Mental Health During Your Period
At nixit we are deeply inspired by the courage it takes to live life with mental health challenges.
We get that the battle you're fighting is certainly not easy and we understand that many individuals struggle even more during their period.
As your cycle plays out over the course of the month the hormonal shifts cause good days, bad days, and others that feel like an emotional roller coaster filled with too many ups and downs too count.
For some the cramps and headaches are bad but for you, the mood swings, break downs, and fatigue can make life feel hopeless.
We fiercely believe that even on your worst day you are tough as nails. Despite your emotional discomfort you bravely power through getting stuff done even when it feels impossible.
Our mission is to stand by your side as you walk toward healing in a busy world that can feel full of overstimulation and high expectations.
The Wisdom is Inside of You
In this article, we planned to give you boatloads of advice to boost your mental health during your period but then we remembered that YOU are the only expert on you.
You know yourself better than anyone else and you are the one who has to forge a path toward the light when you find yourself in the dark.
Even though you're not alone on this journey it can still feel impossible to complete the seemingly infinite number of tasks on your to-do list during your period when you are struggling with mental illness.
Our advice to you...
Consider looking inward. Close your eyes and reflect on what has helped in the past. Identify self-care activities that will give you the boost you need to gain momentum.
As you are well aware nothing you will magically make things better but there is always the possibility that one small act of self-love will ease the suffering.
Ideas to Get You Started
Here are a few super basic ideas to get you thinking:
- Go for a walk
- Call your person
- Smell essential oils
- Eat a nourishing meal
- Snuggle with a loved one
- Take a refreshing shower
- Read motivational quotes
- Wear your favorite sweatshirt
- Use your most comfy period products
But most importantly don’t forget that your job isn’t to Do. It. All.
Take the First Step
Listen to your inner voice and let it guide you toward exactly what you need to do to support your mental health during your period and then take the first step.
Harness your grit and put your best foot forward. Start by downloading a meditation app. Turn on the bathwater. Put your shoes on and step outside to breathe in the fresh air.
Contact a Professional
If you are concerned about your thoughts or feel like you need support from mental health professional then go for it. Sometimes getting validation that your mental health challenges are real can really help.
On the other hand, it can also be helpful when a trained individual can listen and provide additional insights.
Ultimately, if you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. Just call 1-800-273-8255 to talk to someone immediately.
You Are Powerful
Remember, that if you can’t take action in this moment it’s okay.
Whether you’re dealing with anxiety, depression, a mood disorder, or other diagnoses while on your period we want to remind you that there is always hope for a better tomorrow.