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QUARANTINE AND PMS

Updated: May 13, 2020

There’s so much to love about being a womxn. But then, there’s PMS.

PMS- Prepare to meet Satan, is it?

Turns out even a global pandemic isn’t enough for our monthly cycles and monstrous PMS mood swings to give us a break. In a time when self-care is at the top of our to-do lists, a happy period sounds like a great plan.


While there’s not always an easy cure for PMS, the current climate of social distancing and working from home presents a great opportunity to review how your lifestyle can affect your symptoms. Some changes that can be a blessing in disguise are:



Diet : Your diet plays a HUGE part in the overall sense of balance, both in your physical and mental wellbeing. During PMS, symptoms to watch out for include anxiety or depression, mood swings, irritability, bloating and breast tenderness. Consider the impact of diet on these symptoms – for example, a salty diet may make you feel more bloated, certain foods affect your sleep and caffeine may affect your mood. Now would be a good time to watch your diet for this extended period and see whether alterations affect your symptoms over a cycle.



Sleep Hygiene: Use the opportunity of working at home to consciously monitor your sleep cycle, particularly to get into the rhythm of the perfect bedtime routine – for example, avoiding heavy meals and excessive screen time before bedtime. You may find a regular bedtime with a period of reading before sleep relaxes you more in the second half of your cycle, with a real impact on how severe your PMS symptoms are.






Healthy Choices: With the gyms closed and your favourite gym classes cancelled, you might be finding it harder than normal to stay active – particularly during PMS. Exercising-perhaps a run or home exercises (may it be yoga, zumba, weight training or cardio) can have a considerable impact on your body and how it handles PMS and the cycle that follows. Taking vitamin B6 as alternatives helps make "happy neurotransmitters" that tackle depression and regulate how hormones work, bolster immune functions, and play a pivotal role in managing metabolism.




Mindful Meditation: Staying at home at the moment means there’s less opportunity to travel and eat or drink out. That should stop you from being in the moment. One of the best things you can do right now for your state of mind is to practice meditation to manage any stress you’re going through. Most importantly, STOP STRESSING! Cut yourself some slack once a month and you might be surprised how much better you feel.



Now that we’ve looked at the various lifestyle changes you could imbibe in your routines, here are a few pointers to help you deal with PMS, while you try not to lose your minds this quarantine-



Pain Relief: While we’re all in lockdown, it’s not quite as easy to just pop to the shops to stock up on painkillers, heat patches, and anything else you normally use to help with cramps, back pain and breast pain. And, if you do make it to the shop, don’t be surprised if all the painkillers are sold out. All thanks to the panic buyers. A good way to deal with this ‘situation’ would be to chart your cycle and symptoms, thus helping you spot patterns in pain and anticipating signs. Alternative methods like a warm bath, a hot water bag or certain yoga positions can help you figure out what suits you the most. Stacking up on WomxnCup well beforehand can assure you a comfortable period!



Managing mental symptoms : Most of us (and all those around us) associate PMS with mood swings, but it can sometimes be deeper than getting a bit grumpy or tearful. Social distancing could add to this, as you are not with your usual support systems. A refreshing way to deal with this would be to set aside five minutes every day to focus on your mental wellbeing.







Embrace Rest: That desire to perhaps bake, get cozy, and stay in. Go for it. Look at your period as a time to listen to when your body and mind needs rest from the outside world — and don't feel badly for being a hermit, if that's what you're feeling. Utilize this as your time to slow down, recharge, and reflect.



There are certain stages in your cycle where you may feel bloated and sore, not wanting to leave the couch, in a mood to stuff your face with all the junk in the world. But at other times you can actually feel energized, all ready to conquer the world!

All in all, you’re not alone. It’s okay to be moody and cranky, and don’t let anyone (especially a guy xD) tell you to get over it. Treat yourself, indulge in those chocolate chip cookies. And then some more.

It can be difficult to deal with the disruption of your normal routine, and the isolation imposed by quarantine can often make it worse. But in these times, surrounded by nothing but walls, it is of utmost importance to keep our sanity in check. As they say, “What mental health needs is more sunlight, more honesty and more unashamed conversation.” YOU are stronger than your thoughts. Sure, not every day is rainbows and butterflies, but progress over perfection, right?


Now grab a hot water bag and get those ice cream tubs out ya’ll!



Written by Nibha Patil

Cover by Kare Oh



Please help us find the amazing artists behind these illustrations, thank you! :)

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