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Hello, it is April 8th and things are still out of control. Know what IS in our control though? Our actions. Want to use your agency to do some good? Us too. That’s why we put together this list of 7 things you can do to be a positive force during the Coronavirus crisis.
(We’ll go back to writing period-focused blog posts soon, promise. Though doing good deeds is one way of reducing stress, and reduced stress leads to less constriction, and less constriction means less cramping, so… there you go! Relevant!)
Periods Don’t Stop for Pandemics.
Photo by Gabby Jones for the New York Times
Brazen friends, please buy only the pads and tampons that you need. Hoarding menstrual hygiene products has completely disrupted the normal supply, leaving shelves empty for those who live paycheck to paycheck. Even shelters are having a hard time getting their bulk orders fulfilled. People without access – because they can’t afford the products or because they can’t find them in stores – are turning to torn-up t-shirts and cut-up mattresses, neither of which are safe. This article unpacks the issue, shedding light on who is most affected by it and who is working to help. A few things you can do: buy only what you need each month, switch to a cup if you can afford one, and/or donate to an organization working to get pads and tampons to the people who need them, like I Support The Girls.
Seeing Abortion Laws from a Teenager’s Point of View
Photo via Angal Field/Focus Features/NYT
“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” will be available on-demand tomorrow and we’re adding it to our watchlist for the weekend. Focused on a pregnant 17-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, it’s an “unusual movie about abortion rights that makes bureaucracy the villain.” Considering the decreasing access to safe and legal abortions in the US (even more so now with Coronavirus) it feels timely and important. You can learn more about the movie and Director Elizabeth Hittman’s journey in making it here.
You Can Control Your Immune System More Than You Think – Here’s How Gratitude Can Help
photo by Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times
Researcher and New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Joe Dispenza "says "Changing your fear to gratitude, appreciation, and kindness for just 10 minutes a day, three times a day, can strengthen your immune system by 50%”. It sounds kind of wild, but the explanation makes sense. Essentially your body has a limited amount of energy and since it “can't tell the difference between an external stressor and one you've created in your own mind”, your immune system works to protect you from both. So, if you can limit the internal stressors (i.e. manage your stress and reduce your anxiety) then your immune system can focus more of its power on fighting external stressors like viruses. For a more detailed explanation and tips for putting his advice into action, read this article.
Since we have the honor of being here, in your inbox, we figured we would use a little space to tell you about some other womxn-led companies we love. We’re starting off with DivaCup, our menstrual cup of choice. Did you know the company was cofounded by a mother and daughter duo? We’re in awe of how Francine Chambers and Carinne Chambers-Saini have disrupted the menstrual hygiene industry and grown their business to what it is today. Our team has collectively used a few brands of menstrual cups over the years and the DivaCup is hands-down our cup of choice. Aside from comfort and no leakage, we give them extra points for the work they do to end period poverty. You can learn more about their company, products and initiatives here.
(Note: this is not sponsored and that is not an affiliate link. Just a sweet and pure little company crush we’ve got going on here.)
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