Monday, 28 July 2008

Get fit week... Day Four... Monday

On day Four:

Well today it is back to work for me. Today unfortunately is not a great day as I have major cramps, that are so painful I want to pass out and feel really sick. Now like I say my pmt is becoming much worse but so is the after effects, so I am keen to find out why?

I don't think I am the only person who suffers with this and all I can think is that my stress levels are high to put it politely 'that time of the month' seems to be happening 1-2 weeks later than it should which is obviously worrying.

So today I suffered in silence at my desk trying to make it through the day! All hunched over!

This is how my day went despite this!

6.30 am - half hour of yoga

7.30am - Breakfast

A bowl of Shreaded Wheat with skimmed milk and honey

8.30am - 15 minute power walk into work

9.30am - Glass of water

11.00am - Green Tea

12.45pm - Snack

Half a rice cake

1.30pm - 20 minute walk

2.30pm - Dinner An apple and carrot with a green tea

5.00pm - 15 minute walk

6.30pm - Dinner Baxters Autumn vegetable soup with a salad wrap

7.30pm - half hour of yoga

8.00pm - Green tea

8.30pm - Dessert Raspberries with a spoonful of low fat yogurt

9.30pm - Green tea

I have looked in to the reasons for bad "ladies times" it is called Dysmenorrhea! It is described as a dull, aching cramp... in the tummy and lower back... its the worst kind of pain as it distant yet there.

You can cure it with drugs such as ibuprofen but I hate taking pain killers! A hot water bottle can also help and I do love cuddling up to my bottle as people who know me will know! (any excuse)

Cramps are caused by hormones called prostaglandins, which cause the painful cramping they can affect the other organs causing:
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea (nice)
  • Cramps
They usually effect you on the first or second day. Lets hope for me tomorrow will be a better day!

If you don't want to use drugs than a natural way is to rest and relax before your cycle is due.

Cramps can worsen through lack of sleep and anxiety both in which I suffer from! This is why I exercise, meditate and do my yoga.

Perhaps I will have to accept i'm someone who will always have a little anxiety and stress in their life.


Anonymous said...

I suffer with anxiety and stress too and I have developed many methods for dealing with it. I can offer advice if you'd like.

Right now I'm taking a course of hypnotherapy to help relieve stress and anxiety and to train my mind for meditation as I find it really difficult to focus.

Rachel Ducker said...

Thanks Jon I would love to have your advice!

How does hypnotherapy help?

Duckey x

Anonymous said...

I'll let you know more about the hypnotherapy once I've completed the course. At present I've only had 1 session and so far.... Im impressed to say the least. I have been offered free hypnotherapy sessions from a lady who works at the same company as me who has just retired. Free is always good!

Anxiety, Stress & Depression :(
Well, I've kinda made it my mission to beat it out of my life or get to a stage where I am in control - it took me years! and I mean YEARS! but I've got it now. So I have lots of advice to pass on. I'll post on my blog the basics for you. Then if you have questions that are more 'specific' to you I will answer.