#108 – Meditation Helps Reduce PMS Symptoms
Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS, is an array of physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms, which include bloating, irritability, anxiety, and depression. Women who suffer from PMS show symptoms in the forms of episodic mood swings, headaches, emotional sensitivity, and insomnia.
For as long as we have known about PMS, doctors have prescribed various mood medications, such as anti-anxiety medicines and anti-depressants. Fortunately, women have another place to turn to control all PMS symptoms, no matter how mild or severe.
Science has recently discovered ways to alleviate the worst symptoms of PMS by confronting the emotional and psychological symptoms which put personal and professional relationships at risk. The way to counter the negative emotions experienced during PMS is not prescription drugs, but through creating more positive emotions and optimistic thoughts in the mind using meditation.
Meditation can be used to increase loving and trusting feelings in the mind. These are powerful feelings for everyone, and they increase happiness and relaxation. These emotions ease muscled tensions and counteract depression and anxiety. Through meditation, PMS sufferers can actually change the negative nature of their thoughts, reducing irritability without lashing out at lovers, children, or co-workers, and without medicating themselves.
The emotional changes experienced during meditation also do much to alleviate physical PMS symptoms. Meditation relaxes the entire body, creating a trance-like state, more restful than sleep. During meditation, the brain commands the body to release good hormones, improve blood flow, reduce stress levels, and repair cells and tissues. This can reduce cramping, headaches, other muscle aches, and bloating.
PMS can be debilitating, and the mood swings experienced during PMS can cause problems in our personal and professional life, leading some to turn to medication. By learning meditation and making it a part of your life, you can correct the symptoms of PMS and control them so they don’t control you.