Identify the difficult situations and people in
your life, and then look for ways you can reduce the stress they
Manage your schedule ahead of time as much as possible.
Avoid the stress of rushing by planning in an extra 5 to 10 minutes before
commitments and appointments.
Get the amount of sleep you need to
feel rested the next day.
Avoid stressful or emotional activities
(paying bills or reading an exciting book) just before going to bed, especially
if your PMS symptoms include sleep disturbance.
Try a relaxation
technique such as meditation. Meditation methods may reduce PMS mood symptoms
much more effectively than no activity or a quiet activity. Meditation has an
effect on natural brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that calm your
By Naomi Barr
The human body is well adapted to deal with short-term stress, but if it
remains on orange alert for an extended period of time, you can grow vulnerable
to some serious health problems. Here's how major systems respond to your