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:
So many of us have grown ashamed and embarrassed about our vaginas, which may cause us to fear it and maybe even hate it. But it is so important to love your vagina each and every day. Self-care is about more than taking a bath and doing face masks, it’s about truly loving and appreciating every single part of you—including your vagina.
Here are things that you can do to make sure that your vagina is happy, healthy, and loved:
Don’t Skip That Gynecologist Appointment
I know that going to the gynecologist isn’t always the most pleasant experience and for individuals with trauma related to sexual violence, it is a dreaded and sometime horrifying experience.
The first thing you should do in regards to your gynecologist is find one that you’re comfortable with and that you trust. If you’re uncomfortable with anything that they’re doing, tell them. If you’ve experienced sexual violence in the past, tell them.
Also, make sure that you schedule and go to your gynecologist every year for a check up. Although you only need to get a Pap test every 1-3 years (depending on your health), you should still go every year to talk about your overall health.
Wear Cotton or Nothing At All
Cotton is the best fabric to wear when it comes to underwear for a variety of reasons. It’s soft on your skin, it absorbs perspiration, and it’s breathable, which can help stop the growth of bacteria. This breathability can help with preventing Urinary Tract Infections from occurring.
We all know the feeling, a great trip coming up! We have been anticipating it for some time…be it a business trip with a huge client or a much needed vacation. You have your outfits packed, all of your essentials – creams, pastes, gels, liners, mascara, the whole bit. You are ready to take on the world and you are so anxious to get it going.
But then…it happens! Your period comes. Out of all the toiletries and perfumes and extra hair ties you packed, there is only ONE pantyliner in the bottom of your favorite travel bag. What do you do? Most of the time, when I travel and stop in the airport shops – feminine hygiene items are neither here nor there. Even the bathrooms are a space of despair. What do you do? You resort to asking someone, oh so politely, in the bathroom while standing at the sink. Ahhhhhh!