In our most recent monthly poll, PMS irritability and anger were voted the worst PMS/period symptoms. And I think this is understandable because, as women, we do tend to have a great tolerance for physical pain and discomfort.
We can often tolerate menstrual cramps, premenstrual headaches and breast tenderness. But anger is something else, a strong and sticky emotion that, when it strikes, few of us have the tools to properly deal with. We also face potentially significant consequences, as anger can damage and destroy relationships that we truly care about.
In this post, I’ll share with you a few things I’ve learned on my journey to overcoming PMS irritability and anger.
1. It’s possible break free from PMS irritability and anger.
Speaking as someone who suffered from uncontrollable PMS anger for years and subsequently healed herself from it, I can assure you that it is possible. But first, you need to stop seeing yourself as a victim, and begin to take full responsibility for your feelings, words and actions.
2. PMS irritability and anger have a physiological basis
This is often associated with a congested liver. In our body, the liver is responsible for detoxification and energy metabolism. When the liver becomes congested due to poor diet and lifestyle choices and stress, stagnation results. This stagnation can manifest itself as physical symptoms, or pent-up emotions such as irritability, anxiety, depression or outbursts of anger.
Relaxx Extract is a traditional herbal remedy that helps soothe the liver and nourish the blood – excellent for calming PMS irritability, anxiety, and depression.
3. PMS irritability and anger maybe a sign of estrogen dominance.
To enjoy healthy moods and menstrual cycles, estrogen and progesterone need to maintain a specific ratio. When the estrogen level is too high relative to the progesterone level during the premenstrual period, anger and irritability, as well as a whole spectrum of other PMS symptoms, can show up. Learn more about the symptoms of estrogen dominance or deficiency.
You can try Dim Plus, which contains diindolylmethane, a phytonutrient found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. It supports the activity of enzymes that improve estrogen metabolism.
4. Unresolved inner conflicts may be the root cause of persistent or intense PMS irritability and anger.
These conflicts may be the result of unresolved emotional traumas from the past, or current inner conflicts reflecting our work, relationships, or how we live our lives in general.
So to heal yourself from PMS anger once and for all, you need dig deep to identify and resolve these inner conflicts. To do this you may need to learn new skills to be able to communicate to friends and loved ones, in a constructive way, what you really need or want, instead of repressing these feelings and letting them explode at moments of vulnerability during your premenstrual period.
Writing a journal, identifying triggers, practicing forgiveness, cultivating gratitude and standing up for myself are some of the things that helped me heal my own emotional wounds and reclaim my personal power.
5. PMS irritability and anger can be discharged energetically.
When you feel the pent-up emptions such as irritability and anger, you can voluntarily discharge this energy using breathing and body movements. Check out some of my favorite exercises:
A yoga teacher of mine once said, when a woman heals herself she heals nine generations. Speaking from my own personal experience, I know this is true — at least for 3 generations.
So don’t wait. Start now, my sisters. The earlier you start, the earlier you’ll break free from the chain of PMS irritability and anger. And the earlier you’ll begin to create a healthier and more radiant new you. Remember, you’re never alone on this journey. Start with our Free Period Guide..