I'm 22 and took a contraceptive pill for 7 years (age 15-21) so I stopped taking it more than a year ago because I was feeling depressed, had mood swings, was extremely irritable and would cry for no reason. I thought that the pill is responsible for my moods but it I still suffer from the same symptoms, sometimes more and sometimes less.
I never really talked with someone about it because I thought it's all just in my head and goes away after a couple of days anyway. Also, I was studying over the last 2 years so my timetable was very flexible and it wasn't that much of a problem.
Now I'm in Peru (I'm from Germany originally) doing an internship and I'm mainly working from home so I'm at home alone a lot and far away from my usual environment, my family and friends. I'm an open-minded person, I met a lot of people and most of the time I'm super happy, I enjoy my time here and I like the work. But usually two days before I get my period I feel like crying all day, even though it's sunny outside and a perfect day for the beach I just want to stay in bed and have crying fits for hours. The tiniest problem can upset me a lot and I don't want to be around other people at all (it's not that bad with very close friends and family). I feel like a completely different person and I can't even tell if I'm upset because there's a justified reason for it or if it's just the hormones. My relationships to other people really suffer because of it and during that time I hate myself for being this kind of person.
I now made the decision to see a doctor to talk about it when I'm back home which will be in April so for now, I'd just like to know if you have any recommendations what I can do to ease the symptoms in a more natural way? Maybe some natural remedies or meditation, music, etc. Thank you for your help!