Every month, my body releases two types of fluid: water, which drains from the small holes in the inner corners of my eyes, and blood, which drains from the hole in the corner of my legs.
While the blood is well-known to be scheduled, the other translucent fluid is often underrated, even though it is also part of the plan.
Yes, I’m talking about the emotional upset in the form of tears that women experience every month as part of the PMS (premenstrual syndrome) symptoms. Changes in our hormone levels, especially when the levels of serotonin are low, can lead to feelings of tearfulness, sadness, irritability, sleep issues, and food cravings, all of which are common PMS symptoms.
Even though it is a real thing that happens to around 75% of women, pop culture still loves to use it to stereotype women as being unreasonable and having uncontrollable emotions triggered by raging hormones before or during menstruation.
However, ‘Those Bloody Tears’ are very real and as natural as life itself. The social portrayal of women crying in a negative way doesn’t seem fair. It is because those tears are part of women’s nature and actually indicate a normal healthy body.
I feel blessed that I am able to release my emotions.
I feel grateful that I can embrace my sensitivity and vulnerability.
I feel connected to the complex nature of my body.
I feel privileged to own this crying material as a part of me.
The power of tears cannot be underestimated and every cycle reminds me of the wonderful part of being a bloody healthy woman (period)
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