PHOTOGRAPHY: JAY TABLANTE
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I’m sure all of you have felt the wrath of a woman with a premenstrual syndrome, or PMS—be it your girlfriend, sister, friend, or (God forbid) stepmother. These mood swings are one of those experiences you as men hardly understand. But you should! So what to do when blood, er,shit hits the fan?
Let’s think of a situation. Say, she says one thing and you do what she says then all of a sudden she gets mad at you. Yes, wild mood swing! Here’s what you can do: Stop whatever you are doing and do the exact opposite of what you’ve been doing because that’s probably what she “really” wanted you to do. For example, she says, “Yes you can go ahead, I’ll meet you there.” You go ahead. She calls you, angry, instructing you to drive back. I know it’s a lot of effort but if you really want the relationship to work, then do it!
It’s hard to be with a woman when her mood swing hits but this is the time when you can show her your worth.
When my mood swings hit, I prefer my boyfriend to just be there beside me, hugging me and not necessarily saying anything. I’ve talked to several girls and all recall saying something like this at one time, “No, it’s okay. Just leave me alone. I want to be alone right now.” What they really mean is: “Please just stay with me, comfort me. Make me feel better.”
But one thing you’ve got to remember! When you comfort her, make sure you don’t “spoil” her. Meaning, don’t do everything she says and don’t make her feel like you would do anything for her anytime. Make her feel like you're putting in effort and that you tried your best. Because the moment girls get “spoiled,” they tend to abuse it and would always expect that level of commitment all the time.
To sum things up: The next time your girlfriend or a girl you are dating has mood swings, kiss her, hug her, and make her feel better by showing how much you care for her. If she asks for too much, explain yourself and tell her what you can do for her within your reach If you succeed at this, you might even get a bone after!