Emerging Blogger Series, Mental Health

Emerging Blogger: Steffi Jenifer (The Colourful Salad)

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The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building by giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience.  It’s also a way to introduce readers to some newer members of our community.

This post is by Steffi Jenifer of The Colourful Salad.

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My Dark Side

I love my life
I love my family, my body, my life.
Suddenly, I find myself in darkness
The tangles of unhappiness
Anger rule me, I lose control
The minor cracks of life seem a major mistake
I scream, I cry, am guilty.
My dark side is up
-Steffi Jenifer

The Story:

A story of a young woman in her 20’s, experiencing the hormonal tide each month. Unaware of the damage she did to herself, the loved one and their relationship. The long run of struggle, the talks, the debate within herself only to lose her confidence.

Ruth a young married woman, relocated to a city. She had a complete shift from a rural life to an urban. She began searching for herself with the new marriage and the shift. Confused with the circles of life and unanswered questions.

Months passed by; Ruth’s husband noticed a pattern each month. The irritation, anger, sudden mood swings, sadness rolled over her. One fine day, he decided to talk to her. She broke, she wept, she spoke herself out.

She felt better, a support, a ray of light. She started finding some answers.

The Talk About:

A woman experiences a cluster of psychological, behavioural and physical symptoms that include irritation, mood swings, depression and many more a week prior to her menstruation.

These symptoms together are called Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS).

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9/10 women goes through this hormonal tide each month. Some experience it mildly and some to the extreme. During which, she struggles within herself, a numerous thought of her failure, her weakness, her falls cover her. This is her dark side.

The Cause:

Hormonal fluctuations are the major cause. While stress, alcohol intake, smoking, excess caffeine also contributes to PMS.

How to deal:

  • Avoid: stress and other triggering factors
  • Activity: have an active life with minimum of 30-45 minutes of a physical activity like cardio, yoga, meditation
  • Diet: practice with eating clean. Include at least one raw meal a day. E.g.: fruits, salads, lentils, sprouts, seeds etc.
  • Hydrate yourself: Have a minimum water intake of 2.5-3L/day
  • Share: share your feelings with the closest one and get support for the blues.
  • Sleep: a sound sleep of at least 7-8 hours/ day.

The Ray Of Light:

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The bubble inside me bleeds red
The pain, the agony, my tears
Finally, my dark side lights up
A new woman in me is ready for the next battle
-Steffi Jenifer


Steffi Jenifer is a mental health nurse who believes physical health is important, but mental health is a priority.

Visit her on her blog The Colourful Salad.

Thanks so much Steffi Jenifer for participating in the emerging blogger series!

You can find a listing of all of the series posts in the community features directory.

The emerging blogger series from Mental Health @ Home

Do you want to be the next emerging blogger?


  • you have a personal (rather than business-oriented) blog that’s focused primarily on mental health/illness
  • you’re a new(ish) blogger, with WordPress following <100 preferred

Interested?  If you fit the criteria above:

  • email me at mentalhealthathome (at) gmail (dot) com
  • let me know the topic you’d like to write about and include your blog name/URL

12 thoughts on “Emerging Blogger: Steffi Jenifer (The Colourful Salad)”

  1. Thank you so much Ashley for having published my article at the Emerging Blogger Series. Its indeed a great opportunity for a blooming blogger like me. Thanks again.

  2. A great post about one the trials and tribulations that women face each month. In hindsight, I
    might have struggled with pms but I just put it down to all the other stuff going on.

    Now I struggle with ‘the change’ aarrgghhh! What we women go through sometimes…………

    1. Thanks you. It means a lot.

      Yes, PMS takes us to the peak and we ourselves fail to understand how to deal with our emotional outbreak.

      As women, sometimes its a rough path to deal with our own emotions.

  3. What an insightful post. I too suffer from PMDD and with the help of vitamins and herbal remedies, my symptoms have gotten much better. It’s a monthly struggle for sure and gets more challenging with age after having children. Hugs to you👏

    1. Thank you! It means a lot.

      I lately understood how hard it is to deal with PMS and sometimes its annoying too. Yea it is challenging to deal with one’s own hormones

  4. My periods have worsened over the years and now I’m practically ‘out of action’ for 24 to 48 hrs each month. At 48 I’m heading into menopause… deep sigh. The joys eh?

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