Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help alleviate menstruation-related anxiety. If you suffer from stress or anxiety during your period, try the following:
• Exercise on a regular basis.
• Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
• Be sure to get enough sleep; seven to eight hours a night is optimal for most people.
• Minimize your alcohol and caffeine intake.
• Avoid tobacco.
• Spend time relaxing with friends and family.
• Express your thoughts and emotions by writing in a journal.
• Consider meditation and deep-breathing exercises.
• For women who continue to experience significant anxiety symptoms, medication is also an option.
Anxiety is a common PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptom for many women, but just like cramps and bloating, anxiety can and should be managed. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Medication can help control severe anxiety, but there are also plenty of things you can do to help yourself. Minimizing stress, exercising regularly, and eating well can help alleviate many PMS symptoms, including anxiety.