feel better about it.

Helping Your Health

Studies have shown that friendships and social connections affect our health just as much as diet and exercise.  Keeping up healthy habits while on your period is tough already.  The motivation to exercise or the self-restraint to avoid sugary foods can be significantly lowered thanks to imbalanced hormones.  Help your physical and mental health as much as you can during this time by spending quality time with good friends.           

Laughter Boosts Your Mood

“Laughter is the best medicine” isn’t just a platitude.  Laughing also helps to reduce our levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, to further help us through those awful PMS days.  And while you can watch a funny show to get a few chuckles in, nothing beats the real, tears-in-your-eyes belly laughs that come from hanging out with your best friends.

Choosing the right friends is obviously crucial for these positive impacts.  By surrounding yourself with the right people and nurturing those relationships, you can improve your mood and reduce stress, on PMS and every day.   

This post was written by Tania Green, CEO and Founder of PMS Bites.

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