Lifestyle Changes to Manage Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Lifestyle changes are the first way to treat PMS. This will mean exercise and lowering stress.


Exercising 3 times a week may ease PMS symptoms. It can also help ease stress and promote feelings of well being.

Try to Reduce Your Stress

Stress can worsen PMS symptoms. Some ways to lower stress are meditation, deep breathing, progressive relaxation, yoga, and biofeedback.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can also help ease stress. This type of therapy will help you to examine your feelings and thoughts, learn to interpret them in a more realistic way, and apply coping methods.


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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Elliot M. Levine, MD, FACOG
Last Updated: 1/21/2021

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