4 Quick Tips for Managing Your Hormonal PMS Mood Swings

I'm PMSing and my mood has been a bit off the last couple of days. Last night I woke up in a cold sweat worrying about the stresses of being a budding entrepreneur. My mind raced with "what if" scenarios, and my chest began to pound. Then I remembered that if I truly want to do the right thing for me and my business, I should stop worrying altogether. Instead, I chose to breathe and shut the worry off. I instantly fell into a deep sleep and woke up refreshed. Sometimes when I PMS, I let my PMS symptoms take full control of me. I blame my bad eating habits and hormonal moods swings on my PMS, but today I made a strong and conscious decision to not let it control me. I made the deliberate choice to choose happiness and conquer the day. Some tips and tricks I tried:

Wake Up Grateful

Most of us wake up and instantly check our texts, Facebook, and emails. "What did I miss?" "What do I have to do?" Instead of reacting immediately, ease into your day. Wake up and feel your clean sheets and comfortable blanket against your body. Look out the window and take in the sounds outside. Breathe for a moment and think about all that you have; a roof over your head, a yummy breakfast waiting for you, the ability to go for a walk or a jog. It's totally the simple things in life that can help you feel grateful. Tip: keep your phone in the other room so you are not tempted to reach for it first thing.

Breathe and/or Meditate

Breathing will bring you back to basics and help you feel centered. Breathing allows you a moment to set back from a situation or a thought and observe it rather than run with it. A moment can make all the difference in the world. Taking five minutes to meditate can be even more beneficial. Clearing your mind of clutter and being more present will help you react to tough situations with a bit more grace and kindness.

Workout

It's more difficult to find the motivation to work out when you're PMSing, but working out is a great source of PMS relief! Pumping some iron or pounding the pavement releases tension and endorphins. If you're about to have a total meltdown, put your hands high above your head and stretch. This will allow you to breathe more oxygen and make you feel more powerful. Whenever I feel weak or intimidated, my mantra is "Head up. Hands up."

Avoid Sugar

There was a popular diet book called, "Skinny Bitch" which had a chapter "Sugar is the Devil." It is the devil, and it can make you act like one too! Sugar and unhealthy carbs raise your blood sugar levels and put you on a nice little high (everyone's happy after pizza and an ice cream sundae). Soon after, you pay the price; blood sugar levels drop, hormones are off balance, and hello Satan. Eat three small meals and two snacks throughout the day with low sugar content. This will keep your blood and hormone levels balanced so you don't get "hangry."

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


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