- Anybody ever had a case of the Mondays? You know it’s bad enough y, coming to the end fo your Sunday eveningsydy, and having that ‘ugh’ thought that tomorrow is Monday, yet again. Wakingy up the next morning, having to dig far, Fargo beneathy the surface for thatb. Gym motivation, and strength just to get out of bed(if n you haven’t already snoozed before your alarm about 57 times). Uh
- V Well, take that feeling, and add a case of ‘that time. By of the month’ hormones and internal discomfort on top of that. I’d say thats a recipe for a pretty sloppy, self-loathing sundae. One that’s. By yyoy I more than likely, would deny every. single. time. if offered to me. But ythat’s just me being honest.
I can always tell when that time is coming, because of that annoying two-week time period beforehand. I never took mental notes until the more recent years of my life, when I would engage in strange behavior, have an endless appetite, and warn everyone to steer clear, for I would be like a bull in a china shop; see red and I am done for. I feel bad for anyone in your immediate circle, or anyone of significance because, you know they must love you a lot to stick around after those antics.
One thing I know for sure, is that when I’m feeling as crappy as crap can feel, and just want to be left alone, but comforted to the fullest extent and loved and cuddle as much as possible; that can’t and won’t always be the case. And just like getting up and having to adult from 9-5 every Monday, sometimes you just have to have a good emotional break-down, an intense pep-talk in the mirror, maybe even a big bowl of the most chocolatey ice cream in the world and squeeze into those now, more than likely, tighter than tight jeans that were loose last week- so now you’re contemplating the fuzziest of sweat pants, orr those stylish leggings reserved for times like this- and put your brave girl face on just long enough to brace the real world, and make it back home to wallow in your bloody misery(no pun intended).
For those desperate times, as I’m sure everyone’s situation and experience is different; as well as, methods for healing and coping and dealing with this monthly annoyance, I have a few tips, tricks, things that I do that help with my emotional disaster, so maybe they’ll help another during their time of need as well. After all, we’re blood sisters, right?
- First things first- if you’re against drugs, you can simply move to the next bullet. Now I don’t condone the use of healers as such, but I also don’t dismiss them. Usually if the pain has suddenly occurred, or you know it’s a nightly thing(as mine is), I resort heavily towards the assistance from any over the counter medications. Anything from Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Midol, even the store brand pain relievers work too. I don’t have a problem with the drugs having caffeine in them, or the other substances that are apparently bad for your body/stomach and overall health, blah blah blah. I don’t think its bad if it’s a few times a month to cure your aching, but then again, that’s just me. Also, pain/sleep medications work wonders as well!
- Heating pads/cooling compressions. I’m telling you, they are a GOD send. I had a few growing up and somehow they were lost in translation or just stopped working altogether; thus my acquiring of this awesome bear shaped aromatherapy bean bag, so-to-speak. It was an impulse buy- at the time thinking I’d have no use for it, just want it because fuzzy– but has surprisingly been my monthly companion for quite some time now, and even in times when I need a little warming up. I snagged this guy at Bed Bath and Beyond although not available anymore, just to give you an idea. I’m sure there are loads more like this, or less intimidating for the ill-hearted *rolls eyes*, you can look up my version or different on Amazon, although mine was purchased significantly cheaper; if taken care of it will last you quite awhile, and the aromatic smell that comes from the heating of these seeds is so pleasant and calming, definitely a must if you’re one for wanting to be put at ease. Also, if you’re alone, the aspect of the bear softness isn’t entirely too bad for a distraction or for feeling something soft.
- TEA. Tea. Teaaaaaaa. All the way. It is my go-to, my confidant; I mean I drink it regardless if my aunt’s in town, I’m all like ‘Yo girl I know you’re all up in my business, but like, you can wait cause this tea is comin in hot and it aint gonna wait.’ Literally, I mean, besides all those health benefits drinking tea gives/does to you, it’s entirely way too soothing, in the best way. There’s a multitude of flavors out there, and promising herb mixtures, I’m sure there’s even one’s for lady pains for that time of the month. Although I’ve been sipping on some simple green tea, and a zesty herbal lemon mix, my usual go to is the Yogi Tea, this one perfect for the ladies’ cycle timing. I love their relaxing teas too, chamomile, and their bedtime one is a favorite. The hot/warm sensation as you’re drinking it, going down your throat, sort of warming your whole body, and into the stomach- as close as it can get to your pulsating organ I’d say- and eases that tension just that much more. It can even double as a heating pad if you have the urge and coordination to hold it there with or without burning your fingertips off.
- Do a sh*tload of pampering yourself. Whether it’s doing the toes or fingers with a wash of pretty paint, getting your hair cut, a massage, having a long hot bath; anything that helps ease the self-loathing, and feeling bad about yourself for the duration of the week, even the smallest of pick-me-ups can help. Now, I don’t come from money, and with my self-ritcheous Aries ways, I’m a natural DIYer, so I opt more for the inexpensive at home tricks. One of my favorites to cure those unexpected, unpreventable, ugly little pop-ups that arise on your face on random mornings, mostly painful, are face masks. I resort to Pinterest for those two weeks prior to the main event, and occasional during, just to keep the pretty coming. It’s a nice way to see different options for different types of skin, hormonal activity, and I just get bored of the same facial routine over and over. Except for one, which is my go-to, time and time again. It’s super simple, found here. Four ingredients, all super good for your skin, and in my case, if you’re acne prone, it helps significantly to reduce inflammation, redness, my pores seem smaller after I do the mask, brighter over time, and just overall smooth. It’s a win-win, every time. Just remember, when you get the urge to pick, just mask it!
- Work it out, twerk it out. No really.. I get the worst cramps during my time, but usually only for the first couple days, and one thing that always helps me get through it or tough it out is when I put myself through an ultra-satisfying sweat session. Whether it be at the gym, or in the comfort of my own home because I don’t exactly feel like putting real pants on; I can always rely on the help of youtube videos. Lately I’ve been on this Yoga kick, so I know there are tons of moves and positions you can try out/do, that’ll ease the tension within your abdominals. Run through it on the treadmill, walk fast paced uphill, jog if you need speed but not that much. And if all else fails, just throw some music on at home and jump around, make up moves, try some quirky squat moves, or ones that make you move your hips side-to-side, or back and forth. The movement and rotation of your midsection will feel good to break-up the tension within, and even help to burn a few calories in the process.
Hope some of this helps you, if any of them at all; and if all else fails, there is always just going the chocolate route, mapping the closest milkshake spot within a 5 mile radius, you get the gist.
Would love to know what some of your favorites are- Your go-to methods that you swear by, that work wonders, make the cramps nonexistent. Anything I haven’t mentioned, or specific things I did, but alternative routes you take, would love to hear any feedback!
Stay positive, stay vibin. Until next time 🙂