Periods have been notorious for making a wreck of you. According to the study, 90% of people with periods suffer PMS. Some of the most common PMS symptoms are cramps, irritability, fatigue, loss of appetite, and worst of them all, mood swings. With the ample amount of people experiencing periods, it might be safe to say that the population has enough knowledge about PMS. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Even though individuals are aware about PMS, not many know the exact reason behind it.
People with periods have a hard time understanding what they are going through. Decoding your menstruating body can be difficult, and anyone can easily make you feel guilty when you aren’t in control of your emotions. Hence, here, it becomes necessary that you become aware of your mood swings and why you experience what you do during periods.
Also Read – How to treat Period Cramps.
It cannot get more obvious. Estrogen is one of the hormones that affect your mood. It is at its peak two weeks before you hit your periods and drops drastically on the first day of your onset and slowly rises again. Progesterone is another hormone, that is responsible for tweaking your mood. Your progesterone levels are extremely high right before your onset, and the sudden drop in the level makes you feel hopeless and dreary.
Chemicals of your brain
Serotonin drops with the onset of your periods due to fluctuations in hormones. The low level of serotonin majorly affects your brain activity -Mood swings, depression and extreme craving of carbohydrates are quite natural during your first few days of periods. Low levels of serotonin trigger depression, panic, and OCD. One is physically sensitive towards pain and emotionally sensitive towards criticism.
“Cramps? They cannot be that bad.” This saying boils our blood every time we hear it. Periods make us more sensitive towards pain. One experience cramps before and during periods which can easily make a person more irritated. There are some severe cases where people can have unbearable cramps during periods and can even end up getting hospitalised.
According to the study, 5% to 10% of women experience painful period cramps. The discomfort can make anyone “not a fun person” to be around, and one shouldn’t feel guilty about it. You cannot expect a fun-loving attitude from anyone who is experiencing pain, so you shouldn’t expect that from yourself as well.
Deficiency of balanced diet
A balanced diet is essential when it comes to your health. A lot depends on what you consume and how you feel and this doesn’t change a bit during your periods. As discussed above, a low level of serotonin makes you crave carbohydrates so that you may be in the mood for some pizza or a dessert, but that will make you more emotionally unstable. Overwhelmingly salty and sweet food will elevate your mood swings. If you carve anything sweet, choose more natural stuff like dates, jaggery, fruits, etc.
In fact, certain foods can help you feel better. You can eat a banana to ease up your cramps; eggs help you fight PMS symptoms as they packed with Vitamin B6, D and C. Chamomile Tea is a good substitute for coffee, as it calms you down and eases your muscles. Choose dark chocolate as it is filled with nutrients, magnesium, and nutrients.
Beauty Sleep takes yet another meaning while you’re shedding blood. 70% of women have trouble sleeping while menstruating. It is due to your hormones that your body is not able to control its temperature. Less sleep can naturally make you more irritated, and while on periods, it elevates your PMS symptoms. Try to get in bed a few hours earlier than your bedtime to give your body enough time to sleep. Keep your phone and other electronics out of your bed to experience a quality night’s sleep.
It is high time to understand that lack of exercise is the cause of many problems in your life and periods are no time to skip it. While you can choose light cardio instead of lifting weights, it is always a good idea to keep yourself moving. Regular exercise fights bloating, helps in digestion and ease cramps. Moreover, exercise brightens your mood with an increased heart rate.
To Sum Up
PMS is quite common and nothing to be ashamed of. While some things are out of our hands, there are certainly a few steps you can take for the betterment of your health. Try including all the ways in your daily life gradually, and you’ll definitely see great results in your health and mood.
Have happy periods, people!