Can I just tell you how sick and tired I am of getting so emotional and out of my head every month? I cry, scream, yell and laugh hysterically in quick-fire succession as if I were a bit player in a summer stock production of “One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest.”
Well, you know what I’m going to do from now on? Instead of getting blindsided by my hormones, I’m going to take the necessary steps to level out my menstrual mania.
For starters, I’m actually going to work out more when I’m “mensing.” When I’m bloated, tired and weepy, the last thing I want to do is work out, so I make all sorts of excuses. Next month, I’m going to soldier on. You know why? Because, even after a short but rigorous workout, the body releases endorphins, and those endorphins flood the body with a tingly sense of calm and happiness. Even if I’m not in the mood – I had better get in the mood!
Speaking of getting in the mood, you know what else releases endorphins? Bow-chic-a-wow-wow. You guessed right. And you know what else sex does? It actually helps to relieve the pain of cramps by contracting the uterus during orgasm. In my opinion, sex is medically necessary during your cycle! I’m sure my boyfriend will be thrilled to hear that. Bring on the bottle of vino and the chocolate covered strawberries.
Oh, and while we’re on the topic of chocolate, the next thing I’m going to start doing is giving in to temptation. Heck, if I’ve just worked out, that chocolate sundae I’ve been craving isn’t going to stick to my thighs – but it will darn well make me feel a whole heck of a lot better. When I have PMS, I am a big-time emotional eater, and I’m done fighting it. Allowing myself even the smallest luxury is going to level me out for the day.
I guess in a nutshell, instead of feeling like I’m going crazy – next month, I’m going to allow myself to go crazy. Perhaps that very minor distinction will make all the difference.