My husband is going to laugh when he sees this post. And that reminds me: Gentlemen, please leave the room.
Okay ladies, now that we are alone we might as well go ahead and admit it. Feminine moods and emotions are a delicate balance of chemicals. A delicate balance that is not always so … balanced, am I right?
Between pregnancy, childbirth, nursing, menstruation, and menopause, it seems there is always some way that we women are being held hostage by hormones. It’s nice to aspire to lofty spiritual goals, but my own day in and day out experiences make me painfully aware that I am a physical creature too.
But that’s no excuse for behaving badly. We should never let our hormones control us so completely that we victimize our families with wild mood swings, severe depression, or terrifying anxiety. Some women need medical intervention in order to manage PMS or PPD, and we should support them in getting the help they need.
But then there are the rest of us. We might not need medication, but we do sometimes need a good cry. Or temper tantrum. Or giant bar of chocolate. Or girlfriend to call us up and make us laugh about the fact that we just threatened to sell the 2 year old to the UPS man if he made a half decent offer. Not that I did that.
Personally, I find that being honest about my lack of control in hormonal situations is very helpful. If I can say to my husband (or even just to myself) “This doesn’t make any sense, but I need to cry right now” or “This doesn’t make any sense, but I am getting angry and I need to leave the room right now” I have won the battle already. I might still feel the crazies, but they won’t control me. I can see past them, to my saner self. And I know I will be back there soon.
How do you deal? How do you handle your hormones?