Sometimes I wish I was one of those people who could get all goofy fired-up enthusiastic spinning with joy but it just doesn't happen.
Conversely, I don't go down in the dumps very much. I'm usually pretty even-tempered, so when I get in a foul mood, it is usually PMS or work-related.
So the other day I was shocked to find myself in an unreasonably bad mood that wouldn't go away. I felt like a 13-year-old again, self-obsessed, doubting, cranky, mean.
I had stuff to do but I ended up sitting on my butt in my Ikea Poang chair, mindlessly clicking around the internet for hours while I thought about what a loser I was.
I knew it wasn't PMS since the timing wasn't right. And as far as work, things have recently become much more fun and exciting than ever before, so it wasn't that, either.
It came to me: hormones. As a Woman of a Certain Age, I am not menopausal, but peri-menopause or pre-menopause (what is the diff? Anyone? Anyone?) is sneaking up on me. For the past few months, I have been using progesterone cream that I get at my health food store.
For three weeks a month, twice a day I just smear some of this citrusy-smelling lotion on and it doesn't seem to do anything. Until I forget to use it, which was the case on Saturday. Then I turn into Carrie from the Stephen King novel.
I had run out of the cream and and just forgot to make a trip to the health food place to pick some up.
Within 90 minutes of using it, I was back to normal. It was such a relief to not feel like breaking things anymore.
So that's today's helpful hint. You may not need it for 10 or 20 years, but when you get that Teenage Feeling, realize that it's just puberty in reverse - and it sucks just as bad - but now you know what to do about it.