"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." ~Lin Yutang

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

emotionally sensitive = me, lately

when charting cycles, it's "fun" to find out things like how our hormones affect our behavior.  because of course they do, because that's what they do.  but it's even more fun to find a correlation of the behaviors and the time of the cycle to study to find out which hormones are high and which are low and maybe something you could eat or do (exercise, get sun, journal, etc.) in which to help relieve some of the distress that is caused by the behaviors and/or unbalanced hormones.
our bodies hormones are changing daily, so "unbalanced hormones" is kinda a dumb phrase... but it gets across my point. 
sometimes we find that eating sugar helps the way we feel.  but that's an unhealthy answer.  there are HEALTHY answers to build our emotions in a positive direction.  let me list a few.  first are the obvious ones:
  1. praise the Lord
  2. exercise
  3. eat healthy
  4. adrenaline-induced activities
  5. getting outdoors
  6. journal/blogging
  7. praying
  8. reading
  9. talking
  10. singing/dancing
and then some other ideas, that maybe you wouldn't think of, right off:
  1. cleaning
  2. laundry
  3. hard labor
  4. gardening
  5. drinking water
  6. taking a freezing cold shower
  7. listen to music
  8. accomplish a goal or finish a project
  9. make love to your spouse
  10. giving (of your time or money)
  11. taking a nice hot bath or shower
  12. showing gratitude
  13. look at pictures of loved ones (this sure helped me yesterday!)
  14. primp yourself (massage, manicure, pedicure, hair done, face done, etc.)
  15. find your passion and pursue it!
i would like to encourage you to learn about your fertility.  i can't repeat myself enough on this.  really.  if you're a man... learn about your woman's fertility.  next, i really really really encourage you to chart.  chart anything and everything.  you'd be amazed at what you'd learn!  and then, lastly, i really encourage you to find the healthy way that works for you to boost your attitude and pursue positive emotions. 

Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 


Liz said...

wow, did you post this just for me??? I've been thinking about reading that book. I've wondered about the corelation between hormones and moods for a long time. I think we've even talked about it before. I keep thinking I need to call ya!

Lisa said...

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Trenicker said...

#16. cuddle with the kiddos!
i KNOW you love to cuddle with those kiddos!

MamaT said...

well, howdy duty lisa! thank you. what a sweet gesture... most versitile = a real life mama!
i'll check out your blog too.

Shanna B said...

LOVE THIS POST! :) Still need to get that book, badly... but I like all this stuff. I liked how you listed "and then some other ideas, that maybe you wouldn't think of, right off: make love to your spouse" I think that would be #1 on their obvious list... haha... women and men are so different! I've been reading the book "The Creative Counterpart" and it's really good as well, and has all kinds of ways to use your emotions positively. You should check that book out too! :D

Anonymous said...

Good message.