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Finally - I've beaten PMS
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Author:  alanna [ Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Finally - I've beaten PMS

I always wanted to be able to write this post but didn't think the day would come. I’ve had PMS for a long time and in the past few years (I’m 34) it’s been off the scale. I’ve taken days off work and spent them crying in bed, my relationship has reached breaking point, friendships have been damaged, and I’ve completely despaired of ever getting better. I’ve tried, in chronological order, numerous contraceptive pills, running, yoga, CBT, supplements, giving up caffeine/alcohol/sugar/dairy, going vegan, and three different antidepressants. I’ve visited countless doctors and an expensive nutritionist. Then, three months ago, I tried meditation.

The first thing to say is that I’m not religious and I wouldn’t describe myself as spiritual. I read an article on the benefits of meditation for PMS so thought I would give it a try. But I didn’t just dabble in it: I did it every day for half an hour, without fail, for three months. And during that time, despite no longer being on medication, I’ve had no PMS. Even better, I firmly believe that if I carry on meditating it won’t come back.

This is how I understand it: my PMS was largely stress-related. If you imagine a stress scale of 1 to 10, I used to spend most of my time at about 8, so my monthly hormones would send me over the edge (up to 11!). Meditation is a wonderful stress-reliever and now it feels like the most important half hour of my day: I just go to my room each evening, close my eyes, sit in silence, and let my thoughts and emotions run their course. As a result, I’d say my normal stress level is now about 4, so my monthly hormones barely register.

I think it’s worth remembering that you don’t have to be a CEO or a single mother of five to be stressed – to an outsider my life doesn’t look particularly stressful, but a busy day at work, a missed train, or a weekend of socialising can send my stress levels soaring.

So anyone out there who is suffering from PMS and who can’t say, hand on heart, that their lives are completely stress-free, I strongly recommend trying meditation in order to reduce your stress levels and consequently your PMS. I never thought it would work for me, but it has.

Author:  pmthater [ Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Finally - I've beaten PMS

Hi Alana,

Really pleased for you - great that you've found something that works for you and so well. Keep going with it for sure and don't forget to update us on how you're getting on.

Best of luck :)

Author:  alanna [ Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Finally - I've beaten PMS

Thank you! I will definitely keep you posted, as I know 3 months is not a long time - I'll report back in another 3 months :)

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