I am thrilled to introduce you all to author Jenny Lee Sulpizio. Jenny is a wife and mother of three who enjoys writing about anything and everything under the sun, but especially loves to instruct, motivate, and guide other moms with practical advice, tips, and a whole lot of comic relief in the process. Jenny’s forthcoming book “Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe: On a Mission to Save Sanity, One Mom at a Time” hits bookshelves next month but you’ll have a chance to win your own copy here!
I’m just going to go ahead and come right out and say it:
It’s totally my time of the month.
Ugh. Sigh. Eek. Ew. Gasp!
And as a mom of three, husband of one and C.E.O. of my household, I’ll be honest in stating that I’m not a gal you want to mess with when that (evil) monthly visitor decides to pay me a visit. That sounds bad, huh? But during those moments of luteal mischief, I find I’m at the mercy of my raging hormones and just can’t help it.
This isn’t how I want it to be though. I mean, I feel horrible for my family, or anyone else I come in contact with during this time. I’m cranky, ornery, and just plain irritable. I have no control over those wacky hormones of mine…but there’s got to be a better way, right? Well, aside from turning into the female version of the Incredible Hulk that is.
Yep. We ladies must find a way to combat our craziness and remain in control. We need to figure out how to handle the conditions associated with this monthly disorder, and still deal with our families (in a way that doesn’t scream “Cross my path and pay the price”). So, short of going into hiding or secluding ourselves from society in general, what can we do to free ourselves from those not-so-fun-female-problems?
I might just have your answer.
In my soon-to-be-released-book, “Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe: On a Mission to Save Sanity, One Mom at a Time,” I’ve described a number of ways in which we ladies can learn to keep calm and carry on.
Try these on for size.
1.) Take a hot bath: Now for a mom in high demand, fifteen minutes of soak time may be a little hard to come by but this is where you need to employ the help of a loved one in order to get the relief you need. Ask a spouse, family member or friend to watch your kiddos for a few minutes while you indulge in a hot bath. Or, wait until your cherubs have gone to bed and take as long as you want in order to rid yourself of some of those pesky PMS symptoms. It works, seriously.
2.) Invest in essential oils: Talk about relaxing, no matter what symptom you’re suffering from, they’ve got an essential oil for that. Get yourself some Valor, a Stress-Away roll-on, or even some lavender to help you through this monthly mood-swingin’ time. Word to the wise.
3.) Stick to a healthy diet: No really! As much as I would love to down a slew of Twinkies, Choc-O-Diles, Ho-Ho’s and Ding-Dongs, this may not be the best idea (for my blood sugar levels or my waistline). Keep your period in mind when doing your grocery shopping and stock your fridge with healthy snack items/food choices the week you expect your “special friend.” You’ll be so glad you did.
4.) Exercise: Wait, whaaaat? I know, the last thing I want to do when dealing with my period is to workout, jump up and down, run a mile, or do anything that requires any sort of physical exertion at all. But as it turns out, exercise may be just what we need to take the edge off our mood(s) and keep us sane. So, get out of the fetal position, get active, and enjoy those endorphins.
5.) Avoid chick-flicks: When dealing with PMS, the last thing you want to do is turn on Lifetime television and indulge in a sad, sappy, chick-flick. You know-one that causes the tears to flow and the heartache to linger? Um, no thanks! Add that to the irritability experienced when you realize that your hubby in no way acts like the sensitive, macho main character in the film, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Avoid the sap, and indulge in a comedy instead. Your mood (and your husband) will thank you for it.
Hey, PMS and the period that follows are certainly not the highlight of our month but we don’t need to give it any more control over us than it already has. By incorporating some of these tips, we can embrace this time a little bit better, and not rip the heads off of our loved ones in the process. And that, my friends, is a good thing!
How ‘bout you? What do you do to help ease the tension that comes along with your monthly visitor?
Interested in more tips to help combat those monthly “crazies?” Enter here for a chance to win a copy of my new book (I hear Wendy’s throwing in a little something extra too to sweeten the deal!):
To find out more about Jenny or to follow her blog, visit www.jennyleesulpizio.com.