My HormonologyHave to head to the dentist? Get a surgical procedure? Take a test? Try to avoid having these or other potentially frightening events fall during your premenstrual Week 4 if you can. Plunging estrogen creates certain changes in the brain that can make you more likely to become anxious about them.

Can’t avoid having something scary fall during your Week 4? Then keep in mind that if dread and worry start to rise, they’re just natural side effects of plunging estrogen. Then try study-proven relaxation remedies–such as sipping chamomile tea (which contains mildly sedating compounds), meditation, exercise or focusing on the silver lining in the situation–to counter them.