Thursday, February 27, 2014

When Hormones Go Crazy

Once in every one month, my moods swing like crazy. One moment I am in highest of spirits and the next moment I hit the lowest. One moment I love everything and everyone around me and suddenly I hate them all. One moment I am super mad in public and sob in private like a hurt kid the next moment. I have food cravings on the upside and body cramps on the downside. In a nutshell, my hormones go bonkers.I am sure the ladies know where I am heading. Yes, it is that time of the month. PMS.

This crucial week, I am at my worst behaviour. My brain becomes a live time bomb ready to explode with the most irrational and rational of reasons. At such times, no amount calm and good counter behaviour soothes me. In fact any voice seems to provoke my anger further. Logic happily flies out of the window. I can be extremely happy, extremely angry or extremely sad, with lots of grumpy behaviour in between. Misgivings of people which I was okay with throughout the month, suddenly become super magnified. I become adamantly unforgiving. All the quotas of sadness and anger of the month come out in bouts in this one week. Rampant mood swings dictate my days. At times I become afraid of my own behaviour and its impact. The house members are on a constant vigil  and of course the husband is the worst victim. It makes me wonder if irritability is becoming my personality or is it really the hormones.

On doing some research, I found that about one-third to 85% of women suffer from PMS every month and go through what I go through. And I sighed with relief. I am not the only one. I am not becoming an angrier and unpleasant person. It's my mischievous hormones. Doctors call PMS mood swings 'labile mood' and it is the most common and troublesome PMS syndromes.

Several suggestions have been as to how to control the labile mood. Caffeine is to be avoided, vitamin D and E are to consumed, counting 1 to 10 during bouts of anger, regular physical exercises and so on.

Humour is made out of PMS (as you can see in the pictures). But it is no joke that women do become dangerous during PMS. I know men can never understand what we women go through. But they have to try and understand that the women in their lives are in anguish in such times. The best way is to let them be.

So ladies, PMS are difficult times. Take care of yourselves. In such times, feel as if God incorporated all the complexities of life and body in a woman. But isn't it also a good time. We can be mad and crazy, channel out all the anger and frustration and still get away with our abnormal behaviour. May be when our hormones crazy, we can still take it on our stride.

More information on managing PMS:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WWW Wednesday 6 (26th February 2014)

I have been out of the WWW scene for a long time now and I feel terrible. So here I am and I shall genuinely try from now on to make this a regular WWW habit. 

WWW Wednesday is a weekly reading event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. To play along, you just have to answer the following three (3) questions…
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?
My answers to the above questions are:

What are you currently reading? I am reading "The Sound of Paper" by Julia Cameron. My sister and I were scanning the bookshelves of a small bookstore and spotted this book on sale. The book is a  collection of short  essays on writing. My sister decided to gift me the same.

What did you recently finish reading? The last book I finished reading is 'Asura-Tale of the Vanquished' Anand Neelakantan. This book was long due on my TBR. Even though I had done an interview with the author and promoted and reviewed his second novel "Ajaya-Roll of the Dice (Book I)" on my other blog Natasha'z Words.

What do you think you'll read next? I have three books lined up, viz., A Thousand Splendid Suns, Look Again and Rhett Butler's People. But I have not decided which I shall pick.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Celebrating Love

I feel Valentine's Day is overrated. St. Valentine must not have imagined that his act of getting young couples married would make way to his death anniversary to be celebrated worldwide as the way of love.People argue that why a day, 14th of February, needs to be singled out in the year as the day of love when they can make their love of their lives feel loved every single day. This one day is being commercialized in every way possible. So I actually know that Valentine's Day is overrated. But still, I love to celebrate this 'festival of love'.

I am a sucker for romance. I spend days and months to plan or create gifts for my husband (previously my fiancee and boyfriend). So 14th Feb is another day I look forward to. Of course, I do special stuff for him on regular days too. Love does not need special days to be displayed, right! And that is what Az strongly believes in. So he can be romantic in his own way on the most mundane days too. But he knows how I love special things on occasions. And this year, he planned and executed a wonderful V-day. Roses, card, movie, dinner and rain (yeah it rained by the end of the day!!). He's usually bad in pulling off surprises, but this time he really nailed it.

But the real highlight of this V-day was the surprise love displayed by my siblings-in-law. After midnight, they gave me roses and a hand-made card-cum-letter stating why and how special I am to them (and that V-day is just an excuse of expressing their love). I got so emotional reading it. I would have cried a river if shedding tears were my thing. It was loveliest valentine gift I have ever received. Thank you so much guys for making the day extra special.
Sweetest Valentine gift
Valentine's day today is no longer a day only for romantic love. Over the years, it has turned into a day of love for all relationships. May be the following lines (which were in circulation this V-day) best summarizes the feeling:
"When a little girl puts her energy to give
her dad a kiss… That’s Love

When a wife makes tea for her
husband and takes a sip before him… That’s Love

When a mother gives her son the best
piece of cake… That’s Love

When your Friend holds your hand
tightly on a slippery road… That’s Love

When your brother/sister messages
you and ask if you reached home on time… That’s Love

Love isn’t just a guy holding a girl and going around the city…

Love is actually another name of “Care” "

So true. Loving is caring and caring is loving. So apart from celebrating V-day with the love of your life, we should also take it as an opportunity to express your love to the people in your life whom you care about. As far as romantic love is concerned, V-day is just another excuse for me to celebrate love.