An emotional mess

The chocolate m&m’s, almonds, cashews & peanut butter pretzels taste sooooo good. Salty and sweet. Yes, it’s that time of the month. Yes I’m hungry and tired. Yes I will cry one minute, get angry the next and then laugh in another. Just give me a quiet room, lots of food and Steel Magolias. Has anyone else ridden this PMS roller coaster?

I feel badly for my family and friends, but only after I’ve discovered that maybe I overreacted to a situation. That doesn’t happen right away either. Sometimes it’s a few minutes, a few hours or even a few days. Let’s face it…we become a little on edge emotionally when it gets close to that time of the month. There actually is some science behind it. Premenstrual sysndrome effects approximately 85% of women. Only 3 – 8% of women have severe symptoms which require treatment. Progesterone and estrogen horome levels fluctuate when a women is nearing her cycle and while she’s on it. The symptoms usually occur during the week before and the week of a woman’s cycle and tend do be relieved once a woman starts menstruating. What are these symptoms?

  • Acne
  • Swollen or tender breasts
  • Feeling tired
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Upset stomach, bloating, constipation or diarrhea 
  • Headache or backache
  • Appetite changes or food cravings
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Trouble with concentration or memory
  • Tension, irritability, mood swings, or crying spells
  • Anxiety or depression

Symptoms vary from woman to woman and some women may be lucky enough to only experience one symptom. Other women may find that her symptoms vary from month to month. We can’t prevent it and we can’t always control it, but we can do things to maybe help us deal with it a little better.

Avoid caffeine which will effect your mood. (I am a coffee junkie & even though I am a nutritionist and I know not to drink more than one cup a day…I love my coffee. bad, bad, bad) Avoid alcohol. Hello ladies, there are so many reasons we should avoid alcohol, but we all know that we don’t need any help impairing our rational thinking when we are pmsing. Just sayin. Avoid salt and sugar which will cause you to retain fluids, make you feel bloated and of course gain weight. Get enough sleep! Any other women out there suffer from the “I didn’t get everything done on my to do list today, oh and oops forgot to turn the light off, did I pay that bill, and Jan’s birthday is tomorrow so I’ve gotta get her card”….yadayadayada. Go to sleep. My husband says it all of the time to me. He doesn’t understand of course because he can sleep if World War 3 was happening. Eating healthy foods which nourish your body and help to fuel your body properly is always a good plan. Don’t smoke! Need I say anything about this, really? Nicotine makes people irritable anyway. We don’t need help while pmsing. Exercise! Exercise regularly. You don’t have time? I get it. Just do 20 minutes every day. We can all find 20 minutes. Play with your kids in the yard. That counts! PRAY! Yes, we should all be praying daily anyway, but God created us this way so He can definitely help us out. Last but not least, get together with your girlfriends. We are all in this together and we can rely on one another, hold each other’s hand and get each other through.

Proverbs 29:11  – A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Ecclesiastes 3:4  – A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Romans 12:15  – Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

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