“Are you PMSing”? This is such a typical question a woman is asked when she seems to be behaving differently, usually more negatively or reactively, than usual. It’s an annoying question, and sometimes offensive question, but while it’s annoying, there’s actually a lot of truth to it. Yes, there are times when a woman is not in the mood, and often the culprit is PMSing (experiencing premenstrual syndromes), but it’s often.
Dealing with PMS on a day-to-day basis can be a real struggle for some people. All of a sudden you start to question why the sun goes on shining when you’re battling a storm inside. You wake up in a foul mood feeling like you just want to stay in bed. You might have lower energy levels, walking let alone holding anything heavy feels a lot heavier than usual.
How PMS Affects Women
When you’re experiencing PMS, every little thing annoys you. You feel puffy. The water retention because of PMS is so real. You feel bloated and your clothes seem to be on the tighter side. You don’t feel comfortable in your own clothes. It’s taking longer than usual to pick your clothes and you are running late for school or for work!
Bloating and water retention can make clothes feel tight and uncomfortable, leading to self-consciousness and negative body image. You feel less attractive, you might even feel insecure, and are 10 times angrier at yourself than usual for failing to skip the dessert most of the time.
You wrestle internally so much but then comes the cravings. You just want to gobble down all the sweets you can see. You give in to your cravings and you hate yourself for it a few moments later.
Adding to that are the cramps and breast tenderness. Some days it feels hard being a woman and having to deal with all this, especially if you’re dealing with it silently. You just want to cry.
The fact that you have so much to do or so little to do annoys you. Once again you are starting to question your career choices. Your relationship. Your marriage. The way you are raising your kids. Every little worry is exaggerated by your PMSing brain.
Although the symptoms of PMS can vary from woman to woman, and even from cycle to cycle the same is true and there are far better days. Mood swings, irritability, fatigue, bloating, water retention, breast tenderness, headaches, and cramps can be painful and distracting making it hard to be productive.
These symptoms can be mild for some people, but for others, they can be severe enough to interfere with daily activities. PMS affects more than 31 million women in the United States. Before their menstruation, some women only experience a few days of minor discomfort.
Others experience incapacitating symptoms for up to 14 days, which negatively impacts their relationships, productivity at work, and even self-esteem. Fatigue can make it difficult to focus on work or other tasks. The days seem to stretch out so long when all you want to do is stretch out on your bed and rest those tired muscles.
Mood swings and irritability can even lead to conflicts with partners, colleagues, or friends. It’s so easy for you to just snap at people even for doing something that may not have easily annoyed you on normal days.
Cramps can be especially challenging to deal with, as they can range from mild to excruciating and can last for several days. They can interfere with sleep, making it hard to function and get through the day. Imagine having to experience these things regularly. It’s just not right to just endure the pain.
Coping with Premenstrual Syndrome
To cope with these day-to-day struggles of PMS, you can easily rely on over-the-counter pain relievers. Who wouldn’t be tempted when one pill can seem to make the pain all go away? If you are feeling more committed then you can always do some dietary changes or hormonal medications.
You can also turn to self-care practices such as exercise, yoga, meditation, or relaxation techniques. Ultimately, the best way to manage PMS symptoms on a day-to-day basis will depend on the individual and the severity of their symptoms, and what you are willing to do.
Know that you can always go and talk to a healthcare provider about any concerns, and also seek support from loved ones during this challenging time.
Reiki to help with PMS
Reiki being a non-invasive healing practice involves the Reiki practitioner placing their hands on or near the body of the recipient, allowing energy to flow through them to promote physical and emotional healing. Regarding the effect of Reiki on PMS, some women report experiencing relief from symptoms such as cramps, fatigue, and mood swings after receiving a Reiki treatment.
You can turn to Reiki as it can help alleviate the symptoms of PMS by reducing tension, promoting relaxation, and balancing the body’s energy holistically. That practice can help relieve your physical discomfort, such as the cramps and headaches you feel. It may help you to know that it does that by reducing inflammation and promoting circulation.
When you have PMS, Reiki sessions can help you feel better physically by easing the release of your period and emotionally by balancing your hormones and energetic system, which will help you feel much more like yourself once more. Reiki helps balance emotions by reducing stress and promoting calmness internally.
Your ovaries will appreciate those Reiki sessions as it helps in clearing up your reproductive system like a fresh spring cleaning by releasing any old blood and sluggish energies that may be blocking it. Some Reiki clients even reported having a full menstrual cycle again after so a number of Reiki sessions.
By having your body working as it should, you feel healthier and lighter.
Reiki can be an effective alternative or complementary treatment to traditional medical interventions for PMS. It is a gentle and safe practice that can be applied in combination with other therapies to promote overall health and well-being. Reiki has been especially effective as a tool to further support women’s health issues such as hormonal imbalance issues, PCOS, endometriosis as well as fertility issues. I’ve also had the pleasure of sharing Reiki with clients during menopause, soothing them from major discomforts.
Reiki can be a valuable tool in the treatment of PMS. If you are experiencing symptoms of PMS, consider incorporating Reiki into your wellness routine to promote overall health and well-being. If something is bothering you repeatedly such as PMS, affecting the quality of your life then something has to be done. You do not have to suffer in vain. A few Reiki healing sessions could really change the way you experience your periods. And if you’re having trouble getting out of the house, Distant Reiki healings sessions work just as well too.