If you’re rolling your eyes because exercise is the exact opposite of what you’d like to do when the effects of PMS hit, hear us out. Working out can actually put you in a good mood. That’s because when you work out, you increase and release the happy chemicals in your brain — dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin— which, in turn, combat your low mood and the irritability caused by your PMS hormone fluctuation. But we’re not saying you need to go full blown bootcamp to feel better — just try out a gentle yoga flow.
While there are no magic pills to help with PMS, there are some supplements that may support your body as it goes through hormonal changes. Vitamin B-6 is just one of those — it regulates serotonin (we need all the help we can get!) and norepinephrine, a chemical that acts as a stress-relieving hormone and neurotransmitter. And, in some studies, B6 has been shown to alleviate some emotional PMS symptoms.
Meditation and breathing exercises are great for everyday life, but when it comes to PMS symptoms, they somehow become even more necessary. When stress and anxiety are heightened by PMS, taking a quiet moment to yourself to clear your mind and focus on your breath can relax your body and mind, making your stress and irritability more manageable. In fact, studies have shown that mindfulness and meditation have even helped to improve PMS symptoms. Now go ahead — deep breath in, deep breathe out.