PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, affects about 85 percent of menstruating women — so statistically speaking, you probably don’t need me to tell you that PMS is just the absolute worst. And if the headaches, cramps, bloating, joint pain, cravings, acne, nausea, increased anxiety and irritability weren’t enough to make PMS freaking horrible, the fact that PMS can start a whole two weeks before your period and then stick with you until it has ended can make it nearly unbearable — and make finding effective ways to hack your PMS essential. Since PMS can take such a physical, mental and emotional toll on us, it’s important to know how to deal with it.
Fortunately, although there’s no real cure for PMS, there are several ways to keep PMS from running your life every month and making you feel completely awful. If you suffer from PMS, just know that you’re not alone, and that there are ways to make your PMS symptoms more bearable.
Here are nine PMS hacks that should minimize your symptoms and make your life just a little bit easier. Because if we put our lives on hold every time PMS hit us, we’d basically never get anything done.