photos by Tay Tux
I wake up and something is off.. brushing it away.. I get ready, but creating my outfit for the day is less enticing and inspiring. “Blah” and “anxious” are ways that I describe how I’m feeling.
I’m watching a dumb reality show.. and then next thing I know.. I’m crying..
For some reason I can’t parent without losing my mind..
I think things like.. “why do I do what I do.. am I even good at it?”
All of this.. so strange!
And then I realize.. my period is about to start. A few days later I do. DARN HORMONES!
As women we know this, we experience this.. but it is still a THING! RIGHT?! I go from being an excited, inspired, balanced person who sees life with rose colored glasses.. the switch is flipped and suddenly I am dark, uninspired and scary on some days. PMS.
The older I get the more intense my symptoms are… so I brought this up in my discussions with Kaiser Permanente as a Thrive Ambassador.
I spoke with Kaiser’s OBGYN Hormone specialist, Dr. Beth Hamilton, curious to know if what I am experiencing is normal and if there were things that I could do to tame my symptoms. She listened to my situation and assured me that everything I was describing was completely normal, but she did give me some tips on ways to calm things down a bit.
1. EXERCISE – even a quick 30 minutes daily!
2. SLEEP – a solid 7-8 hours a night!
3. STRESS MANAGEMENT – deep breathing, time with friends, reading!
4. HEALTHY DIET – what we eat can affect how we feel. There are apps like My Flo that will suggest what to eat during each part of your cycle!
4. SUPPLEMENTS – primrose oil, Vitamin D, Calcium and Magnesium
I’m actually pretty good at some of these things, but I could work on a few. I’m going to take the challenge to prioritize my body, my womanhood and my hormones in this way for the next few months.
I want to see if there is a difference in my PMS symptoms. A little less Jekyll and Hyde.. a lot more.. BETH JONES! I’ll keep you posted as things start coming up roses!!
This post is in partnership with Kaiser Permanente