by Kyle Beard on Monday, December 2nd, 2019
You may wonder why it is that having your period could bring about anxiety. If you are having your period every month, it means that you are experiencing anxiety every month whether it is all the time or only the week leading up to your period. It is important to seek help for anxiety when you know your period is coming to avoid having to deal with more hormonal changes.
If you already have anxiety, the symptoms may be more severe during your period than any other time during the month. You may experience anxiety only during your period. Menstruation can lead to physical and emotional changes due to hormones. Fluctuations in hormones can affect your appetite, digestion, and energy levels which affect your mood. Women who have intense periods like intense cramping or heavy bleeding could be scared about the recurrent pain you are about to experience which causes added anxiety.
You should first be aware that you experience these high levels of anxiety during your period or the month leading up to your period. This way, you will be able to plan better since your time of the month should be occurring on the same day every month. Exercising regularly throughout the month will give you less severe symptoms. It can also reduce painful physical symptoms. There are also meditation techniques to help with premenstrual anxiety like yoga and massage therapy. Make sure that you develop a regular sleeping schedule where you wake up and sleep at the same time whether or not you are working. Consume a diet rich in complex carbohydrates like whole grains and starchy vegetables as well as foods in calcium. Calcium and vitamin B6 can also reduce physical and psychological symptoms as well.
You can start tracking your symptoms throughout your cycle in a diary. Think if there are certain days where your anxiety is more intense than other days. Also, add in your lifestyle and see what your anxiety is like when you make changes. For example, exercise longer today than you normally do and see if that makes a difference. Remember that it is normal to experience anxiety before your period. If your anxiety takes over your life for longer than two weeks, seek help with a professional therapist on what you can do.
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