How to pick yourself up on a bad PMS day

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We all hate it when it gets to that time of the month and it's the worst day in our cycle. There are so 
many days when I want to cuddle up with a tub of Ben and Jerry's ice-cream in bed and have a good 
cry, but most of the time I don't get to do that because this is real life! Over the many, many years that 
I've been dealing with PMS, I've come to learn a few tactics to pick me up and help me through the 
day. This post is me sharing them with you so we can deal with PMS together, in stride!

PMS is premenstrual syndrome and it refers to a womens physical and emotional symptoms the 
week before a period. PMS symptoms can include acne, bloating, fatigue and irritability. 

BUBBLE BATH
When you're feeling achy and tired, there is truly nothing better than a bubble bath. I make sure to 
run the bath super hot and deep, whilst I add in some de-stress bath salts and a bath bomb. I hate to admit that I spend a lot longer than I should admit in the baht, and most of the time it's just scrolling through videos on Facebook or watching Netflix. I always make sure to watch or read something in the bath to stay calm and relaxed. This does also mean I can spend up to a long time in the bath!

LIGHT COMFORT FOOD
Pizza, burgers and junk food is the best type of food to eat when you're feeling groggy, but because of 
PMS I tend to bloat which means this food doesn't help me or make me feel better. I still eat rubbish 
but I try to eat lighter food (less greasy), like breadsticks or crisps. If you can stick to your regular or 
a healthy diet then I would highly recommend doing so, however a cheat meal is much needed!

FAVOURITE FILM/BOOK
Since I feel like shit and I am most likely in bed, it's obvious that I'm going to put a film on. I 
always gravitate towards a chick flick or rom com that I have seen countless times before such as; 
The Devil Wears Prada or Legally Blonde but since it's coming up to Christmas I add that into 
the mix and watch; The Holiday, Love Actually or Christmas with the Kranks. 

FACE MASK
I have bad skin pretty much all the time however I especially don't want it to get worse during 
this time of the month. I make sure to use a blemish or acne targeted mask but one that doesn't 
irritate my skin as that will have the opposite affect and make my skin a lot worst, so I make sure 
to use a face mask that I'm still familiar with and my skin is used to. 

MEDITATING 
This is a new one for me and one that I've only done a few times. I recently discovered an app 
called 'headspace' which has series of meditations that are 3, 5 or 10 minutes long and targeted
towards a variety of needs. I have started a series of 3 minute meditations that are aimed at my 
anxiety. What I love about this app the most is the sound of the people's voices, as they are super
calming, relaxing and soothing to listen to and often make me feel sleepy.

xoxo
Lea-Mai

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