“It’s just one of those days that a girl goes through
When I’m angry inside,
Don’t wanna take it out on you.
Just one of them things.
Don’t take it personal.”

Monica was what, 14 when she sang that song? But homegirl spoke for me then, and even now as a grown woman. All of us have “one of those days” every now and then. Mine are always precipitated by the arrival of good ol’ Aunt Flo.

On those days, I often find myself in a glass case of emotion. Overwhelmed by the littlest things, prone to unexpected and inexplicable crying jags, and likely to be snippy and/or irritable and depressed. I become the kind of person I’m easily annoyed by.

I’ve tried many different PMS remedies, various pills and liquids administered with little droppers from the health food store. Feh. They taste awful and they don’t work. Right now, here’s one thing that does.

1. I pull myself away from whatever has been the source of my stress — whether that’s a specific person, the phone, the TV, the computer… whatever’s getting to me.

2. I take some time to regulate my breathing. Just closing my eyes and taking some slow, cleansing, deep breaths that fill my stomach and lungs with fresh energy makes the world of difference.

3. I reach for the get a grip.

The Republic of Tea is all about delicious blends, and their Be Well Red Teas serve specific purposes. Get a grip is a caffeine-free, high-antioxidant, organic rooibos blend that also includes soothing chaste berry and black cohosh, “which encourages hormonal harmony and can assist in reducing premenstrual and menopausal annoyances.”

That’s what they’re saying, and it sounds good to me.

To be honest, sometimes get a grip on its own isn’t tasty enough, so I make a special iced happytime blend of various teas that all have special healing properties. Sipping it makes me feel calm, cool, and collected once more. I made it yesterday and YUM! It’s a refreshing way to sweeten my mood. Here’s my recipe, complete with links so you can buy the bags:

Afrobella’s Bad Day Begone Brew

Celestial Seasonings tea — 2 bags of Tropic of Strawberry , 2 bags of Black Cherry Berry.

1 bag of Get a Grip by the Republic of Tea

1 bag of Traditional Medicinals St. John’s Good Mood

1 bag of Yogi Tea’s Green Tea Kombucha.

I mix it in a big pitcher, let it all steep for like 20 minutes. I don’t have exact measurements, but this is great in a big pitcher and should work out to 6-8 servings. Sweeten and serve over ice. Feel those cares leave you behind.

The St. John’s Good Mood is made of St. John’s Wort which combats depression, and if you’re pregnant or lactating you should educate yourself about it before drinking this stuff. The Green Tea Kombucha enhances my immune system, fights fatigue, and gives the tea a complicated flavor and a hint of mint that I enjoy, to undercut the berry sweetness. This tea’s a delicious as sno cone syrup, but with myriad benefits. It’s my bad-day essential, and helps make “one of those days” so yesterday!

Do you ever blend your own ice tea, bellas? Any favorite blends of choice?

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