Und monatlich grüßt das Murmeltier: Hallo, PMS!

And every month the marmot greets you: Hello, PMS!

Oh, we women don't have it easy sometimes. At least when it comes to our cycle and the associated side effects. And maybe one or two little things that have to do with the birth, but that's a different topic ;) At this point we want to focus on the topic of PMS, the so-called premenstrual syndrome. What we mean are the days before the days when pretty much everything and everyone annoys you and every little thing could make you lose your temper. Quite a few women feel constantly stressed and exhausted during this time and would prefer to curl up on the couch at home all day. Sure, we're all in a bad mood at times, but in this case we women actually have a scapegoat on whom we can blame our obnoxious moods. And on PMS. Around 25 percent of all women suffer from such mood swings shortly before their period, which are related to nothing other than your cycle.

All PMS, or what?

The name suggests it: it occurs in the days before your period, which can be 10 to 14 days before. In addition to psychological symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, listlessness or exhaustion, physical complaints can also occur. These can include headaches, sleep disorders, circulatory problems and abdominal pain, but also food cravings, water retention, weight gain and impure skin. As is often the case, hormones are to blame. More specifically, the two female hormones estrogen and progesterone. They are out of balance in the second half of the cycle and at the same time upset our physical and mental balance.

What helps with PMS

Unfortunately, PMS can't be completely eliminated - it's just our nature, girls. But if you tend to have more PMS symptoms during the second half of your cycle, there are a few things you can do to alleviate them a little. Therefore, pay attention to a healthy and balanced diet, especially during this time. Try to avoid caffeine, salt, chocolate and alcohol and, above all, eat vitamin-rich foods and foods with a high content of omega-3 fatty acids. The minerals calcium and magnesium can also help. Try to exercise regularly, preferably in the fresh air. This lifts your mood and distracts you from cravings. Try to relax, cancel unnecessary appointments, take more time for yourself. Otherwise: keep your head up! Despite all the disadvantages that premenstrual syndrome brings with it, it still has one very decisive advantage: when the period begins, the nightmare is usually over immediately and the psychological side effects disappear again in one fell swoop.

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