I’ve met tens and may be hundreds of women suffering from PMS symptoms and met tens who barely notice their period approaching. There was only one thing in common among those who didn’t suffer from mood alteration: They were all leading a highly creative and meaningful life. This doesn’t in anyway mean that they didn’t have any problem or challenges. Of course they did, but they were always seeing the Big Picture, they had a clear vision and a well established mission, they stepped out of their comfort zone and added challenges and liveliness to their life. They lived with passion!!!
Stop for a while and consider: What is your passion? What will make you jump out of your bed every morning looking forward for the new day? Do you have a clear vision of your future, your ambitions, your mission in life? If not…then it's time to Listen to your body before it begins to 'shout' !!!
Finally, I have to emphasize here that spiritual approach to PMS, or to any physical discomfort for that matter, is never enough. We need to tackle our four sides: body, mind, heart and soul to achieve ultimate balance, health, and healing. So here are some other measures to take into consideration:
• Eat healthy well balanced diet. Increase your intake of fresh vegetables and fruits. Switch to whole grain carbohydrates for their content of vitamin Bs, E, and fibers.
• Eat food rich in potassium like bananas, tomatoes, and whole grains and cereals.
• Add essential fatty acids to your diet. These can be found in nuts and seeds, avocadoes, fatty fish, and whole grains.
• Your body needs calcium and magnesium. The best source of calcium is milk and dairy products. It is also found in dark green leafy vegetables, canned fish with bones, seeds and nuts. Magnesium is available in nuts and seeds, pulses and brown rice.
• Avoid caffeine, fatty and sugary food, and empty calories snacks.
• Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. This does not include your intake from juices and herbal teas.
• Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!!! Cannot stress it enough. Aerobic exercises, among tens of other benefits, release endorphins into your blood. These are your inner morphine-like chemicals that elevate your mood and give you a motivational boost.
• Your mind needs constant challenge, constant intake of new information and knowledge. Read new books, learn new skills, teach what you know to others, join a book club…
• Build a support system. Women thrive in social and community settings. We need to have friends and family around us all the time. Connect to your family and friends, serve your community, volunteer to a charitable cause…