This week, I’m taking a bit of a break from talking about Pinterest because I think it’s important for me to be real and authentic in how I show up and this is what’s on my heart this week.
Pressure, but not just any pressure. I’m talking about the pressure to be perfect.
Oh man, I haven’t felt this kind of pressure in such a long time that I kinda forgot what it felt like.
All through school, high school and university, I put this immense pressure on myself to do all the things perfectly.
Perfect papers, perfect projects, perfect grades.
Did I always do things perfectly? Not a chance! Which would begin a cycle of self loathing and negative self talk.
Have you ever found yourself in that cycle or putting those expectations on yourself?
To be completely honest, I have no idea where it stems from for me. That’s a stone I haven’t found yet but this pressure has recently come to the surface with a series of big events happening in my life right now.
It’s not like, I had parents pressuring me with being perfect… they weren’t. I was always told while I was growing up that as long as I did my best, that was all I could do.
I suppose somewhere along the line, my definition of “my best” got a little mixed up.
I have described it to my husband as “feeling like I’m in a pressure cooker.”
This is something that I’m still navigating so I don’t have any sage advice to help you through it. I’m just here to say that if you feel this way… I’m right there with you. I feel it too.
I do know that overcoming this will mean I have to find the root of it and retrain my brain to not put as much pressure on myself to be perfect… which logically, in my head, I know is an unrealistic expectation to have on myself.
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Today I’m talking about being happily balanced in the sense of those lovely lady hormones… you know, the ones that have the ability to take you on a wild ride EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH.?!?
Yeah. Do you know about those?
Hear me out for a second… as women, our bodies naturally produce a certain amount of a given hormone depending on the phase of the cycle we are in. All hormones have a job and they ALL aren’t needed all of the time BUT thankfully your body has you covered… or it should…
I think I’ve said this before, but let me repeat myself for a second. For a long time, I didn’t understand how my body was supposed to function. I knew that I had hormones but I didn’t know their jobs. I knew I needed estrogen and progesterone but I didn’t understand their importance.
Here’s my understanding of it all and I’m not doctor so this is from the perspective of an elementary school teacher who isn’t science minded at all… estrogen is the hormone that keeps us sane and rational beings. Progesterone also has some effect on mood but it’s necessary to establish pregnancy and to regulate Aunt Flow’s visits. We also have a small amount of testosterone and I believe this is to keep us grounded but I’m not sure.
Well, when these hormones aren’t doing their jobs and your body is a tad bit wonky, your cycle isn’t going through the processes that it needs to to establish regular visits from Aunt Flow or establish pregnancy. Your visit from Aunt Flow is likely less than regular and probably one of misery… I used to refer to that week as dooms week because I dreaded it… I knew that I’d ended up curled up in a ball from the cramps.
Aunt Flow’s visit isn’t supposed to be painful!! If it is, that’s your body telling you something isn’t right!
For much of my life, I have had issues with my cycle. During my teen years, I would have short, heavy and very miserable visits from Aunt Flow and it would happen about every 10 days.. something was WAY not right. So my doctor at the time put me on “THE PILL”. Come to find out years later that my progesterone levels weren’t right.
So… I found a way to NATURALLY support my body and my lady cycle. Just the simple act of doing that ABSOLUTELY CHANGED MY LIFE!! I don’t dread AF’s visit anymore... I mean, it’s not my favourite but it’s not painful anymore and I can know when to expect her to show up… which I count a success!
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