Nip a spike in premenstrual spending by saying “thanks”

/Nip a spike in premenstrual spending by saying “thanks”

Nip a spike in premenstrual spending by saying “thanks”

If you’re on a budget or saving up for a big expense, then during your premenstrual week you may want to ask a friend to hide your credit cards somewhere you’ll never ever see them (like the vegetable crisper) and leave the house with only the amount of money you need for essentials, like food, bus fare and wine.

That’s because research shows that during your premenstrual week you’re prone to splashing out more cash on indulgent purchases (such as gourmet food, clothing and gadgets) as plunging estrogen saps your willpower, making you more impulsive.

But, if you’re like me and you’ve memorized your credit card numbers (you know, in case of an emergency–not because I’ve done so much online shopping that the numbers are now embedded in my brain) or you’re tempted to shop with the money you brought to buy your lunch, then a 2014 study in the journal Psychological Science reveals an easy way to overcome your urge to spend and focus on saving instead: When you’re tempted to open your wallet for something unnecessary, spend a few minutes thinking of reasons to feel grateful, for instance, for the love of your family, your health, a great job or simply a beautiful day.

As the researchers explain, summoning feelings of gratitude by focusing on something to appreciate switches you from a gotta-have-it-now immediate rewards mindset to one where you value long-term goals, like fattening your piggybank, making it easier to put your money away and step away from the cash register. (You can read the full study here.)

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By | 2018-09-09T13:05:30+00:00 May 9th, 2016|hormonology tip, natural remedies, Week 4|0 Comments

About the Author:

Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by contributing to her crowdfunding campaign at iFundWomen.com/projects/hormonology.

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