Stop PMS Symptoms from Hurting Your Confidence
Most people associate PMS symptoms with fatigue, cramps, bloating, headaches, brain fog and mood swings. However, there is another symptom many women experience that is much less often discussed: plummeting self-esteem.
PMS symptoms can make you seem like a stranger to yourself. You feel like you’re fighting the world. Your energy level is at zero, and no matter what you do, you feel unattractive. You look in the mirror and imagine that everyone thinks you’ve gained weight; a second look makes you want to cry. Your self-confidence has hit an all-time low.
Why Do You Feel This Way?
During PMS, estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate, which can affect how you perceive yourself, both physically and emotionally. More often than not, you’re feeling down, which results in plunging self-esteem.
Clearing the Clouds Away
- What is most important to realize is that these PMS symptoms will go away once you get your period. But how can you deal with these negative feelings when they occur?
- Make Yourself a Priority. It’s important to treat yourself and your body right. Instead of simply accepting harsh PMS symptoms, proactively take steps to help alleviate them. Be sure to get eight hours of sleep a night, and eat three meals daily. Avoid salty, sugary and spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine. Indulge instead in fruits, veggies, whole grains and foods rich in calcium. Incorporate aerobic exercise into your daily schedule. Make time for you!
- Do something you love. Nothing lifts the spirits more than activities that make you happy. Go shopping. Crank up the music and belt out your favorite tunes. Take in the latest girl power movie. Share a smoothie with your bestie or indulge in a spa day. Distract yourself from those ugly feelings and perk up your mood.
- Try something new. Trying something different forces us to refocus and redirect our energy. So, if you’ve always wanted to learn how to tango, knit a scarf or bake bread from scratch, now is a good time to do it. Learning something new can boost your energy levels and provide a sense of accomplishment and pride.
- Find time to relax. Women with PMS symptoms often feel anxious. Slow down and take a deep breath. Go for a walk and enjoy the scenery. Put up your feet and read your favorite magazine. Get a massage. Most important, rest your mind.
- Say no to negativity. When you don’t feel well, it’s easy to imagine that nothing is going right in any aspect of your life and you’re in a downward spiral. But you have the power to stop these negative thoughts. Make a list of the positive things you have accomplished during the day. Recognizing your achievements helps build confidence.
- Give yourself a break. Hey, nobody’s perfect and life isn’t perfect. So what if you look tired or aren’t as quick with your daily activities? Everyone, whether they are experiencing PMS symptoms or not, has good days and bad days. It’s OK! This too shall pass.
If you try the above tips and don’t see any improvement, see your doctor to rule out other health issues and to get additional help. You may also consider trying a nutritional supplement, such as Serenol, which contains ingredients that have been shown to reduce a variety of PMS symptoms.*