Ew, Periods

I’m sorry but we have to talk about that monthly pest. If you have never had a period before or just started having them, this post will benefit you. If you have been having periods for a while and would like to know some relief tips, this will benefit you as well. 

What is a period?

“Simply put: A period is when a woman’s body releases tissue it no longer needs. This tissue comes from the uterus, which is where a baby (fetus) can develop in the female body. Every month or so, the uterus lining gets thicker to prepare for a fertilized egg if the woman becomes pregnant. If the egg doesn’t get fertilized, that lining is released from the body as blood through the vagina. This monthly process is called menstruation or a period.” -Beinggirl.com    

This happens every 28 days.

Sanitation products: Pads (Napkins) or Tampons? 

It depends on what you are comfortable with. If you try a tampon and don’t like it that is fine. I would recommend never using pads with no wings because they shift and leave you with a mess. Also if you want a lot of comfort and don’t want to check for leakages so often, wear overnight pads all of the time. Overnight pads a super comfortable. Switch to thin pads near the end when your period is almost over (you will see a huge decrease in blood.) If you choose tampons try to wear a pantiliner with them in case your tampon leaks. 

What can I do?

You can do anything on your period. Some suggest swimming (with a tampon) is fine but I have never done it. I read if you exercise your pains will be reduced and you can cause your period to end faster (don’t know if this is actually true, but it’s always worth a try.)  Don’t let a little blood stop you!

Oh, the Pain!

This is the worst part of having a period in my opinion, but there are ways to reduce your pain. 

  • I always take an ibuprofen which helps with cramps and headaches. There are many medicines out there for menstrual cycles that will help the pain go away. Again, you have to find what’s best for you. 
  • Peppermint oil is the greatest during these times. If you rub a little on your stomach, you will feel sort of a numbness and a cooling sensation. The peppermint oil can also create a relaxed feeling.
  • Okay, this one might sound weird but drink pickle juice! I have no idea where I learned this one from, but it always works. You can also just eat pickles if you are not comfortable drinking the juice.
  • If you want a distraction from the pain buy (or have you parents buy) what you are craving. My go to is definitely potato chips and chocolate, then I crawl up in my bed and watch a movie. 
  • Bloating also causes a lot of pain during this time. Our bodies retain water during our cycles so I drink a lot before I start and don’t drink much during that time. 
  • Get a heated pad or take a warm shower.
  • Drink tea! Green tea is a go to.

Underwear Stains

A lot of women have “Period Panites” which are underwear that have been stained or are their most comfortable pairs. If you wake up and have leakage, don’t worry. Taking them in the shower with you to do a mini hand wash usually gets most to all of the blood off.

PMS

“Premenstrual syndrome is a complex of physical and emotional changes, including depression,irritability, appetite changes, bloating and water retention, breast soreness, and changes in muscular coordination, one or more of which may be experienced in the several days before the onset of menstrual flow.” – Dictionary.com. 

A lot of people will blame their attitude on PMS. Yes, it does cause mood changes, but control your period and your emotions do not let it control you! Carry a Snicker bar with you or something to keep you happy. 

Hygiene

It is important to stay and feel fresh and clean while you are on your period. 

  • There are wet wipes that you can carry with you in case of you leak or if you want to clean your vaginal area after changing your pad or tampon. 
  • I always carry a body spray with me just so I can feel more fresh. I may feel like crap, but I smell like I just came off of an island. 
  • Change your pad every few hours. This honestly depends on your flow, but I would suggest having 3-4 for each day. I don’t use tampons but experts say the same for those as well. 
  • While showering and bathing, there is something that prevents blood flow. Take your choice of a sanitation product and a pair of underwear with you to the bathroom. Place the pad in the underwear before you get in the shower so you won’t leak blood everywhere. As soon as you dry off you can put the underwear on. 
  • There are sprays made by Summer’s Eve and Vagisil that also come in handy. Using them on your period is your choice. Again, not everyone is the same when it comes to periods. 

Hopefully everyone got a tip or two out of this post that they can use. Not every girl has a parent to teach them these things so share this information if you can. Girls, don’t be afraid! This is a natural process; you will get used to it and most importantly get through it!

Budgeting

Being good stewards over our money is a must. Not the best at this? Me either, which is why budgeting is soooooo helpful. Budgeting can help us reach our goals, not feel like we are throwing away our money, and prevent us from being stressed when it is time to pay bills.

Read the words from Jesus:

Luke 14:28-30  “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

See? There it is. Below is a sample of a simple budget sheet I made on Microsoft Word. It took less than 4 minutes! (To make a table go to the insert tab and press table).

Budget (Bi-Weekly)

     Paycheck ($) : 300

 

Item Amount
 Rent  $145
 Tithes  $30
 Food  $40
 Phone Bill  $25
Extra Spending Money  $60

How has budgeting helped you? Tried this sheet and it worked? Let us know in the comments! 🖤

Time Management

Ecclesiastes 11:4The Message (MSG)

When the clouds are full of water, it rains.

When the wind blows down a tree, it lies where it falls.

Don’t sit there watching the wind. Do your own work.

Don’t stare at the clouds. Get on with your life.

1 Corinthians 10:23-24The Message (MSG)

Looking at it one way, you could say, “Anything goes. Because of God’s immense generosity and grace, we don’t have to dissect and scrutinize every action to see if it will pass muster.” But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well.

With 24 special hours in the day, there is so much we can do. Sometimes I find myself with so much to do and not even accomplishing half of it 😩. That is where planning my day comes in. Many affordable planners do not have hour by hour breakdowns, so an easy way to save money and still be efficient is making a task sheet on your computer. Adding a pretty border help with the aesthetics.How does planning your day help you? Did this task sheet help you? Tell us about it in the comments!

Time                                Task(s)
7am
8am
9am
10am
11am
12pm
1pm
2pm
3pm
4pm
5pm
6pm
7pm
8pm
9pm
10pm
11pm
12am