ON THE RAG

DISCLAIMER: If period talk makes you uncomfortable then maybe don’t read this.


Sometimes PMS can make you feel like you’re an unstable, emotional wreck and you know what…you probably are.

But that’s okay.

If you’re not you when you’re hungry then you should be allowed to be a beast when you’re PMSing — you’re literally losing blood after all.

A classic NZ ad – bless ya Paul Henry.                                                    Snickers NZ – YouTube

Anyway I wrote a poem about PMS because I’m currently a beast.


 

The beast is unleashed

the same time every month

it brings a bloody college degree

on how to go great guns

 

Demanding tears and a tantrum

over dropping a tea-towel

from harmless to psychotic

in 5-4-3-2-1

 

It’s spending all my dollars

on mopping up the mess

too bad about craving mac and cheese

or a burger nonetheless

 

Don’t breathe if you can help it

it might just set me off

don’t talk to me, don’t look my way

I am a ticking clock

 

The beast don’t care for appearances

you must cry over spilt milk

if your mate thinks you are unstable

the beast has done its job

 

And when the week is over

the beast is put to rest

to mull and plan and draft and outline

next month’s events

 


If you ever feel like your period is making you way too emotional remember it’s the beast…not you.

Also, I genuinely held a breakdown after dropping a tea-towel on the ground once. Gotta love the beast.

E.x

 

 

 

 

 

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Campaign trail or The Hunger Games? Jacinda Ardern + why we need to stop being hypocrites

One could not be blamed for confusing the campaign trail with the Hunger Games. It’s nasty. Politicians are out to get each other. They want blood. Any sign of weakness and the opponent strikes. Paula Bennett wasn’t afraid to bite at Kelvin Davis when he faltered in The Spinoff debate this week.

But it seems the politicians are not the only ones in the fight.

Today marks the end of another eventful week on the campaign trail. PM Bill English and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern are neck and neck in the polls. Every day is vital. It means a new policy launch, venturing to a new town or city, meeting the locals and lots of media conferences.

In true politics fashion, the week ends with a bang.

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern addresses a crowd gathered outside parliament where 606 shoes lay, representing the 606 New Zealanders who took their own lives last year. The impact is heartbreaking.


 

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Jacinda, clearly emotional, choked up talking about her best friend’s brother who took his own life when she was 13.

And at a moment of “weakness” comes the attack.

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Facebook comments on NZ Herald story.

What I don’t understand is why so many people are quick to assume Jacinda is playing the “sympathy” card for votes? Are people not allowed to show emotion now without it being cause for an ulterior “motive”?

We need to stop this type of behaviour.

We have a part to play as well, in reducing the stigma around mental health and suicide. If we turn around and attack someone – even a politician – for showing emotion, what good is that doing?

Whether you’re planning to vote National or Labour or for any of the minor parties, bashing the party or person your values don’t align with is not the answer. The same goes for everyone else.

While politics may look like The Hunger Games, it doesn’t mean we have to get involved in the nastiness.

Be kind to each other – the world’s a hard enough place.

E. x

 

DO YOU KNOW WHAT MAKES ME SAD?

Okay, lots of things make me sad.

Like when I see a precious wee pup in a window and I walk past it but it has already seen me and it’s now staring back with those god damn beautiful eyes and I want to take it home and love it but I can’t and it crushes my soul and I have to continue on with my life, with the knowledge that I may never see that wee pup again.

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Yeah. That’s not what this post is about – but still… it makes me sad.

I was recently sitting in on a conversation with some middle-aged women. After the usual “how’s the family going?” and “how’s work?” topics were out of the way, the conversation turned to the heartache of getting old and how wrinkles meant they were “not as attractive” as they once were, and you know what, IT KIND OF BROKE MY HEART.

It sucks that as a society, and particularly for women, we are conditioned to associate getting old with ‘unattractiveness’ and we gauge so much of our self worth on how we look. So much so, that companies make millions of dollars off of our insecurities.

~I JUST WANT EVERYONE TO SEE HOW AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL THEY ARE~

I hate hearing people put themselves down. Not because I don’t like vulnerability. I do. I love it when people open up to me about personal things – it’s a privilege. I have mad respect for it.

But we are the best at putting ourselves down.

Ask yourself this:

Would I tell my daughter, son, my sister or brother, my friend or colleague the same thing I tell myself?

You might not do it all that often. You may only put yourself down every once in a while, but then that becomes once a month and then once a week and before you know it, it’s a habit.

It’s easy to get lost inside your mind. When you’re depressed especially, everything is distorted (I’ve been there) and you feel like you don’t deserve to be kind to yourself BUT TRUST ME, YOU DO.

YOU, MY FRIEND, ARE A TREASURE AND YOU DESERVE TO LOVE YOURSELF (AND ALL YOUR WRINKLES). Plus, the beauty industry will hate you for it and what’s not to love about that?

E. x

 

Why it’s important to celebrate YOU

Trying to fathom what goes on inside the mind of Donald Trump is an exhausting and mind-boggling task. One that I would rather not find myself in but fall victim to every time he sends out a tweet.

In a dangerous and sickening blow to the LGBT community, last week Trump tweeted that he would not accept or allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces in any capacity despite previously expressing his support for the LGBT community.

For a man in his power to be sending out such a statement to millions of people only helps to enforce overt or underlying bigotry; a scary thought for those currently questioning their gender identity.

As it happens, the following week I was asked to write down what I’m grateful for, a sentiment created to celebrate “who we are” at my university.

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(Don’t worry, Donald Trump being president was not it).

Three years ago I was scared to come out as gay. I never imagined I’d be brave enough to.

Yesterday I was asked what I’m grateful for.

I wrote, I’m grateful for being gay.

While I do not live in the U.S and don’t know what it is like to question my gender identity, I do know that we all deserve to be unashamedly ourselves.

While Donald Trump may be in a position of power, he doesn’t have the right to make you feel ashamed of who you are.

Celebrate you, because there’s no one else quite like ya. Plus, it will annoy Donald Trump and who doesn’t want to do that?

-E. x

HOW TO CURE AGITATION: FOR DUMMIES

People do weird stuff. Period.

I myself am not immune. I entered a pizza eating competition and chundered in-front of hundreds of people after 1.5 slices, that’s weird.

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I’m the loser with the “1′ above their head.

But it’s when that weird stuff people do becomes annoying and you feel your blood starting to curdle and the vain in your forehead begins protruding, and oh my god you know you need to get control of yourself because god forbid you lose the plot over your co-worker sniffing.

From one dummy to another, I have created a step by step plan on how to get that agitation under control.

Step 1: Roll your eyes.
This really helps relieve tension. The longer the eye roll, the more relieved you will feel.

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Step 2: Punch something.
Key word here: something. Not someone. If you want to keep friends and avoid jail, try not to punch another human. Also make sure that the something you punch isn’t going to agitate you even more. I.e don’t punch a wall. Go for something soft, like a pillow. It’ll make you feel stupid but you’ll end up laughing, and agitation will be a forgotten emotion.

Step 3: Curse under your breath.
I don’t think I need to spell out how to do this appropriately. If you need step by step instructions, maybe avoid this altogether.

Step 4: Leave.
If you’re at work, leave. Get in your car and drive away. You don’t need negativity in your life. However, if you do want to keep your job, maybe leave the immediate environment for a few minutes and grab yourself some coffee. You obviously need it.

Step 5: Breathe.
Insightful right? While this step may cause more agitation in the interim, in that the instructions appear obvious, focus on your imaginary trip to Hawaii and then you’ll be as relaxed as a seal on the beach.

Step 6: Dance.
Who cares if the timing isn’t appropriate, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. Better to look like an idiot for good reason than an idiot because you’re agitated over someone sniffing their nose too loudly. 100% recommend having a jiggle to you can’t stop the beat by Hairspray or I just can’t wait to be King by the Lion King.

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Step 7: Create scenarios in your head.
Instead of showing people the real, psycho you, replay potential scenarios in your head of you confronting whatever is annoying you and come to an internal resolution. For example, your wifi has been cut off and you’re aggravated that you couldn’t post that really cute selfie that took you 45 minutes, 5 different locations and 102 shots to get. Imagine all your friends coming up to you in person and saying “like”, that’ll make you feel weird and put things in perspective.

Step 8: Don’t listen to anything I have just said.
I don’t know anything. I’m just a random on the internet who thinks they’re qualified to make a list and tell people what they should do.

E. x