How do you stay positive when it seems like your period is out to get you?
I used to really dislike my period. I thought it was a real inconvenience, a monthly annoyance I just had to “deal” with. Well, let’s just say times have changed and I borderline enjoy getting my period nowadays.
Well, the flood gates opened a few days ago when I started my period. You see, it's not always well behaved.
I bled through a total of three pairs of jeans that day, which never happens, especially considering the fact I was wearing a different pair of Thinx with each pair, and my cup with the last two.
And, do you know what I did?
I just laughed it off each time it happened. Like, "Oh period look at what you did, ya silly period you." And I was also semi impressed it happened because like I said, it rarely happens. Like, I almost took a picture to send to my friends before deciding that the blood stain in my pants might be a little TMI for even my friends.
I was at work the first time it happened, and I just said, hey I’ll be right back I’ve got to go change, flashing my coworker my growing red spot. And thankfully I was only a block away from my apartment. (I realize not everyone can do this. That’s where the old sweater trick comes in handy.)
The second time was later that day when I was home working on my computer, and the third was on the way back from my friend’s house that night.
I guess I kind of looked at it probably how parents look at their babies spitting up after eating. You’re not going to get pissed off at your baby for spitting up because it happens, right? I’ve never seen anyone yell or slap their baby around for doing this, so why do we get pissed off at our bodies for just doing something that naturally happens? You just have to say, whoops, let me get a rag and clean that up mr. baby.
And then just add in some extra precautions going forward for the rest of the day. Like how before I went to bed I put a pair of boxer briefs over my underwear and then some sweatpants on before laying a red towel over my sheets — just in case.
Don't hate your period for just doing it's job. Stop fighting with it and yelling at it for little accidents. Learn how to best coincide with it, work with it, and I think you'll be surprised with the outcome. What's that quote by William James again?
"If you can change your mind, you can change your life."
Yeah, start thinking of how you can apply this to your menstrual life.