Time to Talk About PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)
Time to talk #periods. But more specifically, PMS (premenstrual syndrome).
Did you know: PMS affects approximately 20-32% of premenopausal women, and PMDD (a more severe form of PMS) affects approximately 3-8%.
I've experienced people, multiple times, laughing or rolling their eyes at me when I speak out about PMS so I think it's about time that we shine a bit more of a light on the reality of it. Some women don't have PMS, and might assume that because they're female, they can speak for all women when they say "PMS isn't real, those women are just exaggerating" (again, something I've been told myself).
But PMS and PMDD are real, and can prevent women from living their lives as they normally would from anywhere between 2 and 14 days before their period starts. [Trigger Warning] Symptoms of PMS range from low self-esteem, low moods, change in appetite, headaches, trouble sleeping and bloating all the way up to feelings of extreme loneliness, increased anxiety, or even suicide and self-harm (or thoughts about either).
Simply put, if a friend or someone you know shows these symptoms or tells you that they are or might be struggling with PMS, please do your best to be supportive in the ways that you can or suggest they see a doctor for further help. Things that can help you manage PMS include exercising (daily 30-60 min walks are a must for me), eating a balanced diet, getting outside, being around people you love, limiting your intake of caffeine and alcohol, getting enough sleep, talking often, switching up dairy for plant-based substitutes (dairy products intefere with magnesium absorbtion), managing stress levels and practicing breathing techniques.
My little corner of the internet here promotes women supporting women, but more importantly HUMANS SUPPORTING HUMANS - let's keep on looking out for each other, and remember that there is no shame in reaching out for help.