Chances are, if you’re a woman, you’ve blamed PMS (premenstrual syndrome) for your bad mood at least once or twice in your life.
Seems like quite a few of my clients are saying, “I’ve been pms-ing the last few days and acting like a raving idiot. My hormones are off the chart!” They believe their behavior is somehow beyond their control and the label ‘PMS’ somehow justifies saying and doing some of the out-of-bounds things they do.
It’s true there are changes on a physical level, such as bloating, cramps, constipation, and tenderness in the breasts. And often women report insomnia, headaches, fatigue, mood swings and emotional sensitivity.
But it’s worth noting that emotions don’t have to take charge and influence the way you act on a monthly basis. If you undergo a radical personality change before your period, there’s an incredibly simple cure!
Deal with your emotions – especially your anger! Move that hard-to-be-around, testy energy out with some major pounding on telephone books. Seriously, just five minutes of thrashing, stomping, yelling, or pushing will move the emotional energy out of your body. If you don’t believe me, next time you’re feeling so aggravated you can’t even stand yourself, try it! Take some personal responsibility and experience the benefit.
If you’re the type that gets hypersensitive, super vulnerable, or depressed, devote some extra time to crying constructively, and that heavy sensation in your heart will lift. If being tense and irritable is your monthly thing, repeatedly do some full-throttle shivering and shaking up and down your spine and through your limbs and neck. You’ll feel more calm and peaceful, guaranteed.
Just taking a few minutes to move your emotional energy physically will help you feel more “normal” again.