What If Periods Were Treated As A Good Thing?

What If Periods Were Treated As A Good Thing?

We need to re-evaluate the way we think about about periods.

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Alright, no one kill me as I say this next line but periods are a good thing for us women. Yes, it involves some serious pain, and moodiness, and acne, and exhaustion BUT it identifies you as a woman-the strongest creature on this planet (and not just because we can make it through that type of pain).

Our periods gives us a chance to embrace what it means to be a woman. Even though I personally dread the pain on my period, it is the time of the month when I feel like can embrace my womanhood and take a bit more care of myself than normal.

One of the best things about women is our compassionate, giving, and tender hearts. This is what makes us distinct from the world. For 25 days out of the month, we love our friends and families, hand out smiles through campus, show up for our friends when they need us, listen and console. Tell me when was the last time you did this for yourself? The last time you had compassion for yourself? Treated yourself gently?

This is the purpose of resting during your period. You get to intentionally focus on what you need in order to return back into the world, delivering your beautiful heart and soul to the people around you who are blessed to have it in their lives.

Now for me, back pain, cramps, moodiness, anger, and exhaustion, are specific to the first two days of this wonderful ordeal. All I want to do is lie in bed for those 48 hours and rest.

But noooooooo, I gotta keep going, keep pushing, getting things done. I think the time of our periods should be a lot more sacred week in our lives than it is now.

Currently, we see it creeping towards us over the horizon and when it hits, we just power right through it. But our bodies are asking us to slow the heck down. Our bodies are showing us that we can let go of what we don't need anymore. So resting and rejuvenating and reflecting can show you what your heart no longer needs to be lugging around either and put some creativity and life back into your system.

Here are some tips on how to embrace what our periods are trying to show us:

1. Tell your friends and family ahead of time. 

You know when you see that friend walk through the classroom door for at 8:00 am looking like she could just maybe kill someone and you immediately know "it" has begun?

Or you schedule a dinner with a friend to work out some small conflicts in your friendship and then you just start crying and getting super emotional and your friend is staring at you with some definite confusion?

Yup unfortunately been there both times. I have now made it a point to tell my close friends (and family when I am home) that my period is coming and there's nothing anyone can do to stop it so everyone just hold onto your hats. This doesn't give me permission to act any way I want but does let them know that I am going to need some space and gentleness and rest.

2. Try to get work done before your period starts.  

If you have a bunch of projects and homework coming up during the first few days of your period, get it done beforehand. I cannot tell you how much this helps bring the stress level down and gives me permission to rest more and talk more kindly to myself without the regular chatter of to-do lists in my head.

3. Take care of yourself. 

Take an essential oil bath. Give yourself a foot massage. Have a deep conversation with a friend. JOURNAL. Take a walk at sunset. Color mandalas. Paint a canvas. Watch an inspirational movie. Paint your nails. Decorate your room. Play some piano. Read a book. Bake something delicious (or in my case, burn something delicious).

The purpose is just to carve out some time for yourself to slow down and do some reflecting.

4. Give yourself permission to be emotional. 

Many people think of expressing emotions as a weakness, especially if you are a woman. You know how they say: "Oh she's emotional so she must be on her period." No more of that, please. Emotions are powerful so if you want to cry, then cry. When you cry, scientifically, your body experiences a release of tension and stress. These tears are a gift and they help unburden your heart.


On your period, please rest. Honor your womanhood. Do not be ashamed of it. Yes, there's a ridiculous amount of never-ending stuff, but do let your heart and body take a break. You are worth taking care of and you are enough, just as you are.

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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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Why Ignorance In Our Country Is Not Bliss

And it never will be.

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The saying ignorance is bliss is a bunch of crap. Ignorance is ignorance.

With everything going on in our country, I think it is very important for us to be educating ourselves.

You don't trust the news? Do your own digging.

You don't understand? Do some research.

You don't have the same perspective? Share it.

You only have your religious beliefs to base your knowledge? Learn before you judge.

We live in a scary world today. People judge others they've never met or before they've ever heard their story. People involve themselves in matters that they shouldn't be involved in. People are trying to regulate other people's bodies.

People don't want to learn about the issues they so strongly believe in. People don't want to hear the other side. When did party affiliation become more important than being a human being? When did men get the power to decide what women can do with their bodies? When did we stop being compassionate? When did we stop being decent human beings?

I don't want to live in a world where I have all these questions.

I don't want to live in a world where a judicial system will convict a woman who got an abortion after she was raped, but won't convict her rapist.

I don't want to live in a world where my social media timeline makes me want to cry.

I want to live in a world where everyone's opinion matters, not just the one you agree with.

I want to live in a world where everyone's voice is heard equally, not just the one's in power.

I want to live in a world where everyone's story is taken into consideration, not just the one's the government wants you to hear.

I want to live in a world where I can raise a young girl and not be afraid for her.

I want to live in a world where we do good.

I want to live in a world where we have differences, but that doesn't make us any less equal.

I want to live in a world where we don't judge before we know.

I want to live in a world where religious beliefs are respected.

I want to live in a world where it doesn't matter what political party you are.

I want to live in a world where people see right from wrong.

I want to live in a world where I am not afraid.

What kind of world do you want to live in?

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