A lot of women complaint feeling angry over small things when they’re on their period.
Do you also feel short tempered and hostile during that time of the month?
Hormonal changes caused by mensuration may be the reason you’re looking for.
However, unless you’re raging out of control, there’s no need to be concerned. Just remember that these feelings are not going to last for more than a few days.
With this in your mind, read below to find out how simple lifestyle changes can help you manage your anger or irritation when on your period:
1. Drink More Water
You’re probably thinking, “What does drinking water have to do with my anger”?
Well, it can do more than what you imagine.
Have you ever felt peaceful and calm after drinking a glass of cool fresh water? Simply, having something to drink will calm you down and make you think rationally.
But, drinking water does more than just calming you down. A study on water consumption in healthy females has shown that not drinking enough water can cause your mood to get sour. Health experts recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, but this may be more for some depending on climate, temperature, and other factors.
So, if you feel irritated and angry, drink a glass of fresh water to cool down.
2. Try Dark Chocolate
Did you know that dark chocolate can help you manage your mood swings and reduce your anger? Dark chocolate is high in cocoa, which may help alleviate your mood. Cocoa can also aid in relieving period cramps, so you’d feel less irritable naturally.
Additionally, many dark chocolate products also have less sugar than regular chocolate, making it a healthier alternative.
So, the next time you feel like you’re losing grip, substitute your regular snacks with some dark chocolate, and you’d be amazed at the effect it has on your mood!
3. Add Magnesium to Your Diet
If you’re struggling with anger management during your period, adding magnesium to your diet will help. Magnesium can help stabilize your mood and give you more control over your anger. Magnesium can also help relax your muscles and may reduce period fatigue.
Add these foods to your diet to increase your magnesium levels:
- Beans and lentils
- Pumpkin seeds and peanuts
You can also take supplements to increase your magnesium levels but consult a nutritionist before doing so.
4. Take a Nap During the Day
It’s hard to sleep when you’re frustrated, and sleeplessness due to discomfort is a common complaint during mensuration. However, sleep is the perfect antidote to anger and mood swings. Deep sleep can help balance your hormones, making you feel relaxed and calm.
If you struggle to fall asleep at night, try taking a nap during the day, and you’d feel calmer when you wake up.
5. Exercise Daily
Many women don’t feel like exercising during their period, but this may only fuel your anger.
If you’re feeling angry, you’ll need to take out the tension somewhere, right?
There’s no better way to release your anger than doing something productive like going to the gym.
A word of warning, though: don’t do heavy or intense exercise when your mood is off, as it will make you more tired and in result the irritability would increase. Rather, focus on light, aerobic workouts to get your heart rate up and improve your blood flow.
Periods can be boring, and many women prefer to stay alone during these days. However, spending time with friends may help you forget about the irritation, cramps, or other PMS side effects.
Studies have shown that socialization can help reduce stress and alleviate your mood.
So, go out, spend some time with friends and family, and you’ll notice your anger vanish. However, avoid toxic people as they’ll only make you angrier!
7. Take a Bath
You’ve probably heard this advice before. Many people know that taking a bath can help you calm down, but did you know that it’s scientifically proven? Studies have shown that a hot water bath can lift your mood, help improve blood flow, calm the nervous system and reduce feelings of anger and stress.
You can also add Epsom salts in a warm bath to relax your mind and body.
But, obviously, opt for a cold shower rather than a hot bath during the scorching heat of the summer sun.
Also, some people prefer cold showers instead of warm baths, but both are research-backed, so it’s up to you to bathe with warm or cold water.
8. Connect With a Therapist
If your anger is getting out of control, you should see a therapist for better treatment.
Extreme anger will only affect a minor percentage of women during mensuration, and it usually doesn’t reach the stage of therapy. However, if other options don’t work, turn to therapy or medication as a last resort.
By implementing these simple, yet effective lifestyle changes to your routine, you’d be able to manage your period anger more effectively.
Don’t let your period hold you back from living life to the fullest!