That time of the month can be a bummer! From having to deal with mood swings, heavy cramping, bloating and the obvious bleeding, being on your period is not all that great. Even so, this time of the month doesn’t have to completely suck. There are ways you can make this time of the month a little bit easier. This involves adopting some self-care tips during your period to help with all the downsides that come with this time of the month. Here are some tips you can use the next time Auntie-Flow comes knocking on your door:
Use heat therapy for cramps
If you experience mild to excruciating cramping on your period, then using heat therapy is one way you can practice self-care during this time. Applying heat on your abdomen using a heating pad can actually help you relax and reduce tension in those muscles. It can also promote blood flow and eliminate swelling in the area. If you don’t have heating pads for your period, you can always fill up a plastic bottle with hot water, wrap it up in a towel and place it on your abdomen.
I know the last thing you want to hear is that you need to exercise while on your period, but hear me out. You don’t have to go ham on your work out session during this time of the month. All you need to do is focus on gentle movements and exercises such as taking walks, doing light yoga and light cardio. Some light exercises when you’re on your period can help with bloating, cramping and generally improve your moods.
Invest in good sanitary products
There’s nothing worse than having sanitary products you can’t rely on. Not only will using the wrong sanitary products ruin your mood but they will also make your period the most uncomfortable thing. Not to worry though – brands such as Always have made self-care during your period less uncomfortable and so much better with their new Organic Cotton Pads. The new pads are not only thin and comfortable to wear, but their superabsorbent core makes this pad leak free so you can go about your day without having to worry about a thing.
If you like all things natural, then drinking herbal teas is a great self-care natural remedy for period cramps. From ginger, peppermint, green tea and chamomile teas, these herbal teas will help soothe menstrual pain and get you feeling back to normal in no time. Pour yourself a cup of tea using loose leaf teas or a couple of tea bags and toast to less pain.
Even though you may be tempted to snack on greasy and high salty foods during your period, this might not be such a great idea. Not only will these snacks cause more bloating, but they may also worsen your cramps. Snack on foods such as dark chocolate, fruits, nuts and leafy greens, all of which will work to reduce the symptoms of being on your period.
Sleep and rest
Resting is an important part of self care on your period. During this time of the month, our bodies produce a lot of progesterone which can then make us feel more sleepy than usual. Because of this, you should make sure to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep at night and if you can, squeeze in 20-40 minutes power naps during the day.