A Guide To Dealing With PMS... Kind Of

Most of us gals deal with those few days a month that are just hell on earth. Okay, maybe I'm being a tad dramatic but it's de...

Most of us gals deal with those few days a month that are just hell on earth. Okay, maybe I'm being a tad dramatic but it's definitely close. You've got stomach, back and (ahem) down there ache's, you're unbelievably moody, you're constantly hungry and everything is making you want to cry. Well, fear not, I've devised a guide to dealing with PMS and to making those few days slightly less traumatic!

1. Stock Up

There is nothing worse than being caught short. I recently did a trip to boots where the contents of my basket was sanitary towels, tampons, ibuprofen, paracetamol and chocolate.. safe to say the cashier knew not to joke. Always be prepared, then you can be the good friend that can say 'Oh I have one!' when one of your mates is in need too!

2. Speaking of Chocolate...

I'm sure it's not just me that turns into some kind of animal and needs to eat anything everything during the first two days? Get some comfort food in and don't feel bad for having a binge! My personal suggestion is Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream with a cup of tea, although you should try not to overdo it with the sugary foods, otherwise you're likely to see a spike in your blood sugar levels, and then you'll crash back down again, cue the moods...

3. Movie Night!

Get people round or curl up on your own and watch a really good film. You can even pick a film that matches your current mood swing... think The Notebook for if you want a good cry, John Tucker Must Die if you're angry... these are all pretty old school.. Feel free to watch the film with tip number 2 (Ben & Jerry). Make sure you're in super comfy pj's though, and even if you're not cold, you're gonna need a fluffy blanket. You know what, get the duvets downstairs while you're at it.

4. It's Your Period, You Can Cry If You Want To

What's the worst part of the whole menstrual cycle? The sometimes overwhelming pains and dull aches in your stomach, back and sometimes even down there too? Maybe it's the constant dread of overflowing? Oh wait, perhaps the over the top emotions?! Why does every single emotion become 10x heightened when you're on? The most simple and ridiculous things can make us well up in an instant and although it can be pretty funny, it can also be pretty annoying and embarrassing in some situations! Go somewhere quiet and have a good cry. Put Adele on if you want, but just let it out. You'll feel loads better after!

5. Up And At 'Em!

Even though it's the last thing you want to do, get up, get dressed, and get out of the house. Go for a walk, doing some light exercise during your period can help ease the pains, and you'll feel much better to be doing something rather than sitting in the house wallowing - you did enough of that in number 4, it's time to move on!

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