Hacks for surviving PMS
PMS stands for "premenstrual syndrome," but it may as well mean "pretty much sucks." You're cranky, you're crampy, your face is an oil slick, and all you want to do is hide under a blanket and eat an entire sleeve of Thin Mints. It isn't fun, but it doesn't have to be unbearable. In fact, the first step to dealing with PMS is acknowledging that it's not all in your head.
"We're conditioned to think PMS is in our mind or that we're neurotic," Dr. Donnica L. Moore explained to Health Central. "But the fact is, women's hormones (estrogen and progesterone) fluctuate in a cyclical fashion — and we do react to those changes."
It's how we react to those changes that can make PMS go from excruciating to "eh, not so bad." Here are a few tricks to keep yourself sane… and to keep jerks from asking, "Is it that time of the month?"