The Power of the Period: Separating Fact From Fiction

For centuries upon centuries, women have been spending at least one week a month under the sheer will of their period. If we chow down on a bag of chips, a tub of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and two kit kat bars all in one sitting, it’s OK because we’re on our period.

If we burst into tears over there not being enough ketchup left, no biggie, it’s just that time of the month. And if we get into a 30-minute screaming match with our boyfriend over whether or not he thinks Jennifer Lawrence is hot, it’s all good, we’re simply a little moody.

See where we’re going with this?

Ladies, this may come as a shock, but is it possible that for far too long, we’ve given too much power to our period?

Here, we’re going to separate fact from fiction and provide you with the necessary details on how to regain the power and take control of your life.

 

Fiction: We have to eat everything in our sight

Fact: According to the Wellpath.com, your hunger levels before and during your period rev up due to your body using more calories, thus requiring a larger-than-normal intake of food. You can also blame those naughty food cravings on your hormones, which is similar to what women experience when they’re pregnant. Pickles, anyone?

How to fix it: Yes, our hormones may be out of whack, but it’s also just food cravings, something that each and every one of us have experienced and overcome at some point in our lives. Keep this mindset the next time you crave something. Trying drinking a glass of water instead of reaching for your eighth cookie of the day.

If the craving is just too powerful, allow yourself to indulge but not overindulge. For example, if you’re craving ice cream, eat from a bowl, not the container.

Fiction: We have the right to snap at everyone

Fact: According to Chatelaine, the moodiness of a woman’s period is rooted in Hollywood culture. Just think of it. We’ve seen countless spoofs of women on their period, turning into the female Godzilla the second someone even so much as looks at them the wrong way. A study done by the University of Toronto actually found no correlation between hormones and mood.

How to fix it: First, you have to stop blaming your hormones and giving yourself the ‘right’ to be moody. Take a few minutes each day to write down any stresses in your life. Then, decide if any of those are the reason for your anger and take care of them like you would any stress. Mood lifters can include exercising, eating right, meditating, yoga and spending time with the ones you love.

Fiction: Low energy equals a week of not caring

Fact: Along with the cramps. moodiness and bad eating habits we’ve allowed to ourselves to undertake for the week, having no energy and opting for full-time sweats, seems to be a natural next step. While Premenstrual Fatigue is a real problem that causes feelings of low energy and depression, some women tend to unconsciously take advantage of it.

How to fix it: As mentioned above, some women do take the whole “blah-feeling” a bit too far, by comfortably resorting to canceling plans, staying home and adopting the whole, “sweat pants, hair-tied, chilling with no makeup on” Drake-approved look. To fix this, treat fatigue just as anyone would treat depression: continue living a normal life as much as possible. Go at your own individual pace, but make the effort to get out of bed, put on a nice outfit, see friends and get back out there.

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