Top 5 Easy Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Unwanted PMS Symptoms
Common premenstrual symptoms such as anxiety, headaches and tenderness can leave us women feeling especially low.
While there are now medical options available to us- many women prefer to focus on ways they can improve their PMS naturally.
So, we started thinking- we know that lifestyle can play a key role in many aspects of our health, but to what degree could our lifestyle habits be affecting the way we experience our menstrual cycle?
What we found was very interesting, so we’ve compiled a list of some of our key tips below!
So, what are these lifestyle changes, and how can they reduce PMS?
Let’s find out!
- What NOT to eat
In the 2 weeks leading up to your period, your body is even more sensitive to everything you consume- from your caffeine intake to those late-night snacks you try to forget about (we’ve all been there).
This is why limiting the amount of foods and drinks you consume that contain high levels of salt, sugar and caffeine within this two-week window could have incredibly positive effects on your PMS symptoms.
- What to eat
So, we’ve established what foods are bad for your PMS symptoms, but what foods are good for you?
Recent research has shown that including more omega-3 in your diet can reduce many of the most common PMS symptoms.
Studies have concluded that some of the least pleasant PMS symptoms- including anxiety, bloating, breast tenderness and headaches- can be managed more effectively by increasing your consumption of omega 3.
So, which foods contain omega-3 fatty acids?
Well, some of the best sources of omega-3 are as you may know, found in fish.
However, nuts and seeds such as walnuts, flax seeds and chia seeds are also excellent sources of this valuable nutrient, and much tastier to add to your morning oats!
Some of the most difficult PMS symptoms, including depression, fatigue and concentration difficulties can be reduced by adding more exercise to your weekly routine- and it doesn’t have to be difficult!
Simple things like walking an extra ten minutes a day or even yoga can make an impact.
Meditation is a religious and spiritual practice that occurs in cultures and religions all around the world.
Why? Because it works! Whether you are trying to get closer to God, or to your inner self, or if you’re simply managing stress levels, the overall health benefits of regular meditation are certainly not to be dismissed.
So many negative PMS symptoms can leave us feeling tired, cranky, unmotivated, or even anxious, that meditating regularly is a no-brainer!
We’ve discussed this one in a few earlier blog posts, but it’s very true- getting 8 hours of sleep each night is so important. In fact, a lack of sleep has been linked to feelings of anxiety and can make other PMS symptoms worse too.
The easiest way to do this is to work out what time you need to get up every morning and then decide on a time to go to sleep every night. The harder part is sticking to it. But we can do this!
That’s all for our Top 5 Easy Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Unwanted PMS Symptoms.
Would you like to learn more simple lifestyle changes that can improve PMS symptoms? Let us know!