Four reasons to learn to love PMS
We all have our own relationships with our menstrual cycles. Often times this relationship is less favorable.
PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, can be associated with a range of symptoms, from cramping to irritability to fatigue – and more. Many menstruating people tend to loathe PMS because of the discomfort it brings. PMS can put a damper on our daily activities, but it also has advantages.
I know it sounds a little crazy, but listen to me, there are reasons to love PMS. Read on to find out what they are!
It gives you insight into your health
Your period can give you valuable insights into your health. Some health professionals consider menstruation to be another important sign, similar to our blood pressure and temperature.
Same goes for PMS, which is part of your menstrual cycle.
If you have severe PMS symptoms such as cramps, breakouts, and mood swings, these could indicate a hormonal imbalance.
PMS gives you the opportunity to see changes in your body noticeably from month to month. You may notice differences based on your diet, amount of exercise, stress level, and more.
Why is that important?
You receive real-time information about your body, how certain lifestyle habits affect it, and can pass this information on to your doctor.
If you notice changes in your PMS symptoms, make sure you track them using a cycle journal or period tracking app.
Time to slow down
Our society does not always offer much room for downtime. Sometimes we keep zooming in Go mode until our body suddenly forces us to stop.
For many menstruating people, PMS does just that.
We might feel the pressure to keep charging and checking off tasks on our to-do list while our body begs for a break.
While you probably can’t put off all of the responsibilities, try to plan ahead and find small changes that will give you an opportunity to slow down.
How can you support this need to slow down? Can you rearrange meetings, appointments, and social gatherings? Can you avoid big projects coming due around this time? Can you sleep ten minutes more?
It is time for you to slow down.
A chance to think
I may preach to the choir here, but it’s not uncommon for intense emotions to arise in the time before your period.
PMS can put insecurities, worries, unresolved trauma, harassing fears, and more in a clear light.
This can be daunting and enough to get everyone to check out. It is perfectly fine and normal to do this, but these intense emotions can also be a chance to reflect and heal.
The saying “the only way out is through” applies here. Although you may not feel these emotions as deeply for the rest of the month, they are there and linger beneath the surface.
PMS gives us the opportunity to really sit with these feelings and process them when we choose to.
This is a good time to schedule a therapy session if you have access to it. If you don’t have a therapist, there are many other tools you can use to reflect and adjust, such as: B. Journaling, guided meditations, or talking to a trusted loved one.
Know it’s okay to check out. Sometimes reality TV and ice cream straight out of the bin is the best medicine.
If your mental health feels uncontrollable during PMS, it may be an indication of a more serious problem called premenstrual dysphoria (PMDD).
PMDD is sometimes caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, similar to depression and other mental disorders. Symptoms of PMDD include depression, anger and irritability, insomnia, uncontrollability, hopelessness and many more. If you think you have PMDD we recommend seeking professional assistance instead of just sitting with your emotions.
An invitation to self-sufficiency
Your body works hard while you have PMS. This time of the month offers you an invitation to serious self-care – not that you need one.
How will you support yourself through the process as you slow down and reflect on the emotions that arise?
Self-care can be different for everyone, and what you need may change from cycle to cycle.
Here are some of our most popular PMS self-care tools:
- To take a bath. Light a candle, take a luxurious bath balm, put on a face mask, and sink in. Ahhh.
- Masturbate. Solo sex can help lift your mood and can even help with cramps.
- Eat your favorite foods. Eating heals, indulge in an uplifting movie, and enjoy your favorite snacks.
PMS can be intense and you shouldn’t suffer from it. Hopefully, while it might not be your favorite time of the month, it gave you a few reasons to love or at least tolerate it.