It may feel like just about everything is rubbing you the wrong way. And. You. Just. Can’t. Premenstrual syndrome – aka PMS – can cause a helter-skelter of emotions starting the week leading up to your period. You may range from feeling like everyone and everything is getting under your skin to feeling so angry you could scream – all in one day! PMS irritability can be challenging, to say the least. But there are steps you can take to help calm the beast.What Causes PMS Irritability and Anger
First, let’s understand a little about what causes this rash of irritability and anger you may experience once a month.
PMS irritability is caused by the changing hormones in your body leading up to getting your period. The dip in oestrogen in particular is to blame for PMS irritability. This is because oestrogen can cause the levels of serotonin in your brain to drop. Serotonin is one of the important brain chemicals that puts you and keeps you in good spirits. Low serotonin can make anyone feel like a bit of a grouch.
A lot of girls get a bit moody around their period. However, you may be experiencing PMS anger that is putting a real crimp in your relationships. It’s hard to be around someone who is likely to snap at everything we say or have an outburst at the slightest provocation. No bueno.
Here’s how to manage.What Can I Do to Stop PMS Anger Outbursts
- Track your period
Use a period tracker to follow when your period is about to come. If you know your period is just around the corner, you can be more aware of what’s really underlying your urge to get into a row with just about everyone and try to take a step back.
- Count to three
It sounds simple (it is!), but counting to three in your head before you respond helps you slow down your thoughts. This is helpful in preventing those PMS anger outbursts.
Instead of yelling, get your thoughts out on paper. Not only will this prevent you from getting into a fight with your bestie, it can actually calm you down and make you feel better.
- Go for a run
Running, and exercise in general, helps release pent up energy (read: anger!). It also releases endorphins, your body’s very own feel-good, mood-boosting chemicals.
Wearing TAMPAX will let you get all of that pent out frustration and PMS anger out even if you have your period already. TAMPAX uses special LeakGuard technology to provide you with worry-free protection for just about any activity you feel like doing.