Sometimes my period arrives like clockwork, while other times it surprises me and shows up a little sooner than expected. This month was one of those times when it came about a week ahead of time… then continued on for another week! I know there’s no medical mystery behind it – I’ve always had an irregular flow. It can still get on my nerves, though.
I know that my period serves a biological purpose, but I can’t help but wonder if the cramping, headache, mood swings and the like are purposely placed in my path to annoy me. Purposeful or not, I’m left with a choice: I can either be really annoyed by them, just learn to live with them – or actually turn them into an excuse for something enjoyable.
Thank goodness for the little pleasures in life that make everything better. If it wasn’t for chocolate cake and the occasional perfect winter day with a beautiful sunset to top it off, I don’t think some of us would ever feel true contentment.
Do something you enjoy
I have found that doing things that I enjoy during my time of the month helps me take my mind off any discomfort or unpleasantness, and improves my overall attitude about the entire experience. For example, taking my dog out for a walk on a brand new route often gives me a refreshing and positive perspective on life and all things menstrual cycle related!
In today’s world, we women are taking on so many responsibilities. It’s exhausting! The time of the month is a perfect time for us to go on a strike, even for a day. Taking a break from our responsibilities doesn’t make us irresponsible. We’ve earned it, and we should own it – a hot tub, a message appointment, or simply a lazy day of doing nothing. We are allowed PMS holidays, are we not?
So what did I do today? I curled up in bed with my heating pad and a bowl of Rocky Road ice cream and caught up on all of my missed shows for the week that my handy DVR had recorded for me. Ah, heaven. It might sound like a waste of a day to some, but to me taking pleasure in this little stuff is what gets me through my period discomfort, as well as the other little annoyances I deal with from day to day. And it definitely makes me better equipped to handle some of the bigger stuff when it comes my way.
Think about those little moments that help you get through the stressful things in life. Why not do them more when you’re on your period. It helps relax you, put things into perspective… and perhaps even gives you something to look forward to each month.