Oh my goodness, here it is our fourth and final part to this series and I am living through my own advice.
Ladies, the struggle is real. Our bodies do this amazing thing every month and it feels like hell. I know. I am going through it.
The bloating, the moodiness, the fatigue, the cramps, the voracious appetite, the loss of appetite, the sore boobs, and blood…and, and, and…
I can’t “fix” any of that for you or for me, but I can share with you some thing that I’ve been learning that have really helped me lessen the severity of the process.
Please, please, please consider this your permission slip to care for your body and it’s needs while you go through this hormone storm of hurricane proportions!
Don’t Fight It!
I don’t know about you, but there are time when I psyche myself out when it comes to my monthly cycle. I get apprehensive and anticipate it to be a lot worse than what it is. I’m learning to breathe into the process when I get that way and tell myself, “It’s going to be ok. You’ll come through the other side. Your body is doing what it needs to do.” In other words, I don’t try and fight the process. I accept it and let it be what it’s going to be.
This might sound elementary, but sleep during your period. I am learning that when I get that overwhelming exhaustion at 8 p.m., it is better for everyone, especially my family, if I kindly (being grouchy and cranky is not going to get you anywhere!!) ask my husband to finish up the necessary tasks for the evening and call it a night.
Eat Good Food.
I know. It’s super duper hard to want to eat anything healthy when all you want to do is wolf down a plate of spicy curly fries and drink 10 cups of coffee. I find though that when I resist those urges to dump caffeine, sugar and lots of extra salt into my body I am: less crabby (less sugar = increased blood sugar stabilization = less hangry swings), able to sleep better and tell when I have had enough (and then speak up so I don’t push myself too far) and less bloated because I’m not retaining as much fluid. I have no interest in telling you what to eat or what not to eat, just major components to think about!
Take a Time Out.
This one isn’t so easy, but I’m learning to put myself in a time out when I start to feel like I’m going to blow a gasket or break down crying. Most of the time it’s over something that will no significance after today, so taking those two minutes to deep breathe, think through what’s bothering me and talk myself off the edge of the cliff, is SO worth it. (p.s. – If you have to lock yourself in the bathroom to get this time, you’re allowed.)
Have you ever noticed how, during your period, you get these wild and crazy thoughts that don’t seem to come at any other time during the month? Yeah, me too. It really helps me to journal and get those thoughts on paper. I can read through them and realize that it was more the shift in hormones than anything based in reality.
When we don’t have enough fluid circulating in our systems, we hang onto fluid and feel really sluggish. Most medical sources will tell you to consume 80-100 oz of water a day. It’s really up to your body’s needs. If you have a special medical condition, make sure to follow doctor’s orders.
Get Your Checkup.
This is the nurse in me coming out. One of the most important things for women to do is get their wellness exams. Your period can be more intense if you have medical conditions and it’s of utmost importance to identify them!
Whew. Those are some good places to start! BUT, I am ALL ears when it comes to thriving and surviving during my period.
What are the things that you like to do to get through your period??
Until next week –