1. Avoid triggers like caffeine, stress, smoking, and excessive sodium intake. Everyone's triggers are different, stay in tune with your body to learn what makes your PMS worse.
2. Support your body with light exercise, healthy meals, red raspberry leaf tea, and herbs recommended by your acupuncturist. Everyone's body needs unique support during their PMS, keep track of what works well for you.
3. Have acupuncture before and during your PMS. I love acupuncture during PMS. It makes a huge difference in my mood, tenderness, cravings, bloating and yes, especially my irritability.
Bonus step! If your PMS lasts more than a week or your symptoms are interfering with your daily living speak to your GP. It might be PMDD and not PMS.
PMDD and PMS have similar symptoms, but PMDD is considerably more severe, lasts much longer, and it has a large impact on day-to-day life.
If you are concerned your PMS might be PMDD please talk to your health care provider. There are medications and acupuncture treatments for both PMS and PMDD.