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Overcome PMS Moodiness With These Helpful Tips

Updated: Jun 19, 2019

by Ciana Chin. |

PMS moodiness is something that we are all familiar. We’ve either experienced it personally or with our respective partners on a monthly basis. It’s not an easy feat to handle the hormone changes with nothing to reduce its impact on our lives. Yet it’s safe to assume that we’re exhausted from dealing with irritability, heightened emotions, the strong desire to cry, and terrible mood swings that arise from the hormones.

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Have you ever wondered how to keep it under control while you attend to more important matters in life? Or how to help your other half cope with the symptoms? Fret not, below are four tips that I’ll like to share with you. As each one of us suffers from PMS moodiness in a different way, I can only list down the ones from my personal experience.

1. Sweat it out

It’s easier said than done when you come to think of it. I understand that in our hectic life, we wouldn’t have much free time to think about working out. It’s easy when you come to think of it, though. It doesn’t have to involve a trip to the gym. You can take the staircase instead of riding with the elevator to your intended floor. You could have a run around your neighbourhood park, cycle during the weekend mornings or evenings. Even a short run is beneficial for your emotions. I know that you wouldn’t want to move around more than necessary when you’re moody, but trust me, being on the go helps a lot.

The reason stems from the endorphins that the body produces when you’re exercising. It will make you feel much happier and able to conquer the world instead of hating everyone around you.

2. Leave the sugary drinks and foods aside

I can imagine your jaws dropping at the mention of this.

“I can’t survive without my bubble milk tea!”

I mean, if we could, we’d amp up our sugar intake to improve our feelings. Yes, you may also be tempted to stay indoors and eat that pint of ice cream with Netflix on. While that may help with your emotions, it’ll wreak havoc on the weighing scale and make you feel worse at the sight of your weight. Everyday Health.com has also hinted at the importance of avoiding sugar, where steering clear of candy, soda, and other sugary foods, especially in the week before you anticipate your period, may help ease severe PMS symptoms by preventing mood swings associated with blood sugar fluctuations.

That’s not to say that you need to completely stay away from sugar because that could be merely impossible – try to reduce as much sugar when ordering drinks especially during your yum cha sessions! If you’re craving for a sweet drink, try adding fruits to your water or tea to add flavour.

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As an alternative, try going the savoury route by having more calcium-based foods like yoghurt and milk instead. Calcium supplements are also another alternative that you can consider adding to your diet. A 2017 Iranian clinical study that was done to survey the effects of calcium on moodiness has illustrated its potential in reducing most of the symptoms that we have, i.e. the heightened emotions and irritability. It will make you feel better without the side effects of added sugar in your bloodstream.

3. Avoid coffee and alcohol

If you’re someone like me who loves caffeine and needs it to function throughout the day, it’ll be difficult to stay away from it when your period is on the way. Sometimes, you might still find yourself being snappy after having your coffee fix, maybe it’s time to consider replacing it with caffeinated tea - it has tannin and theanine. Both of these chemical properties have a calming effect on your mood.

As for alcohol, your weekly girls’ night out could make your moodiness even harder to deal with. We might think that it takes the stress away but alcohol itself is a depressant. So, it could make you even more irritable or turn you into someone who easily cries her heart out. In short, your emotions could run wild.

4. Stress

We all know the damaging effects of stress on our body and to keep your stress either from studies or the workplace at bay, EveryDay Health.com to give mediation, deep breathing exercises or yoga a try. Furthermore, you might want to consider going for therapy as an individual or in a group as it ‘has also been found to be an effective PMS treatment for women with severe mood swings and debilitating emotional changes.

Essential oils like lavender or ylang ylang is another quick and simple way to to help to ease your mind as well. You can always keep a bottle in a bag and grab it when you’re feeling a little stressed out.

We hope that these tips would help you to relieve your PMS moodiness.

Take it easy on yourself!

You can also find out more about Ciana on her Instagram.

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