Fake it ’til you feel it
It’s no surprise to anyone who’s a mother that motherhood changes you. It changes you in ways you predicted (e.g. boobs – gone, bellybutton – ‘frowning’) but it also changes you in ways you never thought about (e.g. not being able to watch the news, not being able to listen to music when home alone because all you want to listen to is SILENCE).
In my case I’ve also noticed that ever since my last baby was born, I’ve actually for the first time started to have PMS :|. The fact that for 33 years I never really felt like I ever had PMS is I guess good for me, but to get it NOW is sort of not very hilarious.
I’m used to the fact that I get hormonal pimples (I’ve tried everything and I’m convinced that the only cure is menopause) but I’m not used to the fact that for at least a week every month I feel fat and totally, totally stupidly grumpy. It’s like the ‘optimist’ switch in my brain has been flicked off and every time I see someone leave their METRO newspaper on the tube (instead of taking it with them and recycling) my brain silently mutters “dickhead!”… every time I see someone giving their child a bottle of Coke, my brain goes “dickhead!”. Throwing rubbish on the ground: dickhead! SPITTING on the sidewalk: dickhead! Having horribly overtweezed eyebrows: dickhead! Talking loudly on the phone while on the bus: dickhead!
It’s like some sort of silent tourettes – every little thing annoys me and there are lots of rude words being thrown about in my head!
Ughhh… I don’t like being that person.
The upside to this is that I know every month that this too shall pass. Mind over matter is my motto, after all. Or rather “fake it til you feel it” during these weeks – I just have to go through the motions of actually not saying anything rude out loud, of still exercising and still trying to eat well so that when the madness of PMS passes I haven’t offended everyone around me AND gained 5kg (I would otherwise – my body LOVES to store weight, I have no idea what kind of a famine its always trying to prepare for! :|)
Anyway, that’s my moan for the day :) I’m sooooo looking forward to next week when my hormones should have stabilised a bit again and the optimist in my brain is back.
And by the way – has anyone figured out how to combat PMS with nutrition/herbal supplements?