My experience with… Delayed periods

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I’m one of those women who is fortunate enough to have always had a very regular menstrual cycle. It’s so regular that even being one or two days late feels very uncomfortable.

What do you do to jump start your period?

Warning: Don’t try these methods if you may be pregnant and don’t want to cause a miscarriage. These are also natural ways to miscarry.

The first thing I try is parsley tea. Dried leaves from the herb isle at the supermarket seem to be more effective than fresh parsley. But sometimes I pick fresh parsley from my garden too.

Brew the parsley leaves in boiling water, leaving to steep for about 10 – 20 minutes then drink it. You don’t need to drink the leaves too, I’m just unusual and like the taste! Drink up to 4 cups a day, no more than that.

Parsley is a natural way to increase your vitamin C levels, which is what will begin the period.

You can also take vitamin C at the recommended daily dose. Don’t try to take more than 3000 mg per day as this can cause liver damage.

Ginger tea can be brewed if you don’t like parsley tea. Fresh ginger may be best but I only have dried ginger at the moment so I’m currently trying that.

Ginger essential oil rubbed on the abdomen may also help. Other essential oils to try are clary sage, sweet fennel, peppermint and many others.

I also tried a warm bath with these oils. It was quite relaxing. Reducing stress can help as stress is often the cause of a delayed period.

Breathing techniques to reduce stress have helped me in the past.

If you have any other suggestions for how to naturally begin the menstruation cycle, feel free to leave a comment.

Why I’m anxious about catching the train alone at night

So many times I’ve avoided events in the city after dark because I’m worried about how I’ll get home safely.

The following is just one example.

I encountered the absolute scummiest people on the train just now.

They were loud, obnoxious and played their music loudly for most of the train ride.

I ignored them for the entire trip then when I get up to leave one follows me to the door of the train and says (in the creepiest voice imaginable) “You’re pretty.”
*I shudder internally* “Thank you.”
“Can I have your number?”
*I throw up in my mouth* “Not this time, sorry”
“Do you have a boyfriend?”
“Yes, I do.” *I lie*
“Does he treat you right?”
“Yep, so far, do good” *I lie again*
“You’re pretty”
*omg train doors, open already*
“Thank you again, you’re too kind”
*RUN AWAY RUN AWAY*
*The doors finally open, I’m free, walks quickly off the train and out of sight*

Writing writing writing

I’m currently procrastinating so hard. The thing I’m avoiding? My thesis.

Look at the title of this post. Have you ever looked at a word for so long that it loses all meaning? That is just looks like a string of letters? That’s how I feel about my entire thesis right now.

It’s all just letters in a row.

Falling from the pages.

My experience with… Meditation

We often hear the word “mindfulness” but how many of us have actually understood the meaning?

The journey

I have begun on a personal quest or journey to discover what mindfulness means. Or at least what it could mean for me.

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From the beginning:

I downloaded a few different guided meditation apps such as Calm, Stop, Breathe & Think, Insight Timer.

I found some more useful than others.

So far:

I learned it’s okay if sometimes I struggle to meditate.

If I start the morning with a quick guided meditation I have more patience for the rest of the day.

More patience means the little things don’t bother me as much.

Settling myself before falling asleep leads to less insomnia.

Doing a little meditation per day helps immensely overall.

My “ah-ha!” moment:

I finally started to understand my mindfulness journey when it was described as daily brain training. I love my brain training apps for maths, English and languages so I added the meditation apps to my list of brain training I do daily.

Things I’m beginning to learn:

Being mindful = being in the present moment.

If my thoughts of the future are making me feel anxious (eg. Before work) then I can help myself be calm and focused.

If my thoughts of the past are also increasing anxiety and sadness, then mindfulness is useful to bring me back to the present.

I’m hoping that meditation will also help reduce outbursts of frustration and help me think before I speak or act.

I learned there’s a type of meditation for increasing self esteem and loving oneself. This is a huge challenge for me but I’m hoping to give it a go soon.

Tips:

  • Just a minute or two per day can help
  • Stick with it! You can make it a habit to meditate daily
  • You can notice thoughts and feelings but don’t let them get to you
  • It’s okay if you don’t feel like your mind is settled enough during a meditation
  • Use a guided meditation app if you are a beginner

I definitely recommend meditation.

Give it a go. You’ve nothing to lose!

A fresh sheet of paper

Hello

Welcome to my first post!

I feel like I’m staring at a clean, crisp new white sheet, which is exciting and daunting at the same time. I am ready to take the plunge and begin this blog!

You can do anything

Firstly, I believe that we are capable of achieving anything that we believe we can, all we have to do is strive for it. Having unbreakable will, spirit, or “inner fire” can push you further than you might realise.

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We’re in this together

Secondly, I think that help and advice from others can assist, nudge and give encouragement in the right direction.

In this blog we hope to inspire and encourage with our knowledge, life experiences and handy hints.

Enjoy!

We sincerely hope you enjoy reading because we certainly enjoy your company.