Hormones? PMT? Annoyed with them all…
Do you ever wake up in the morning generally pissed off with your other half, the kids, the world!… A bit dramatic huh? But that is how I feel some days.
On those one days, if hubby or the kids ask you politely for something or just say good morning… out comes a “WHAT!” with a complete eruption of emotions in the one word. You shout at hubby for just breathing and the kids for being their usually noisy, chaotic and vibrant selves. Everyone’s energy levels are up and yours seem way down in the dumps. For some reason, you wake up that day annoyed with life in general. Can anyone relate? You can barely talk to anyone, because you know that if you do, you would be a full on crazy woman, releasing all the frustration on to that poor soul. Is this PMT? Your hormones attacking your mind? Although hubby is smart enough to never say that to me, because of course this isn’t my hormones, this is real, this is really how I am feeling on this day…because it is everyone else’s fault and it’s never me, and definately not my hormones – Right?!?
So on mornings like this when my crazy hormonal self is in the driving seat and rational thinking is out of the window. What do I do?
1. Little to no talking, by trying to choose my words carefully and not really saying much to anyone. I try (I say try loosely) to say “Morning” as politely as possible (No “good morning” on those days for me) and then I just get on with the routine for that morning.
2. Vitamins – I manage my moodiness with vitamins, the ones I am currently taking daily are: B complex and Oil of evening primrose (both were recommended to me, by my GP – to help with the PMT)
3. Exercise – If I have time I will try to do a bit of exercise just to see if I can get out of my head and cheer up my mood a bit more, which does work.
4. Reducing sugar – I stopped adding sugar to my teas and coffees about 2 months ago. At first it was very difficult, all I did was crave sugar, sweets, chocolates etc. But now 2 months later I’m glad I did it. My energy levels are more stable throughout the day and I’m much less moody as I am less tired in the evenings.
5. Stay out of everyone’s way (or more likely they stay out of mine, I can’t really tell). If it is a morning that I have to go to work, I count my lucky stars, because at least I’ll be out of the house shortly and on a packed train where I can sit (I get on at the first stop) and listen to my music or a podcast in peace for nearly an hour and usually arrive at the office in a much better mood. If it is a weekend, then it is a slightly different story and I just try to keep myself busy with house work, cleaning/organising – generally avoiding too much conversation with anyone until I’m feeling better.
Fortunately for the family my moody mornings do not last for too long, especially after I get myself moving and focused on a task. However they can come around often enough (a few times a month). Although since I have stopped the added sugar and take my vitamins daily, my good moods seem to be more on a even keel. When I do wake up on the warpath – hubby (kids less so) is sensitive enough to just say yes to my demands and avoid me for most of the morning until I seem to have my emotions under better control, or generally have a smile back on my face.
I’m sure this sounds like most family households. How do you deal with these moments of utter emotional disaster (usually completely irrational) that is going on inside of you, whilst trying to manage family, a home and work?