Thursday, December 14, 2017
This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Would you believe that up until a few months ago, I went three years without having a period (thanks breastfeeding!) and y'all, it was glorious. Of course all good things must come to end and I'm not sure if it's because my body created a backlog or something but holy cow, my period has come back with vengeance. 

Take a breather.

There is something about getting my period that puts me in a total chaotic frame of mind. Something that was once no big deal is suddenly huge once my period week hits and can really put me off for the rest of the day. One thing I really like to do, especially in the first few days, is just relax. Believe me, it's tough, especially with little ones who have no idea what "relax" means. During their nap time, I'll put aside the laundry, deadlines and whatnot and pop on a face mask, read a magazine, paint my nails or surf the web. Taking that hour to myself instantly calms me and puts me in a better mood.

Eat the chocolate, fries or whatever craving your having.

Okay. Hi, I'm Noelle, your worst influence ever. I know that doctors will tell you not to indulge or to eat something healthy instead but I say go for it. It's only one week, right? Treat yourself to that chocolate or ice cream. I usually crave salty things during my period week so you can find me in the McDonald's drive thru about three days out of the week. I find that once I get the craving out of my system, I'm on my way to eating healthier and better (.....kind of).

Heat is your friend.

I'm not sure if it's the build up of three years of no periods but wow! I haven't had cramps this bad since I was in highschool. Pass the heating pad - or in my case, a lavender/rice-stuffed dog that you can microwave. I totally steal it from my kids! Studies show that heat can help relax the muscles of the uterus which in turn increases blood flow to soothe the pain.

Get relief with Pamprin.

Gone are the days where I would just suck it up and sleep it off. This chick will take the help wherever she can get it. Pamprin to the rescue! Pamprin has two types of relief: Max Formula (contains Acetaminophen, Aspirin and Caffeine to kick cramps, headache, backache and fatigue's butt) and Multi-Symptom which is Aspirin and Caffeine-free but still gets rid of cramps, headache, backache and fatigue and also takes care of irritability and bloating. You can find Pamprin at your local Walmart.

Take the 21 Day Positivity Challenge.

I'll be honest. I can be my toughest critic without my period messing with my head nonetheless when I have it. With my period, I'm constantly going second-guessing myself and can get pretty down. That's why I like the Pamprin's 21 Day Positivity Challenge. Did you know with consistency and effort, it only takes three weeks (21 days) to start a new habit? I had no idea! Pamprin created a fun seven-day challenge to be repeated three times (= 21 days!) for a better, positive view on life!

  • Day 1 - Start today with three positive self-affirmations. Attach the list to your mirror. Read them aloud every day. Add to the list every day.
  • Day 2 - Find positive company. Who are the stars in your social circle? Who builds you up? Stick with the stars and become one.
  • Day 3 - Make a list of things in which you are grateful for. An attitude of gratitude is a sure fire way to attract positive vibes.
  • Day 4 - Give yourself and others an "atta girl (or boy)". When you give encouraging words, you also receive them.
  • Day 5 - Seek, and you will find. We are responsible for choosing our perception. Look for the good, and you're 100% guaranteed to find it.
  • Day 6 - Find what brings you joy and order it up every single day. Unlike fleeting pleaasure, joy is consistent. We cultivate it internally.
  • Day 7 - Stop to smell the roses. Give one away. Be present minded enough to give and receive life's simple gifts.
  • Day 8 - Hit "replay" and make it a habit. Positive thinking begets positive action. Positive action (over and over) creates positively powerful results.
Positive vibes? Yes, please! I consider myself a pretty positive person for the most (I mean, I definitely have my down days!) but I really love trying out different ways to create and spread happiness through this challenge.

Join me in the Pamprin 21 Day Positivity Challenge by leaving a comment below letting me know - what makes you happy?