With the new year came millions of social media posts with people talking all about how they were going to do this and that in the new year. That is all fine and dandy. Having goals is a beautiful thing, but I want to take today to make realistic goals for you to implement throughout the year. All of these goals are about self-love and shifting toxic mindsets that may be bringing you down.
There has been a lot of hope out there for 2019 and I want to make sure that you’re applying that hope to yourself and your mental health as well—because you’re worth it.
Here are some things that you should think about and remind yourself of as often as possible in the new year:
How often have you heard (or said) “they grow up so fast”? It’s true. Kids do grow up quickly and, in terms of the onset of menstruation, it’s speeding up.
According to Sandra Steingraber, the average menstruation onset age has been steadily lessening over the last number of decades. 90 years ago, the average age was 14; 50 years ago the average was 13-1/2 years old; these days it’s 12-1/2 years old. And it is not unheard of for girls as young as 8 or 9 to get their period. She claims that, furthermore, half of the girls in the United States now show signs of breast budding before their tenth birthday.
The exact reasons for this have not been established. It is held by some “experts” that lowered rates of disease and better nutrition are factors. But others claim that endocrine-disruptive chemicals in food, drinking water and even the air along with hormonally active agents found in a vast array of consumer items such as hair tonics, pesticides, packaging materials and building products are affecting hormonal balance. Still, others link it to obesity.
With the year coming to an end, it is a time when everyone reflects on what they have accomplished, what they are working on and what to plan for. Don’t let another year or day go by without making yourself and your health a priority.
With the daily grind always on GO; it is easy to let taking care of yourself fall by the wayside. From stopping at a fast food restaurant for a quick bite, skipping a workout or picking up an item at the store that you would not normally use because you don’t have time to hit your favorite health store.
Take time to slow down and remember that planning and time management go hand in hand. If you can give yourself a few moments to plan your morning, week or even an evening shopping trip it will save you the trouble of backtracking and thinking of how you could have done it better!
While the holidays are known for being a time of joy and cheer, oftentimes we can also feel a strong sense of sadness and loneliness. We can feel it because we miss family members, we can feel it because of the trauma dealing with family causes, or even just because there’s not as much sunlight during the day.
Whatever the reason, seasonal and holiday sadness is a very real thing and shouldn’t be pushed aside. It can be even more hostile towards individuals who already have a mental illness such as depression.
Although it may not be possible to avoid entirely, here are some ways that can help you survive seasonal sadness this holiday season:
Ever since I’ve started writing about menstruation, I’ve had a surprising amount of men reach out to me with questions and thoughts they have about periods and menstruation. I think it’s so important to open up this discussion to all genders, because everyone should be educated on menstruation, not just people who experience it.
This discussion is vital in order to erase misconceptions about menstruation and could help further education throughout the world. This mentality could erase negative mentalities and improve the health for women throughout the world.
I reached out to men throughout the world to see what they think about menstruation, addressed some misconceptions that they hold, and answered questions that were asked.
Did you know that globally - pads are the most common form of feminine hygiene protection? In some countries, pads are the only form of hygiene products used and many women opt for even more natural options such as reusable cloths or undergarments.
In an effort to not only be more health conscious but eco-friendly- many companies are creating products that are biodegradable, compostable, all natural and made with organic cotton. We applaud all of these innovators (and give ourselves a pat on the back too) as there has not been any true innovation in decades!
A timeline of feminine hygiene products shows that many of the antiquated stances still held true but there are so many boundaries being broken and left behind, which is great!
Here are some eye-opening and interesting facts about menstruation around the world:
If you’re like me, you love a good night’s sleep. It’s refreshing and rejuvenating. But, for many women, it’s often elusive.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, “More than half of American women (60%) say they only get a good night’s sleep a few nights per week or less and 67% say they frequently experience a sleep problem.”
Sleep deprivation is not just a matter of feeling tired. Sleeplessness can affect your ability to think clearly, it can make you irritable (as if bloating and cramps weren’t enough to make you cranky), and it can affect your health too. Sufferers of chronic sleep deprivation risk high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
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Chances are high that you, or someone you know, is a victim of violence against women. As women, violence has become a part of our lives—whether that’s living in the fear or it, currently experiencing it, or living with the trauma of it.
Due to its frequency, violence against women has become normalized. But violence is not normal. Violence is a crime and it’s about time that it is treated as such.
Violence against women is an endemic in our world today. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 1 in 4 women in the United States have experienced violence from a partner, 2 out of 3 children are exposed to violence, and 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted in college.
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Whenever I book a vacation, I spend the days leading up to the trip as an anxious mess. I’m not anxious about losing my luggage, or getting lost, or missing my flight. No. I’m anxious about getting my period.
Every girl probably has a story about a time when they went on a vacation and their period nearly ruined it. Whether it’s because of debilitating cramps, PMS, or just being uncomfortable, your period can change your vacation.
But as I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that it doesn’t have to ruin it! Here are some tricks I’ve learned along the way that have helped ease my anxiety of menstruating on vacation and have helped make me not worry (as much) about it:
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Imagine having to pay for something that was natural and completely out of your control.
We’re doing it.
Over the past few years, news and social media campaigns have brought light to the issue of the “tampon tax”, also known as the “pink tax” in America as well as the rest of the world. Perhaps like you, I had no idea that this tax even existed until a few years ago. And I was just as taken aback as many people–and remain confused even today.
People are outraged and are demanding change because of this tampon tax, but do we fully understand what the tampon tax is?
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Do you suffer from the typical menstrual symptoms? The bloating, the mood swings, the muscle aches, the fatigue, the cramps (and sometimes severe menstrual cramps)? Are you convinced that whoever wrote the song “I Enjoy Being a Girl” must have been a man?
You’re not alone.
But there are some natural, non-pharmaceutical things you can do to ease the symptoms and one of these is diet. Of course, everyone is different, but there are foods that are generally regarded as being helpful in reducing menstrual symptoms and some foods that can make your symptoms worse.
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Do you know why Nannocare was started? It was to help women globally have access to a holistic and all natural solution to discomfort that occurs monthly. We want each and every one of you to know that we share in your quest for something better- and we are working every day to bring it to you directly!
Not only do we take health seriously; we also know everything is about balance. Periods are no fun, but they are necessary and a part of our lives so with that said- we want to make sure you can make the most of every day, period. Menstrual health is a thing, and it is at the forefront of the industry now more than ever.
Nannocare also wants to make period talk the norm! Every young adolescent gets “the talk” but periods are often left out. It is important for both boys and girls to be comfortable with the change in their bodies and not feel awkward about what is happening. Moms, Dads, Sisters, Uncles, Aunts, Grandparents – we want you to know it is ok to tell young girls about how their bodies will change and how menstruation will affect them. We also want you to be knowledgeable about the products out there that are good for them.
Here are some helpful tips for the new and even experienced who want to delve deeper into menstrual health:
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