PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is possibly the worst thing about being a girl. We all cope in different ways, and today I’m sharing my coping mechanisms to help minimize the misery. You with me?
The soreness, the aching, the cravings, and the feelings, all at the same time! For me, coping with PMS becomes a battle between my pain tolerance and my sensibilities. In my case, the PMS symptoms I feel include breast tenderness, mild to moderate cramping, sometimes severe cramping (hunched over in the fetal position kind of pain), dehydration, bloating, food cravings (salty foods and chocolate), and emotional sensitivity. This occurs before and during my period, so about 8-10 days out of the month. Sucks to be my boyfriend during these times, ha!
For the past couple of years, I’ve been keeping track of my cycle with the app Clue. It’s so helpful, and it predicts my cycle pretty well, depending on past cycles. If I’ve input my information correctly, the prediction should be accurate, give or take a few days. Honestly though, it’s not the app’s fault that my cycle wants to play jokes on me. Anyway, Clue tells me when I’m supposed to ovulate, have PMS, and menstruate. If you want to, you can set the app to tell you a bunch of other things, but I really have no interest in anything other than those three.
Every month, I dread it, but I know it’s coming and prepare myself for the assault. As I sit here, tucked under a blanket, curled up on the couch, I think about how I take for granted all the days of the month I don’t feel this way. However, it’s not all bad, because hey, I’ve figured out my cycle and my triggers which helps with the coping. I have my PMS days planned out – lots of lounging, snacking, and actual sleeping. Ah, the sleeping.
At home, I’ve stocked up on chocolates, chips and salsa, pickles, and pizza, and I’m ready to take on the next few days. Also, I’ve notified said boyfriend about my state, so he is very much aware and quite supportive (such a darling). Right now though, I would very much like to just sleep through the next week.
While you’re coping with PMS, sometimes you can become overwhelmed, but it’s going to be ok. Try to figure out your symptoms, what’ll make you feel better, and the PMS will be easier to deal with. As for me, I’m going to continue hiding under this blanket until I fall asleep, because sleep sounds oh, so nice right about now.
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