PMS and Pure-O

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How badly does PMS affect your rumination? And why does this happen? Is it because hormones increase anxiety? Frustrating!  

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And how do you reduce rumination during this challenging time?

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Yes. And because hormones affect stress and stress affects intrusive thoughts. Rumination is a compulsion so the only way is to take a leap of faith and just not do it no matter what. Or delay as long as possible. I hope this helps. 

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I jus want to add to my earlier post. In-between my period I am really good at managing my behaviors (like rumination) and challenging OCD head on. Daring it, even. But even if it’s an old thought it just feels more pressing, more real, more urgent “this time” during my cycle. I told my therapist it was like my ocd was on a one month cycle and I got 2.5wks of freedom. (Bc I had to climb back out of the hole I had dug by relapsing). Obviously rumination makes ocd worse and the only way to make the fear go away is to take a giant leap of faith that nothing bad will happen when you stop engaging with it. I had to get to a point where I realized there was no way I was going to be able to climb this mountain I had to just jump right over it. There was no SUDS level 7 it was alway a 9 or 10. I will say it sucked. But for like a few hours a day. Like I’d have a good cry and then go eat lunch. Not fun, but heaps better. I hope next month I do even better and the month after that maybe I will have built up enough skill and confidence to see that even during my period it’s still just OCD and I already know engaging with that a-hole is useless and not engaging with that b-face reduces my anxiety quickly and then I can just move on and let those moments if they happen pass in a fleeting manner. 

it really is frustrating bc it’s the only real reason why I was not recovered. In between I felt happiness with moments of anxiety. Having that anxiety come back at a 10 every month was defeating. I ruminated like hell trying to avoid that feeling even though I knew it was going to come anyway unless I stopped ruminating.  I just couldn’t take that leap of faith. Until I did. 

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100% feel the same. I actually just had a super rough two weeks after having a really good two weeks. I had started feeling like I was recovering and then the week before my period and the week of my period were horrible. I feel the exact same. Thoughts feel more urgent during this time in my cycle. Hormones can absolutely worsen ocd. My plan to tackle this (bc it’s truly hindering my progress too just like you feel) is to look into foods to balance hormones as I think I must be having excessive hormone swings for it to cause my anxiety to get so much worse. I also work out regularly but I make sure I don’t miss my workouts during this time because it is an outlet for the anxiety. It helps. And watching caffeine intake and getting enough sleep and water too. Basically in all ways I can care for my physical body during this time I do and it makes a difference. I agree with you though, it’s hard and it’s discouraging. But we can do this!