During the days before your period, it’s normal to feel sad, confused, and overwhelmed without knowing why exactly. You can thank a little something called PMS (premenstrual syndrome).
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The most common symptoms of PMS are:
Confusion, difficulty concentrating, or forgetfulness.
Fatigue, tiredness or feeling slow, and sluggish.
Feelings of sadness and hopelessness.
Feelings of stress, anxiety, or nervousness.
Irritability, hostility, or aggression. Angry outbursts to yourself or to others.
Loss of sex drive (may be increased in some women).
Fluctuations in your mood.
Low self-esteem, feelings of guilt, or increased fear.
Trouble sleeping (sleeping too much or too little).
Here’s what NOT to do during these days:
Looking at old photos or organizing drawers filled memories. You’ll end up feeling depressed for no reason.
Meeting up with friends you haven’t seen in a long time. You blame them for abandoning you, without realizing that you’re to blame too.
Calling or texting an ex-boyfriend. You’ll regret it the next day.
Visiting relatives in which you have tension with. Your irritation can betray you and you might end up saying or doing things you don’t mean.
Strict dieting. Chocolate during these days can be your best friend.
Watching dramas. You will cry more during PMS than at any other time.
Getting involved in stressful situations at work. Force yourself to be at peace.
What you should do if you suffer from PMS:
Put yourself in pleasant situations. Plan to spend a day at a place that brings you happiness and enjoyment.
Watch your diet. Keep it balanced and low in fat. Drink lots of water.
Exercise. It releases serotonin and endorphins that will put you in a better mood.
Listen to music that makes you feel happy and want to dance to. Especially when you’re alone (there’s nothing like your own personal dance party).
Don’t take anything too seriously. Take every situation with a grain of salt.