Reduce stress in your life

Although stress does not cause premenstrual syndrome (PMS), reducing stress can make your symptoms less severe.

  • Identify the difficult situations and people in your life, and then look for ways you can reduce the stress they cause.
  • Manage your schedule ahead of time as much as possible. Avoid the stress of rushing by planning in an extra 5 to 10 minutes before commitments and appointments.
  • Get the amount of sleep you need to feel rested the next day.
  • Avoid stressful or emotional activities (paying bills or reading an exciting book) just before going to bed, especially if your PMS symptoms include sleep disturbance.
  • Try a relaxation technique such as meditation. Meditation methods may reduce PMS mood symptoms much more effectively than no activity or a quiet activity. Meditation has an effect on natural brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that calm your mood.

For more information about ways to reduce stress, see the topic Stress Management.

Last Updated: June 19, 2008

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