Speaking of pms and all…
I just received the most lovely package ever from a new shop called The Period Store. It was founded by my friend and hair stylist, Rubi Jones, along with two others. Their online shop is a place where women can buy their favorite feminine products, discover new ones from around the world (I didn’t even know some of these existed! Sea sponges anyone?), and have an honest discussion with other women about being a woman. Basically, they want to make the idea of getting your period a little more fun (and convenient).
Their website is so fun to browse through. Each package comes with chocolate, meds, tea, and an original piece of artwork that inspires and celebrates womanhood. (And, do you see that chocolate bar? It turns out that “Chocolate Editions” is one of my all-time favorite chocolate shops!) I was also happy to see that they’re carrying a variety of organic, eco-friendly tampons.
And, I have to tell you, I was a little surprised at my reaction when I received this package. I don’t know – it just felt kind of fun and special to have that little part of womanhood recognized. And reading through their website and watching the videos from other women just made me feel – well – connected to every woman out there who has a period each month. (I think the website, their blog and packages would be an especially great thing for a girl who is new at getting periods and learning about it all.)
I also know that the end and the beginning of a cycle can be so difficult if you’re hoping to get pregnant – or if your body doesn’t feel good – or if you’re recovering from any relationship damage done by a bad mood. But I have found that caring for yourself in the ways that your physical body needs throughout the month (nutrition, exercise, mindfulness) can improve the situation a LOT. Have you found any ways to improve that time of the month for you? I think we as women should be talking about this more often – it could be so helpful to exchange ideas!
P.S. This is one of my favorite books about women’s health: “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.” I’ve had this big book for as long as I can remember and refer to it often. It’s an amazing resource and a must-have for any woman!
(Artwork by Ashley Seil Smith, for The Period Store)