Coping with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and Related Writing*
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a beast of its own. Starting about seven days before the end of my menstrual cycle, it is the disorder that puts a haze over everything. A fog. It is when I have to fight the hardest to stay present. When I have to be consistent with movement and self-care to keep myself grounded. When I’m most likely to stay in a fight-or-flight response or to dissociate — leaving myself.
I find that by regulating my nervous system, following a sensory diet and practicing mindfulness, I am able to stay connected to myself. And by staying connected, I’m noticing I can learn a lot during this time. A time that has historically been a very disturbing time. I just have to remain calm, grounded and receptive.
If you suffer before your menstrual cycle ends and/or if you've been diagnosed with PMDD, my heart goes out to you. I know how terrifying it can be. I wish you light in the darkness. And I hope you find ways to make your way out from the underworld.
*Borrowed images are credited in corresponding readings.