Periods and perspective. Just a little something Sydney-based musician Rainbow Chan taught us during our open conversation series. Rainbow opened up about her period self-care rituals, embracing PMS and how being off the pill has allowed her to appreciate her period and see it in a whole new light.
Moody, tired, soft, resilient.
I started learning about periods before I even got it. I have two older sisters and come from a family of four girls - so it was always around.
I guess I was both apprehensive and fearful, but when it did happen, I just carried on.
It’s definitely changed. I was on the pill for a bit and then I came off it and the feeling of having it properly again, in a more natural and organic way… I just love the bodily, visceral quality of it. Now that I’m not so fearful of it, it seems like a nice marker of time for me. I know it’s a monthly thing, so it keeps me really inside my body and more aware of my days. It explains why I feel the way I do at certain times of the month.
Sometimes leading up to it I get really emotional when I look at videos of cats or animal documentaries. I just get super overwhelmed at how beautiful the world is (laughs). That’s when I know it’s coming.
I guess we kind of laugh about PMS or getting emotional and moody. But I think it’s actually really amazing to let yourself be so open and vulnerable and feel all of those feelings when it does happen. You kind of become heightened in a sense and see things in new detail when you’re in that state. Sometimes it’s annoying and hard to manage, but I think overall it’s only natural and we’ve got to embrace it right?
Comfort foods, staying warm and allowing myself to do nothing. Lying down and just reading a really slow book and… it’s cliche but having a bath with candles and listening to Frank Ocean (laughs).
When I’m making music, my period is bound to coincide at one point - I just roll with it. I don’t think about it - it’s just in the background.---
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