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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Dear PMSing Writer

Dear PMSing Writer,

Sorry guys but this one is for the ladies.

PMS stands for Premenstrual Syndrome. Symptoms are mood swings, food cravings, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, muscle pains, irritability and depression. The list could go on. Occasionally these symptoms are disabling in which case it's called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

I’ve noticed that I tend to become extremely tired for about a week before my menstrual period starts. During this time it is almost impossible for me to write because I can barely drag myself out of bed or wake myself up long enough to think clearly. My motivation is low. 

Actually, I do have big motivation…to sleep! And that’s about it.

Not being able to write sucks! I feel horrible not getting only work done in my WIP during this time, but it’s not something I can help. I could force out words and maybe crank out a pathetic paragraph or two but that’s about it.

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If you go through this same problem, my only tip is to REST!

This exhaustion is your body telling you to take a break and a nap. In a few days, we’ll soon be feeling better (less tired but maybe cramping) and able to get some real work done. Until then, don’t overdo anything. Relax!

1. Stretch out on the couch with a book.

2. Eat some chocolate.

3. Drink hot tea.

4. Go to bed early.

Once you’re feeling better, and more awake, strive for a writing goal and applaud yourself on your final word/page count even if you don't reach your goal.

QUESTIONS: Do you suffer from PMS or PMDD? How do you handle your symptoms? Do they get in the way of your everyday life (your writing)?

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Huntress said...

And exercise.


Oh pardon. I kinda lost it there.

There are some days the dog and cats squeeze under the table with the hubby. They know better than to come out until The Mood leaves.

And Hellfire, I'm waaay past PMS-ing. It's Menopause now. (why the fruitcakes they call it "Men-O-Pause" though...wait...yeah, I know. It's because OnCe AgaiN he's left his underwear in the middle of the laundry room instead of putting in the Fruitcaking basket......crap...sigh...Okay back to exercising and chocolate)

Chrys Fey said...

I can't exercise during this time. It's physically impossible for me. The most exercising I can do is taking a walk. That's it.

LMAO!!!! You are too funny, Huntress.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

Exercise helps me too; I guess it's something about the endorphins that make me feel better. PMS is the worst, especially because it makes me even more neurotic and moody than usual. Even a commercial will make me cry, so I'm always glad when PMS is over.

dolorah said...

I had a hysterectomy about 8 years ago, but I sometimes feel I suffer PMS. Maybe its just a woman thing :)

Chrys Fey said...

@Neurotic, next time I'll have to try to exercise when I'm suffering from PMS. Even if I'm tired and achy, I'll try.

@Dolorah, I think these symptoms like to stick around no matter what.