Everyone experiences some level of stress in their lives, it is practically unavoidable. However, excessive amounts of stress can take a very serious toll on your physical health as well as your emotional health. Some studies have even shown that women who experience stress and/or anxiety early in their menstrual cycles are more likely to develop PMS symptoms like cramping, bloating, and mood swings later in the month.
While it is impossible to get rid of stress altogether, the good news is that there are some steps you can take to manage stress and anxiety, like:
- Regular exercise as simple as taking walks can help to balance your mood and handle stress.
- A balanced diet that includes turkey breast, blueberries, leafy greens, pistachios, oatmeal, and other healthy foods – especially those rich in zinc, iron and protein. Unhealthy comfort foods like chocolate, chips, candy, and other carbohydrates actually feed your stress.
- Breathing exercises can also help manage and alleviate your stress level.
- Avoid tobacco products.
- Minimize alcohol and caffeine intake.
- Get plenty of sleep. Seven to eight hours per night are ideal.
If you feel that your stress level, PMS symptoms, or some combination thereof are having an adverse effect on your overall health, do not hesitate to talk with your women’s healthcare provider about your concerns. If you are in the Athens, GA area and are in need of gynecologic care, we invite you to contact us at The Ashford Center. We have helped thousands of women, especially those in their late 30s, 40s and early 50s, with bothersome monthly cycles and hormonal symptoms. Our goal is to get to the root of your issues and help you get back to feeling like yourself again. We promise to listen and to help! Call 706-353-2550 or visit DrAshford.com today for more information.