[quote=Cupofkindness]I think that being prepared is the best approach to any period of time where the stress will increase, which is what is happening when those God-given hormones head towards the PMS phase. So, do whatever you can to anticipate that time of month. First, if you don’t track your cycle, start so you know when that cranky time of the month is coming. Try to keep yourself sane by planning meals in advance, making sure the house is in good order, being on top of your family’s obigations (like bills and homework assignments), and keeping yourself moving forward at work if you have a job.
Next, I make sure I have all of the bases covered vis a vis rest and nutrition. Sleep is imperative during the second half of my cycle and I need to stay away from lots of sugary carbs. Keep eating good foods. I drink a lot of protein shakes, they taste delicious and are simple to make.
I guess I can’t emphasize sleep enough. When we are tired, we lack the wherewithall to cope with even the smallest inconveniences, let alone individuals who are a pain in the patella. Get to bed just as soon as your little one is down for the night. Also, maintain those friendships that can help you vent when things get tough. Nothing beats a good girlfriend who understands what’s going on in your life.
Finally, if you are thinking of an anti-depressant, then you may have a problem of a greater magnitude then just riding out your cycle. Hormonal fluctuations exaggerate the mood we’re already in. Please, please see your OB/Gyn. Perhaps you should have your hormone levels evaluated via a blood test so that you have a “picture” of what’s going on from a medical standpoint. If you haven’t gone in for a physical in more than 12 months, make that appointment today. Get every test done, including a mammo and bone density scan. By the way, could this be a perimenopause thing?
I do try to be prepared as much as possible, and since I am pretty regular, I know when it is going to hit. The hard part is knowing when the monster PMS is coming versus the regular PMS. The last 2 months, I was fine. This month…
Last time I went to my ob-gyn, which was in July or August, I asked him about perimenopause. He said that I was too young. I asked because I have read that it can start even earlier than was thought. So, I can’t get any blood work done to check hormone levels.
Yeah the girlfriend thing is great. I was talking to a friend last night and told her that I hated someone just because I had PMS!!!
As for sleep—I try, but with a hyperactive and possibly high functioning autistic child who also is a night owl, it’s hard.