Let me start by wishing my American friends a happy Thanksgiving :) Have a great week-end friends.
I have been going back and forth all day about writing this post for a couple of reasons. For one, it’s very personal, and for two it’s a holiday in my neighboring country.
But, I’ve decided that since I kept thinking about it I might as well write it. And it always makes me feel better / less alone when I read that others go through similar things to me, even the less fun / glamorous stuff.
I’ve written somewhere here about being diagnosed with PCOS. And one of the effect is having irregular cycles. It’s all well and good, but it’s also accompanied in my case by a monster case of PMS. The kind that made my doctor advise me to take some supplements to help.
In the last 2 weeks, I have been tired and craving sugar. I have struggled with working out and I have been (very) moody.
When I try to work out, I get hot flushes and get faint. When I eat, I go from having no appetite to craving all the sugar. With my mood, I go from loving wife to crying mess in 2 minutes.
And now, my back is so sore that I can barely get up / sit down. My chest is so sore that the smallest contact makes me wince in pain. All that and no sign of my actual cycle.
At least this time I don’t have too much anxiety. I know the last couple of cycles were preceded by 2 weeks of severe anxiety and stress. And while I knew it was hormonal (rather than real stress) it was still really hard to deal with.
So why am I telling you all that? One reason let’s face it is to unwind. To write it down is to acknowledge it and vent my frustration. But I also want to share what helps me with you.
Physical activity is hard for me just now, just the other day I nearly fainted in the pool! But I still try to force myself to go for a gentle swim, a bit of rowing on our machine or at the very least some walking. Now is not the time for lifting, boxing and HIIT workout, but gentle exercise is good for the body and the soul.
Eat healthy, while indulging. Since I don’t want to completely deprive myself of cheese and sweets, I have been making my own treats. And I have been accompanying them with fruits / veggies and whole grains. It’s all about balance.
Rest: I am very tired because of this damn PMS, so I have been listening to my body and resting. Simple enough, even though it means staying home and going to bed early for a few days (boring).
Apologize: Cried for nothing? Got angry at your friend / partner / dog (lol)? Say sorry, explain you’re not quite yourself and move on.
Heat: heat packs, the fabric kind with rice inside you put in the microwave, are the best. I wish I hadn’t forgotten to bring mine to work today. I could have hidden it under my desk ;)
He’s been warned: no booby touching unless it’s very gentle. And now is the time to pull out any super soft bra and top.
And to think they call us the weaker sex. Most men I know think they are dying when they have the flu haha And let’s not even talk of what we go through to have a baby…
Do you have any tips on how to “survive” this fun time?
Also, meanwhile in Canada: Bear attack