1. Put Sleep Before Netflix
This is certainly easier said than done, but when you’re PMS-ing, it pays to make getting enough sleep a priority. Obviously, getting eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night isn’t always realistic. But try to save your late-night, binge-watching sessions for when you’re not dealing with PMS. You may also want to focus on doing everything you can to get a good night’s sleep, since many women report sleep disruption as a PMS symptom.
So get as much sleep as you can when dealing with PMS, because skating by on only a few hours will worsen the anxiety, irritability, and sadness that comes with PMS. It’ll also make it harder for you to focus throughout your day.
2. Eat Bananas & Kale
We should all probably be mindful of how we’re fueling our bodies, no matter what time of the month it is — but there are certain foods that are particularly beneficial to menstruating women during their PMS window. Lean meats (like turkey, chicken and lean beef) can help with the lethargy often brought on by PMS; fiber-rich, complex carbs such as whole-grain breads and cereals can help keep your blood sugar even, which may help with your mood swings and cravings; and eating lots of fruits and veggies (particularly bananas and green, leafy vegetables like kale, spinach and romaine lettuce) can help with everything from the sleep disruptions brought on by PMS to the hormonal acne that can crop up right around your period.