So I recently secured an interview at my city’s raw vegan smoothie bar! It’s the best job I could ever hope for and I REALLY want to get it – there are few vegan oriented places in town, I really love making smoothies, and on top of that I really need the job because I’m forced to move out and find my own place soon (I’m 18, it’s a reasonable time to leave, but I also come from a low-income single-parent household meaning I don’t have any of the resources needed to start a life on my own, i.e. parental support). My interview is tomorrow.
So what’s the problem?
I just started my period today. I’m not moody on my period, my cramps are often minor, but the biggest problem I have is this: I experience really bad mental blocks at the beginning of my cycle. So bad that I just feel like a stupid zombie, I can’t focus on anything, I need people to say things twice, I stumble around in a fog… I also get very cold and don’t look as strong as I usually do.
It’s just… it’s not fair. I’ve been on my period during exams once, and I nearly failed one. I need this job. I don’t know how to get rid of this mental fog. Even if people suggest taking painkillers or midol, and even if I wouldn’t take medication in the first place, pain killers are only to deal with cramps, bloating, headaches. Painkillers just numb you further, I’d become a full-time zombie.
How can I keep focused? Is there anything at all I can do to make sure I don’t completely screw up this interview?
@veganistdestrox, I know what it feels like when I’m a little low on iron when this comes around – more pale, more cold, and more sluggish – but that’s not what I’m feeling with brain fog. I haven’t had to deal with any lower iron symptoms in a very long time, I eat plenty of iron rich foods.
So far, I’ve just been taking a multivitamin plus a lot of vegetables and whole grains, which seems to be working just fine. Again, caffeine is a pretty big no when you’re on your period. And water, though it may not clear up fogginess, is definitely necessary if you don’t want to feel bloated.
Magnesium is the best thing I can recommend. It’s good for your brain and helps balance everything out. Drink lots of water too. Sorry hun, I would say try 5-HTP but that gave me night terrors, plus it’s hard to find offline.