|How I Founded CycleHarmony.com|
|By Jing J.|
My personal battle with PMS, and three simple steps to healthy and happier menstrual cycles.
Hi, My name is Jing. And I’m the founder of CycleHarmony.com.
When I was in my 20s, I used to have horrible cramps right before my period. Sometimes the pain was so unbearable that I had to roll up in a ball on the floor. A few times I was sent home from the office, covered in cold sweat, and in excruciating pain. But the physical pain is nothing compared to the emotional pain I suffered later on.
In my early 30s, I was sometimes overtaken by sudden sadness, angry outbursts, and hysterical cries. They seemed to come out of nowhere, and throw me off balance when I was least expecting and completely unprepared…
I’m usually a pretty happy, positive, productive girl. Have lots of energy. Am up for most anything. But during those times, I seemed to change into a totally different personality – an irrational, unreasonable, crazy and selfish person, and I had no control over it. Absolutely none!
It was frightening, painful, frustrating and embarrassing! Not only for me, but for those around me as well – the people I love. Needless to say, it destroyed a couple of my relationships, and put a serious dent in my self-esteem…
For years I lived with the thought that there was something seriously wrong with me – and that I had a lot of stuff to work on. You know what I’m talking about. But it seemed like the more I tried to control my emotions, the worst they got. I was desperate. Felt completely helpless and didn’t know what to do.
Then one day a girlfriend told me that she had similar experiences and that there was a name for what I had – premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It was an enlightening moment for me because for the first time I realized that I wasn’t alone. That there might be a solution to this madness.
But a solution was not easy to come by.
The information on PMS was so fragmented and contradictory, that I didn’t know where to look, or where to begin.
I learned that while recognized by modern science and medicine, there was still a lot of mystery surrounding PMS. But PMS was not some demon force, and I wasn’t crazy. PMS was real – not something to be ashamed about. And I was not alone. 70-90% of menstrual women experience PMS. That’s a lot of unnecessary suffering. And I needed to do something about it.
So I dove in, researched extensively on this subject, and experimented with various methods of treatment to help myself better manage my PMS. It wasn’t easy, and not always effective or pretty. But when I came out the other side I discovered that…
PMS is tough, but I am tougher.
And so are you.
In the process of finding my own PMS relief, I realize that there’s really no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to PMS. For some women, it may be lifestyle changes. For some, it may be certain supplements, herbs or acupuncture – or a combination of these things. And for others, it may require medical attention. It’s up to you to find out what works for you, and take PMS into your own hands – to face it, stare it down, and turn it around.
For most of us this is the most challenging part.
So I created Cycleharmony.com to help you take on this challenge and make the process easier for you. It comes down to three simple steps.
The first step is to get a basic understanding of your PMS symptoms and answer a few questions, such as what symptoms do you have? How often do they occur? When do they occur? And how severe are they?
The second step is to set goals and develop your own PMS management plan incorporating a balanced diet, regular exercise, rest and relaxation routines, natural healing techniques or medical treatment if necessary.
The third step is to implement your plan on a weekly basis and monitor your progress. You can adjust your plan as you learn what works, and what doesn’t work for you.
Cycleharmony.com provides online tools and information to help you each step of the way. It filters the noise, takes out the complexity and makes it extremely simple and practical. It helps you take PMS into your own hands and take steps to live a healthier and happier life.
It’s also a community where women suffering from PMS can share their stories, their frustrations, their feelings, and their remedies. A place where women can go to get perspective and insights, help, support and hope.
It’s a journey that each woman will take individually – and together – not only to find relief for PMS, fatigue, depression and mood swings, but also to discover and reclaim our true power as a woman.
I hope you’ll join us today, and share this messy, imperfect, but beautiful, and amazing journey…