Hello and welcome to my PMS Panel! Here I will be discussing the ins and outs of hormones, cramps, spots, coping methods, cravings, and tips and tricks. I hope you take something from this and that it helps or comforts you in some way.
We all know that emotions, mood swings, and irritable feelings sky rocket for some people due to PMS and it can get in the way sometimes and affect you or the people around you and what you do. Although it’s okay to have a pity party, and sometimes very well needed, you don’t want to be down and irritable all the time.
How to deal with them:
- Cry it out, sometimes letting all your emotions out and letting them do what they want for a while is worth the sobbing. It can be a great release.
- Calm yourself down, take a moment to: meditate (I have a blog post on mindfulness which can be so useful for this)
- Watch a film with a blanket, a yummy snack (nothing too sugary or salty though), a hot drink and some tissues
- Occupy your mind for a while, do something creative! Draw, paint, write, make something.
Ohhh cramps, the dreaded horror of everything PMS, personally I have dealt with extremely bad cramps and to be quite honest, there is no cure. But there are a few ways to ease your mind
How to deal with them:
- The obvious, pain killers! On days of constant pain, I double up by going 2 paracetamol and then 2 hours later, 2 ibuprofen, and so on
- Getting comfy, this one has to be the trickiest! First of all, find a position that is most comfy for you, this could be on your bed, on the floor, on the sofa, your back, tummy, sat up, stack pillows, etc. This may take a while. Next, find the bet temperature for you, it’s so annoying when you find a perfect position but then begin to freeze or overheat, make sure you have blankets close on standby and take anything off if needs be
- Natural remedies. Take a bath to soothe them; do some gentle exercise like going for a short jog outside; drink green, peppermint or chamomile tea; try a heat pad or hot water bottle
Don’t we all hate it when that time of the month starts to roll around, your hormones decide to throw a party and then BOOM, spots. Oily, dry, spotty, or blemished skin can be a right pain in the bottom so here are a few things to get you by
How to deal with it:
- Eat healthily. Now, I of all people know how boring and tricky this is while going through PMS but it helps to balance out those hormones slightly, and every little helps right? (Although maybe not at the expense of my chocolate) Alongside this, I recommend drinking plenty of water
- Have a regular yet basic skin routine. My staple skin products are: the origins “super spot remover”, cleansing face wipes, soap and glory “greatest scrub of all”, and my aloe Vera propolis moisturiser. Sometimes I also love to treat myself to an origins face mask, I particularly love “out of trouble”. It is still very important to moisturise your skin, even when you have oily or spotty skin
- Don’t touch your face and keep your hair out of it! This is a massive one for me since I tend to lean my face on my hand in lessons and forget how gross that really is. All of that bacteria from my hands is going straight onto my face and as you can imagine, it does absolutely no good
Oh goodness, the cravings. These get me real bad and it varies each time, depending on whether I fancy salty, sweet, greasy, sugar ridden. So here are some tips to help you not to succumb to the cravings.
How to deal with them:
- anyone else loooove chocolate? Well dark chocolate is actually a brilliant, happy medium for those tricky craving days. It has less sugar and can actually benefit you in moderation due to its many antioxidants
- Do you reaaallyyy want to fulfill your craving without stuffing yourself on it? Try taking a few bites of your favourite thing (for me it’s usually chocolate) then fill yourself up on water, drink a whole glass, and finally take a few more bites of the food of choice. Really enjoy each bite! Then your craving will be fulfilled in a much healthier way and it hydrates you as you do it
- Only allow yourself one small snack sized thing per day. Be it one packet of crisps, a small chocolate bar or bag of randoms. Savour the flavour and enjoy it while it lasts
Other tips and tricks:
- Don’t make any drastic changes or decisions. I know that, at least for me, my mind is very fuzzy during that time of the month and boy have I made some silly decisions and overreacted several times. Just think to yourself, would I do this normally?
- Watch Melanie Murphy’s PMS party series on YouTube! It is definitely worth a watch for more tips and tricks in a comfy, chatty format and atmosphere
- Try something new, if you get used to always having the same skin routine, same food, same get comfy routine, your body might get used to it so switch it up a little. Maybe try a new hot drink or moisturiser. Or film with a new comfy position
- Don’t be a slob! This can sometimes make you feel so much worse when on your period (I know I feel rubbish if I’m lazy all day) so go for a short walk to get some fresh air, do something productive, or go out to socialise. Anything but sitting in tour room all day, watching tv and feeling sorry for yourself
I hope you enjoyed this PMS panel and maybe took some useful tips from it. Be sure to follow me on my social media platforms (the little buttons in the sidebar of my blog take you right there) especially my instagram!