I’m here today to talk to you about periods.
Because a lot of the population have them, they’re completely normal and, to be honest, they should be talked about.
I hate periods.
I know they serve a purpose, I know why they exist and why I shouldn’t necessarily take them for granted, but god dammit I hate them.
I used to get really bad periods when I was younger. I’d be off school for a day or two at a time every month and it sucked. I eventually went on the pill which sorted them right out, and I don’t think I could be without the pill now. You know, until I eventually decide I might want to grow an actual human child. *Shudders at the thought*.
They make my face break out, they make my emotions go crazy, they give me cramps and they are just a general inconvenience. But that’s life, I guess.
Today I’m talking about periods. But, more specifically, how I deal with them.
How I deal with periods
1. Wallowing. I’m not ashamed to admit it. I wallow like the delicate little flower I become. Stroke my hair, feed me chocolate and tell me I’m pretty and we can be friends.
2. Binge watching TV and films that suit my mood. My moods are like a rollercoaster as soon as my period arrives, and it weirdly helps to max out whatever mood I’m in by watching something to fit the mood. Sad? Watch ‘About Time’ and sob your heart out. Happy? Watch Gilmore Girls and soak up the cosy Stars Hollow vibes.
3. Eating shit food and not giving a shit how bad they really are. I want pizza, I want a Chinese takeaway, I want greasy, cheesy toasties, I want enough chocolate to sink a ship. And I don’t care how bad they are because they are delicious.
4. Taking even more time for self care than usual. Long hot showers, face masks, hair oils, leisurely blow dries, soft socks, hot cups of tea, big glasses of wine. Basically, any self care I manage throughout the month is always amplified when I’m on my period. I just need some little extra TLC.
5. Pain killers and hot things. Whether the hot thing is a wheat bag, a hot water bottle or just a sticky heat pad, lord knows I need these things the most.
6. Making more of an effort than usual to compensate for feeling like a potato. I tend to actually look ~nicer~ when I’m on my period. I think it’s because I feel like I look so terrible, I make more effort to not look like a potato day-to-day.
7. Hibernating in comfy clothes. If all else fails, comfy PJs and not getting out of bed is always a winning combo.
Why am I suddenly talking about periods?
If you’re sat here thinking “Hey Rhianna. You don’t usually talk about periods. What’s going on?”
I’m here to tell you, dear reader, I’m not sure why I’ve never done a “hey, periods suck” style post. Because they do, in fact, suck.
I don’t want this post to come across like all women need pandering to when they’re on their periods, or that all women suddenly turn into little delicate flowers that need help with everything they do as soon as their period arrives. That’s obviously not the case.
I mean, it is for me. But that’s cool.
Anyway, I’m talking about periods today because Bodyform got in touch with me a few weeks ago. In case you haven’t seen, they released an ad (which you can watch here, and I would v much recommend watching because it is EXCELLENT).
In the ad, which is for sanitary products, it shows blood.
ACTUAL BLOOD. Not just blue gunk! BECAUSE SHOCK HORROR – WOMEN BLEED.
Honestly, it’s a revelation.
They asked if they could send me a movie night in kit to promote the new ad, and I was all “hell yeah you can” and here we are. Talking about periods. Because as much as they suck, they happen and we deal with them. And I think it’s so important to talk about them and to normalise them, because that’s what they are – normal.
So here’s me telling you to watch the ad, share the ad and talk about periods. Because they’re normal.
*Bodyform sent me a pack of cool things in exchange for this post, but all words, opinions and imagery is my own. The ad is really bloody great and you should definitely watch it. Please see my full disclaimer for more information.