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11 Things People Who Suffer From Period Pain Understand

11 Things People Who Suffer From Period Pain Understand

While many of us are blessed with painless periods, many others want to scream when they simply hear “period pain.” A lot of people might not even understand what period pain actually feels like (or won’t even believe it exists!).

If you’ve ever experienced period pains, then chances are you’ll probably understand these few things — like when I use the term “apocalypse” for a comparison.

1. We fear tender breasts like an apocalypse announcement

Don’t you hate how your breasts get all swollen, heavy, and sensitive? If you’re used to going bra-less, you suddenly dive into your bra drawer to find the one that will maintain them and keep them from pulling your chest down. If they’re touched or even stared at, you feel like your whole chest is on fire. Just the slightest accidental friction can make you want to commit a murder.

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2. We hate bloating – Cola isn’t always the reason

That infamous pre-period pain you feel just as your belly starts getting bigger and bigger? Yes, this means period pain is on its way. You are afraid, anxious and tired. Does it always have to be the same every month?

3. We have pain that isn’t always physical

You know PMS all too well and your closest friends, family members and partners can recognize it. You feel like the whole world stops caring about you. You want to lie in bed all day and eat sweets while massaging your belly. You’re in pain. A strong, tiring emotional pain.

4. We get horror movie cramps

Now is there really anything to say about how cramps feel? Your uterus is literally destroying itself and it feels like it is trying to kill you. You wonder if you are hosting a legion of tiny dragons, demons, and various other evil creatures that only want to hurt you for as long as they possibly can, until there are no more layers to tear.

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5. We are grateful for painkillers

“Do you have some Ibuprofen ? Oh never mind, do you think you could get me some morphine?” These are words a woman experiencing period pain would say. If you’re lucky, Ibuprofen pills will do. If not, your doctor might even want to give you some sort of injection.

6. We love our hot-water bags

You will try literally anything to ease the pain. Although you may well feel like getting rid of your uterus is the only solution, you will try softer methods instead. The hot-water bag is an all time personal favorite. I love lying in bed with my hot-water bag on my lower abdomen, calling a friend, and complaining about how annoying “lady time” is.

7. We have lower back issues

The terrible pain that appears suddenly in your lower back that makes you say “Uh Oh” and run to the ladies room? You know it too well. You’ve tried to stretch, do back rolls, lay on a pillow, just to realize that it will only go away when your period is over. It’s the kind of pain that makes you want to ask someone to sit or walk on your back. A bit of pressure is always good, isn’t it?

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8. We yell “Mama Mia, my head is about to explode”

Well, you might not say “Mama Mia” a lot (unless you’re Italian), but that second part is most definitely something you know too well with all that is going on in your body. As if feeling dizzy and lost wasn’t enough, you also have to go through headaches, along with all the pain located elsewhere.

9. We hiss “DO NOT TOUCH ME”

Whilst several areas of your body can still look the same during “that” time, some of them can randomly become very painful if they’re touched (for numerous reasons). Fatigue, tiredness, lack of sleep, and hormones combine with that feeling like you don’t even know your own body. Every month you get scared of all the new torture tools your body will discover and use against you.

10. We feel blessed when it’s all over

It’s time to jump around because the pain has finally gone away. It may only be gone for a few hours (if you’re on painkillers); or maybe a few weeks if your period is over, but it’s gone for now and you couldn’t feel less blessed and more happy about it.

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11. We are strong… together

Women struggle once every month, in pain, blood, and mood swings. We get dizzy, lose track of time, and we are unable to focus on things. Despite this, we still manage to go through all of this without too much damage. We acknowledge every other woman, especially if she’s ever gone through any of the same struggles we’ve been through. Period pains is just one of the struggles. We are strong.

Featured photo credit: After sightseeing in Paris/Lars Plougmann via flickr.com

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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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