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
The holidays offer plenty of reasons to be stressed out and anxious -- the
gifts you haven’t wrapped, the pile of cookie exchange invites, the office
parties. But for many, the biggest source of holiday stress is family -- the
family dinner, the obligations, and the burden of family tradition. And if
you’re fighting clinical depression, or have had depression in the past, the
holiday stress can be a trigger for more serious problems.
“There’s this idea that holiday gatherings with family are...