Warning: This post is mostly about PMS. If you are male, feel free to hop along to the next blog in your reading list. Seriously. I won’t take it personally :)
Almost two weeks of no posts.
I’ve been laying low again.
It’s like clockwork these days – the first 2 weeks of my month I’m feeling pretty good and then on day 14 the hormone levels change and boom – I walk around as if my head’s in cotton wool no longer knowing who I am or what I’m doing or why I’m doing what I’m doing.
It’s so much like clockwork that it’s getting ridiculous. Apparently I’m not alone though. Apparently 75% of women suffer quite severely for a week or two every month.
If you’ve got history of depression (check) or are in your ‘late reproductive years’ (check), the two week just-wanting-to-nap (or eat muffins) period is almost a given. :|
So… woe is me. I either want to exercise or sleep. Actually, I don’t want to exercise but I do it anyway. Just because it’s magic. It truly is. I rock up to Crossfit or go for a run and for an hour I remember again who I am.
Fascinating stuff. Hormones and endorphins and serotonin and stuff.
So is there a cure? Apparently there is but I’m already doing so many things in the list of things I should be doing that I can’t see why I’m not cured already. Here’s a good article with a list of everything that could/should alleviate PMS symptoms.
The good news is that today it’s day 25 and the fog is lifting, it has been lifting for 2-3 days already, my mind is getting clearer. It is surreal how it just comes over me and then just lifts, how I can feel it happening so clearly both ways, how something intangible is so palpable.
This stuff is hard to write about. Always has been. But I make myself write about it because it’s important stuff – hormones and depression and Other Complicated Mental Health Stuff.
It’s important stuff even though when I am feeling low I’m embarrassed and confused and just want to sleep it all away. The fact that I’m publishing this post today must mean that the low point for this month is over :)
What do you think? Is PMS a myth? (I used to think so in my 20s) Do you mind reading about my low times? Do you want me to write more about my PBs, cause I’ve got some?! – 80kg back squat on Monday :)