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PMS are a familiar and often challenging aspect of many women’s lives. While hormonal fluctuations play a significant role in these symptoms, there’s another, less-known factor that might be exacerbating the discomfort: poor breathing patterns. Below, we explore the connection between breathing habits and PMS, shedding light on how mindful breathing practices can offer relief

Understanding PMS
To comprehend the impact of breathing on premenstrual symptoms, it’s crucial to first understand the array of challenges women face during this phase. From mood swings, anxiety to bloating and cramps, PMS can significantly affect wellbeing

The Link Between Stress and PMS:
Stress is a well-known trigger for PMS. Poor breathing patterns, often associated with stress, can further exacerbate the situation. Shallow, rapid breathing can contribute to increased stress levels and the severity of PMS

Breathing and Hormonal Balance:
Proper breathing plays a vital role in maintaining hormonal balance. Deep, diaphragmatic breathing has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, the hormone associated with stress. By achieving a more balanced hormonal state, women may experience a reduction in the intensity of PMS symptoms. Good breathing patterns can be a challenge particularly after the Luteal Phase (time between ovulation and the next period) when the levels of progesterone soar and CO2 levels in the blood are prone to dip

Mind-Body Connection:
The mind-body connection is a powerful force, and breathing is a bridge between the two. Mindful breathing practices, such as deep belly breathing and meditation, can help women manage stress and improve their overall mental well-being, positively influencing the way their bodies respond to hormonal changes

Breathing Exercises for PMS Relief:
Introducing specific breathing exercises into one’s routine can be a game-changer for managing premenstrual symptoms. Techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing and alternate nostril breathing can contribute to a calmer nervous system and reduced PMS discomfort

Yoga and Breathing for PMS:
Yoga, with its focus on breath control (pranayama) and gentle movement, can be a beneficial practice for women experiencing PMS
Building Healthy Breathing Habits:
Developing and maintaining healthy breathing habits should be a continuous effort. Encouraging women to integrate mindful breathing into their daily routines, not just during PMS, can contribute to long-term well-being and resilience to stress

Addressing the often-overlooked factor of poor breathing patterns can make a significant difference. It’s time to recognise the silent impact of our breath on our overall health and empower women with tools to enhance their wellbeing during their menstrual cycle.


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