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Navigating the emotional storm of PMDD

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As someone who has endured and healed from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), I can deeply empathize with the countless women who struggle with this condition. PMDD, a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), is not just a series of physical symptoms; it’s an emotional storm that encompasses depression, anxiety, and rage. 

These aren’t just words; they were my relentless companions every month, turning my life upside down. But through a journey of self-awareness, honest reflection, inner work, and understanding the root causes, I found my path to healing. This article is a personal testament to the power of holistic self-care in managing and mitigating the tumultuous effects of PMDD.

The Emotional Battlefield of PMDD

Depression: This wasn’t sadness; it was a debilitating fog that clouded my days, sapping joy and energy from my life.

Anxiety: Beyond mere worry, this was a relentless drumbeat of panic and dread, making peace a distant memory.

Rage: The most unexpected and unsettling of all; a fiery eruption over trivial matters, leaving me and my loved ones bewildered and drained. Personal truth: When I googled “rage before period”, it was the first time I read and heard about Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder!

My Holistic Self-Care Toolkit

1. Awareness and Acceptance

My holistic healing for PMDD began with acknowledging PMDD's impact on my life. I kept a detailed diary, mapping out my emotional landscape across my menstrual cycle. This not only helped in anticipating tough days but also in understanding my triggers. Access your tracker HERE.

2. Nutritional Mindfulness

I revamped my diet, focusing on foods that nourished and balanced my hormones. Reducing caffeine and sugar intake while incorporating more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables made a tangible difference in stabilizing my moods.

3. Engaging in Physical Movement

Physical activity became my sanctuary. Be it yoga, swimming, or just a walk in the park, each movement was a step toward releasing the pent-up emotional energy.

4. Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness and meditation became my daily anchors. These practices helped me observe my emotional surges without being overwhelmed by them, fostering a sense of calm and control. I created a powerful guided meditation that has brought tremendous emotional healing.

5. Building a Support System

Opening up about my PMDD brought unexpected allies and understanding. Therapy, support groups, and heartfelt discussions with loved ones made the journey less isolating. 

Because I understand the power of community, and the need to be surrounded by those who know and understand the heaviness but are beginning to live on the OTHER side of PMDD - I have created a powerful and life-changing group where you can experience community and support from others who have walked a similar road.  

6. Understanding the Root Cause

Delving deeper, I sought to understand the underlying causes of my PMDD. This wasn’t just about symptoms; it was about unraveling suppressed emotions, psychological factors, and personal history.

The Takeaway 

My healing journey was paved with self-care, patience, and a holistic approach. To anyone walking this path, know that it’s a journey of many layers. It’s about peeling back each layer to understand your unique experience with PMDD. Embrace every step, every discovery about yourself. 

You are not alone in this fight, and with perseverance, self-love, and care, you can navigate these turbulent waters and emerge stronger. Remember, in understanding and nurturing ourselves, we find our greatest strength.

If you are searching to liberate yourself from the shackles of PMDD, I would love to speak with you more. Click HERE to schedule a clarity call and let’s discuss how I can best help you!