Being Grateful: Homelessness and periods
Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.
Watch this vlog to hear my views on gratitude and how people can take something as simple as being able to buy sanitary towels/pads for granted. I provide a small glimpse into what homeless women have to go through being homeless and not being able to afford to buy toiletries. How when you are homeless you are forced to choose between buying something to eat vs buying some pads.
There is a clip below that was was incredibly difficult for me to watch. It brought back many memories of going through exactly this…..
I remember those days I used to dread that time of the month; stressing how I will manage. Wishing i was in a warm bed. Thinking how will I cope with the pain. Having no money to buy pain killlers. Not having a hot water bottle. Not being able to to access sanitary towels/tampons. The pain I’d feel in my heart of not understanding why I had to go through this. Alhamdulillah for everything.
FACT: Women end up using anything they can access to improvise and be creative. Whether it is paper, newspaper, pages out of a book, toilet roll, bits of cloths or tearing up your own clothes.
If you have not been through this it will be hard to think of doing this yourself. Too many women go through this right under our very noses.
Some of the things we can do are:
1) Respect all those women who have to go through this.
2) Say a little prayer to all women who are homeless.
3) Support those organisations that do amazing work for the homeless and vulnerable women.