heya! welcome back to maggie’s doodles, where i share inspiration and creativity from my life! i’m so glad you’re here *hugs*
so i’ve been thinking about *that* time of the month recently, since it of course comes back around like every three weeks. (imagine being that bold 😒😂 like having the ✨audacity✨ to return when you were never welcome?? haha)
i end up learning more about my cycle all the time because there are new symptoms (weehoo lol) and new ways of coping (awesome news!) that i discover! so i figure, since most of my audience are lovely ladies 💖 i could share my insight with you for navigating our times of the month!
by the way, if you happen to be a guy reading this, you can tap out now. lol OR if you wanna support the women in your life and learn more about our cycles, that would be amazing too! 😍
this post doesn’t contain anything graphic or mature. if you’re a preteen unfamiliar with periods, definitely talk with your mom or a trusted older friend about it first.
by the way, i have a blog i recommend for more posts on hormones, periods, and navigating girl teenhood! it’s called A Girls Guide and it’s a blog run by some of my friends. definitely check it out if you’re interested! 💕
another note: this post shares my personal experiences and things i do to make myself more comfortable. i’m not a doctor or professional, so consider all these tips as advice from a friend, not professional guidance!
- aches & cramps // i’m uncomfy/totally uncomfortable the first four or five days of my period, as well as hurting on and off for over a week before i start! that equals out to around two weeks of each month having cycle discomfort. i’ve taken to calling pms cramps ‘ghost cramps’ 👻 lol since my period hasn’t even started at that point yet!
- drink water.
- avoid soda. (soda usually makes me feel more bloated.)
- apply heat and ice as you need to.
- take otc meds (tylenol and ibuprofen) if you’re able to.
- enjoy sitting.
- take it easy on yourself.
- wanting to eat happy food // i really noticed this one recently! i couldn’t decide what i wanted for dinner from mcdonalds one night, so i got three different things to basically ‘snack’ on lol. i may or may not have overeaten and lounged around (uncomfortably) on the couch after that. it’s like food helps you feel happy, but it can’t actually help boost your mood for that long before you gotta eat again.
- find some healthier snacks/treats you enjoy (i.e fruit, dark chocolate)
- up your protein (i crave protein all the time on my period!) (i.e. make protein shakes, eat grilled chicken)
- try finding a gum you like (it gives you something to do instead of wanting to eat a bunch/eat foods you don’t actually want)
- try tic-tacs or mint (mint helps curb cravings!)
- losing motivation // i’m like “what’s really the point of anything anymore??” that drop in estrogen (happy hormones) while pmsing is no. joke. i find new ways all the time to hold on to the inspiration, passion, and productivity i naturally have the rest of the month! it’s crazy how much of that stability is based on being chemically balanced lol. so i have to employ every ounce of my effort to continue reaching goals and staying positive, which usually takes modifying things so i can reach smaller goals. 💖
- set small goals for yourself
- wait to make big decisions that feel intimidating
- have your parent or friend help you make decisions (it’s okay to ask for help)
- follow through with certain things (even if you think you don’t have the energy, you can still do these things! i believe in you!)
- continue with good habits (i.e. keep drinking water, doing your exercise routine, going to bed at a good time)
- being fine, then being not fine, then being fine again // two words: mood swings. it startles me how quickly i can go from being upset about something, to being pretty chill afterward!
- take deep breaths
- think about what’s going right in your day
- focus on what you’re currently doing
- talk to other people about what they’re up to (sometimes we need to be distracted from our own thoughts)
- wanting hugs // i go from wanting people to *get away* to needing them close! idk how it can go from “don’t touch me” to “i need long hugs.” i guess that’s the mood swings thing.
- ask for hugs from people you trust
- let your friends know you appreciate them
- acne // i almost forgot this one lol!! i’ll be like gee, what’s wrong with my skin? what have i been eating lately? yeah it’s not just my diet, it’s my hormones.
- try not to pick
- put neosporin on painful acne
- don’t eat as much oily food
- crying at the drop of a hat // it’s crazy, depending on the month for me, i’ll either need a good cry (i.e. over a heartwarming video, or a sad video), and other months i don’t want to shed a tear at all. so if you need a cry or want to avoid cries, you can either pursue watching something that will help you express some emotions, or avoid what makes you feel that way.
- don’t be afraid to express your feelings.
- watch movies, listen to music, read books, etc. that help you feel better
- getting mad, then getting sad // ohhh boy, this one’s so real 😭 it’s like immediately after getting irritated at someone or something, i cry right after and want hugs. like i snap and crumble real quick. i try to avoid not getting worked up, since it’s not fun when this happens, but i still blow up at things.
- forgive yourself for getting emotional
- think about others’ intent (most of the time, they’re not trying to upset me)
- remove yourself from a situation when you’re able to
- take a breather
- feeling touchy // i hadn’t thought about it until recently, but my skin ends up feeling crawly leading up to my period! like different clothes are irritating (except they’re fine the rest of the month), and my legs and armpits feel bad if i haven’t shaved recently enough (usually i can go a bit before shaving again, since i get bad razor burn). so i end up having to modify my habits (i.e. wear more comfy clothes) since stubble and certain clothes make my hair stand on end 😆
- wear clothes that feel good to you
- hydrate your skin
- put on lotion/perfume you like
- adjust your bedding and clothes so you don’t get too hot or too cold
things i do to help
me prepare for my cycle
i get enough supplies for my next cycle. pads, tampons, ibuprofen, ice packs, and comfy pants are a must!
i make sure all those supplies are accessible! i’ll have everything i need at home (in the bathrooms for easy access, and in my room to refill those supplies), as well as supplying my backpack with everything i need for on the go.
i adapt my lifestyle. i take into consideration that i’ll want to sit more, relax in the evenings, and that getting ready to go somewhere takes longer.
i mentally prepare myself. i’ll remember that even though having a period is no fun, i have different ways of getting ready, coping, and getting through it!
thank you sooo much for reading! if you’ve made it this far, comment a 👸 emoji because we’re all doing an awesome job handling our cycles! 💞
let me know in the comments if you have any tips or questions! we can help answer them, and i can potentially make this post part of a series.