Like the title says, this topic only applies to ladies for obvious reasons. The reason that I’m talking about this subject is that I have never come across too many discussions about what a hurdle PMS can be in addiction recovery.
If you are like me you suffer from PMS, pre menstrual syndrome, each and every month. There are the annoying things like cramps and fatigue but then there are also the emotional upheavals that can come out of left field.
It’s these emotional side effects of PMS that I find so challenging to my recovery. I have these very low, lows that come on me and it takes a while for me to realize that it’s a symptom of PMS. Once that is realized I just ride it out.
Before that realization, I find myself going through a list in my head of things that I could do to make myself feel better. Being the recovering addict that I am, the top things on my list tend to be mind numbing things that aren’t an option for me anymore.
What I usually end up doing is something that I have relied upon heavily in my recovery… doing things around the house. I know it seems weird but to me making my home clean and comfortable really helps me feel better.
I’ve always found that manual labor really helps me to clear my head, feel good about myself, and release stress.
Also… express your feelings. Don’t keep them bottled up. We are only as sick as our secrets right?