It’s all in the planning

It’s been a few months since I last created a blog post; the main reason is that I needed to spend some time on my own battle with PMS.

As I have frequently stated on this site, I have constantly improved on my own symptoms with a lot of hard work and commitment to the journey.

But I am human, and sometimes I don’t have a “Happy Month”, in fact, I have a completely miserable one, luckily it’s not that often, but it does happen!

So I wanted to spend some time finding out what are the real differences between a good and bad month, in areas such as: my daily routines, eating habits, fitness and communication.

With this insight, I then hope to be able to reduce my symptom further and to be able to share these findings with everyone who reads this blog.

So what did I notice?

Good Month

Awareness:  On a good month, I am always fully aware of where I am in my cycle

Fitness: I have a regular fitness routine, adapting at the PMS stage to incorporate activities that will still be achievable with a reduction in my energy

Eating Habits: A good diet with fresh food, water, only two cups of coffee a day and the odd treat*
*everyone needs a treat

Lifestyle: Fully enjoying work and life, knowingly reducing the pace when approaching PMS stage and being kind to myself for doing so.

Communication: Proactive PMS updates e.g. Adding a star to my Calendar, highlighting the estimated start day of my PMS phase and an openness with my loved ones.

Bad Month

Ignorance: No awareness of where I am in my cycle, my mind is busy thinking of future tasks/events that I need to do

Fitness: 2 weeks of regular exercise and then 2 weeks of procrastination and nothingness!

Eating Habits: A good diet for two weeks and then a gradual increase of too much caffeine and undeserved treats 😦

Lifestyle: Trying to keep the pace of life at a constant level for the whole month and when unable to meet my own expectations, adding more tasks on to my to-do list

Communication: “It’s not PMS, I’m fine… “

As you have read, there is a big difference between a good and bad month and the list clearly highlights that there are many elements to focus on if you wish to reduce your symptoms, not just one.

But the biggest piece of advice that I could give, is that it all starts with awareness and being mindful of the present moment and where you are in your cycle.

If you get lost in your work, children, tasks, and to-do lists, then you will never be able to spot the signs that you are about to move into your PMS phase, instead your eureka moment will come in the middle of an argument or at the end of the month, when you would have wasted two weeks of being down, unmotivated and unhappy.

So don’t let PMS win, become aware, make those needed lifestyle changes and have the Happy Month that you deserve.

HappyMonth Plan

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Does PMS really exist?

This question is often asked in the media and a question that some people believe the answer to is “No it does not” …. but this is absolutely incorrect, PMS is a real condition with many symptoms that cause a lot of unhappiness to many women around the world.

The Happy Month website aims to promote a number of techniques, tools and lifestyle changes that can be used to help reduce and resolve real symptoms.

I am very passionate about this topic due to suffering with the condition and resolving it with absolutely no medication.

Happy Month is here to help, please get in contact with me if there is a specific topic/subject area that you would like help and advice on.

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Carb up for PMS Happiness

During the last two weeks of your monthly cycle, energy levels may start to fall and you may start noticing your attention dropping but irritation building! 🙂

To combat this I have found that eating a form of carbohydrate every three hours really makes a difference to the way I feel…. the carb could be a sandwich, a handful of raisins or just a banana – by doing this my energy levels stay consistent and my mood stays happy.

So I would recommend planning for this every month, maybe add a note to your calendar to buy extra food in the week leading up to the 14th day, so that you don’t give PMS a chance to start due to lack of food.

Reduce PMS by focusing on three core elements of self

To develop control of PMS you need to ensure the following three areas of your life are healthy, strong and positive:

#1 Mental wellbeing

#2 Nutrition

#3 Health

If any one of the areas above are lacking or problematic this may highten your monthly PMS symptoms…. the most documented cures for PMS focus on Nutrition and Health, but if your Mental Wellbeing is low, then you may struggle to reduce your symptoms.

You can use methods such as mindfulness, meditation or counselling to help improve your mental wellbeing, making this important trinity complete.