PMS Is Actually Awesome – Here’s Why
PMS Is Actually Awesome – Here’s Why
Written by: Kat Gal
PMS can feel like a curse. It may make you feel moody and uncomfortable in your body and let’s not forget about those chocolate cravings and bloating. But PMS is a blessing in many ways. Just hear me out.
If you really think about it, a woman’s body is absolutely amazing (men, your bodies are amazing too, of course – but let us have a moment of self-love and… er… period talk). It undergoes magical hormonal shifts throughout the month.
Each stage of your cycle can teach you something. According to Alissa Vitti, author of the Woman Code, each stage of your cycle is related to creativity. The follicular stage of your cycle is an idea-generating phase full of ideas. Ovulation is the time when your communication skills are rocking it. The luteal, or premenstrual phase, is when your focus is improved, providing energy for administrative and organizational tasks. Menstruation is time for evaluation and course correction.
It is pretty awesome that you can actually take advantage of each phase in your work and personal life. With the cycle starting over each month, it provides an opportunity for renewal about 12 times a year.
But what is so special about PMS (besides the fact that you are a healthy, menstruating woman or having a cue that you are not pregnant, of course)?
How can you start loving it instead of dreading it?
PMS Is Like A Magnifying Glass On Your Emotions
Yes, you may feel a little bit (or a lot) more “crazy” and emotional than normal. This also means that you are more sensitive and more in-tune with your intuition. PMS is a perfect time to address issues that are buried deep inside and allow your intuition to guide you. This is also a great time to learn how to set boundaries and refuse being disrespected or hurt by others in any way.
PMS Boosts Your Empathy
Since PMS makes you more emotional, it also helps you to feel more empathy for others. If you are reading this and have access to feminine hygiene products (pads, tampons, menstrual cups, or reusable pads) and medicine to ease your cramps (natural pain killers, good food and even OCTs), it is time to count your blessings. There are millions of girls and women around the world who don’t have access to these. There are girls who drop out of school because of their periods.
This doesn’t only affect those from developing countries; just think about the homeless in your own country. Besides feeling empathy for the less fortunate, you may want to drop off a box of tampons at a local shelter or donate to an organization who provide hygiene products to those in need.
PMS Demands Self-Care
Because you are more emotional and perhaps in more bodily discomfort than normal, PMS calls for some extra self-care and self-love. It is time to honor your body with some good food – and yes, you can give in to your chocolate cravings with some cacao raw desserts or dark chocolate, too.
You may need more intimacy than normal. Give yourself a hug, meet with a friend for a warm coffee, cuddle up with your partner or a pet. Take the opportunity to seek comfort cozying up with a warm blanket and a good book.
Of course, even if you embrace these magical factors of PMS, you don’t want to be in pain either.
Here are some tips to reduce PMS and period cramps:
- Reduce omega 6 fatty acids. These are inflammation inducing fats. Try to increase your inflammation fighter omega 3-s instead. Hemp seeds, flax seeds and chia seeds are great sources of omega 3-s.
- Avoid inflammatory foods. Processed foods in general, dairy, grains and vegetable oils can be inflammation inducing. Also avoid foods that you are sensitive to.
- Eat good fats. Coconut oil is not only good for inflammation, but it is excellent for hormonal health as well. Avocados and seeds are also great options. You don’t have to over-do it, 1-2 tbsp of coconut oil or ½ – 1 avocado is plenty.
- Eat an alkaline and anti-inflammatory diet. This means plant-based with plenty of greens, vegetables and fruits, as well as nuts, seeds, pseudo grains, some grains with limited or no animal products. Ginger and turmeric are both potent anti-inflammatory spices that help PMS too.
- Drink green juice and smoothies. They are great for fighting inflammation and alkalizing your body.
- Exercise. Exercise, especially gentle exercise is important for hormonal health during this time. Yoga, pilates, swimming and walking are great options.
- Sleep. Sleep is necessary for health, regardless of your cycle. Aim for at least 8 hours a night. Make sure to give time for relaxation even during your wake hours through meditation, stretching, curling up with a book or sneaking a nap.
These tips should help you through this stage of your cycle with ease. Happy PMS and happy period!
What do you think? Will you love your PMS after reading this article? What tricks and tips do you have to reduce PMS symptoms? Share with us in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a full-time freelance health & wellness writer, content creator, and also a Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach.
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