When it comes to gender equality, should we be normalising period pain?

A couple of months ago I was scrolling through my newsfeed and stumbled upon a video of a news segment where they were discussing the idea of work leave for period pain. The woman proposing the change mentioned how common it is for women to have to use their sick leave for period pain and then not have enough left over for when they actually get sick.

Personally, I agree that it isn’t fair that women are taking sick leave in order to deal with pain associated with their period every month. But also, the discussion brought up a few thoughts that I’d like to share with you, because I believe there is a different way that we could be approaching this situation.

While I think is totally essential to normalise periods (and challenge people who get grossed-out by the sheer mention of a period on a regular basis) it deeply concerns me that we’re moving towards accepting things like debilitating period pain as a totally normal thing.

092495546efd2a994a2b8cfa64570fde.jpgNow, this isn’t me dismissing these symptoms, or anyone who experiences this pain. If fact, I believe that if you are experiencing pain once every month that has you bed-ridden, has you taking hard-core pain medications, has you doubled over in pain, gives you migraines that make you vomit and have to retreat to a dark room, or you experience irregular periods (varying one week to months apart), experiencing spotting, never-ending acne, very heavy or very light periods, breast tenderness or in some cases, find yourself suicidal in the lead up to your period;

NONE of that is normal.

And you deserve so much better than to be told to accept these symptoms as ‘normal’ every single month.
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30 Ways I’m helping the War on Waste

And you can too!

Has anyone else been watching The War on Waste with Craig Reucassel on ABC?

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I have been absolutely glued to it; heartbroken to see the impacts of our waste and shocked at how slow we are at doing something about it.

So, while I’ll also be sharing a passionate email to my list tomorrow morning (you can sign up here), I thought I would share all of the ways that I reduce my waste in my home (as well as a few others that might be helpful). If you can come up with any I’ve missed, share them with everyone in the comments section below. Continue reading

#activebabeschallenge Wednesday Workout (week 3) with Shannon Baker from Eat Lift Move

This week for the #activebabeschallenge (click the hastag to sign up) our Wednesday Workout comes from Shannon Baker from Eat Lift Move.

Shannon is a Personal Trainer based in Brisbane, specializing in Small Group Personal Training, educating you on how to live healthy, giving you the confidence to reach your fitness goals. Continue reading

#activebabeschallenge Wednesday Workout (week 2) with Liz Butler from Fitmantra

This week for the #activebabeschallenge (click the hastag to sign up) our Wednesday Workout comes from Liz Butler from Fitmantra.

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Liz is a Personal Trainer based in Brisbane, providing group, small group and individual sessions. She’s really excited about joining the #activebabeschallenge and has a passion for making exercise part of your wellbeing. Continue reading

#activebabeschallenge Wednesday Workout (week 1) with Emma Smith from The Empire Bodyshop

This week for the #activebabeschallenge (click the hastag to sign up) our Wednesday Workout comes from Emma Smith (The Empire Bodyshop).

Emma is a Personal Trainer based in Brisbane, providing mobile training sessions to the Logan area. She’s really excited about joining the #activebabeschallenge and has a passion for supporting the sisterhood – love it! Continue reading

8 Tips to Waking Up Happier – Kaleidoscope Blog

Good morning lovely ones! Or perhaps you’re reading this because you didn’t have such a good morning?

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Either way, I am proud to announce that I am now a Body + Soul Contributor over at Kaleidoscope Blog, so I will be writing some featured posts on the fabulous lifestyle blog each month. There are plenty of tips and recipes on Kaleidoscope from a variety of beautiful writers on food, style, lifestyle, blogging and happiness in general, so it’s a great place to get inspiration when you need it.

My post this month is all about waking up with more joy and enjoying early mornings, so if you struggle getting up with the sun, but would like to, this is definitely the post for you. Head on over to Kaleidoscope Blog for all my nutrition and lifestyle tips – you’d be surprised how simple, but effective they are.