As I grow
**[Inserting motherly advice here:] On a side-note, if you are prone to PMS "crankiness", I encourage you to begin taking note of when that happens, what events exacerbate your bad mood, what foods are you eating, etc. Keeping a journal with short notes can provide invaluable information. This is also extremely helpful for teenage girls! I have talked with my girls and explained the hormone-mood connection. I
Back to me.
For the last few days I have really been struggling with everything from what I have not accomplished with homeschooling, to my importance within my family. Now the rational Michelle KNOWS that her children are well educated, morally solid, spiritually sound, and overall well adjusted. She also KNOWS her family loves and needs her. So what the heck has been my problem?! You guessed it...hormones. Not PMS necessarily, and no, not menopause thankyouverymuch! lol Nonetheless, I recognized this specific brand of crazy as my own, personal hormonal charade.
Admitting there is a problem may be half the battle, but for me, it's the easy half! How to get a grip is another issue altogether!! After three days of trying to simply cope and not completely alienate my husband, I did something crazy. I exercised! Whaaat?!
Not 30 minutes after a very gentle yoga session, I was a new woman. Seriously, the change was monumental. I didn't even think about the potential emotional benefits when I did it; I only knew my body needed it. Lesson learned! Just one more line item in my list of things I know about myself: When overly emotional, you need to get your bod moving, Sister!! I can assure you I will not allow the hormonal you-know-what-storm to continue for days again without a little endorphin indulgence.
Oh, and you know what else releases endorphins? Sex. Just a tip. ;-)