Sorry, had to do it... it's so true sometimes, isn't it?
I have good news and bad news about pre-menstrual syndrome. The good news is it can be minimized significantly, or altogether eliminated, with some effort and mental work (herbs/acupuncture won't hurt either).
The bad: it takes time. If you only work with your PMS while you're in the middle of crampy - grumpiness, you probably won't make a lot of headway. PMS can show up for women for a few different mental or emotional reasons, and sometimes you have to dig kind of deep to find out how such seemingly subtle patterns can be influencing your cycle so much.
There are three categories of patterns that are the most common for women with PMS.
- Mental confusion or overwhelm: Do you have a lot going on in your mind? If you tend to be in your head a lot, it can make it difficult to keep tabs of how well things move and circulate in your body. Body practices such as yoga will make a big difference in how you feel, both because of what they offer physically, but also because they help you give your mind a rest from time to time.
- Giving your power away: We're not just talking about giving your power away to a man, here (although that'd certainly do the trick). Giving your power away is a huge problem for a lot of women, because giving is part of our nature and we love doing it. But when you give too much - to your family, to your "responsibilities", to your career, to your emotions - it can set up a number of patterns. Disempowerment. Victimhood. Martyr roles. Not Enough-ness (time, money, energy)... This one's a biggie.
- Rejection of the feminine processes: The curse. A hassle. A pain. Guys are so lucky to not have to have a period. Don't feel too badly if you've ever wished you didn't have to deal with your period (I'm guilty on this one, too)... but just imagine what such consistent thoughts would create in anyone's body. It's not easy during a cramp to be glad you're a woman. But if you've got this pattern running, that on some level you reject part of your feminine nature, you'll find it isn't just about your period. It's rearing its head elsewhere, too. I virtually guarantee it.