Tips to Make That Time of The Month Not So Hellish
I know you feel exhausted and so much discomfort, but we all know the show must go on. Work, relationships, and life don’t get put on pause just because it’s that time of the month. From controlling our mood to performing everyday activities, your period can make everything more challenging. Not to mention those lovely period pains.
My Period Pains
Personally, I have a violent period. Let me paint you a picture. I usually sleep terrible the night before because my mind is racing around like it’s the Boston Marathon. Luckily for me, I always start in the morning. Some girls start their periods in the middle of the day and you really have to be prepared! The first morning I’ll wake up with ridiculous cramps and pains. Trust me, I do not want to get out of bed at this point. Once I muster up some motivation and I’m (halfway) ready for the day, I’ll run my errands and get some work done. But today is not like any other day. Today, I mobile order (as usual) at Starbucks and the lovely barista made my Americano iced. So maybe I flash the look of death before he remakes my order and then didn’t wish him a good day. Throughout the rest of the next 5 days I experience cramps, bloating, bitchy mood swings, cravings that can’t seem to be satisfied. And sorry for the details, but I’m also a very heavy bleeder.
Since I have been dealing with this once a month for the past 15 years, I wanted to share some tips for my ladies out there. I feel like not enough women are talking about something that happens to over 3.5 billion people in the world. Your period doesn’t have to be a living hell, I promise. It all starts with education and conversation. Here are 5 ways to make that time of the month less uncomfortable and less stressful. I would love to hear your tips, so don’t forget to drop a comment down below.
– Drink Water –
You should be drinking water on a daily basis anyway. But I get especially parched when it’s my time of the month. Staying hydrated with also help reduce bloating. You start retaining water when you start your period. And you are probably retaining more water than you should because you are dehydrated sister friend. In fact, I want you to grab a glass of water before you read any more of this post!
– Reduce Your Stress –
You already know this week is not going to be easy, so prepare your mind for what’s to come. Don’t plan to do any activity that you find super discomforting or yields painful results. I would skip the micro-blading and waxing session this week. Maybe throw on some comfy (but cute) romper instead of trying to squeeze your bloated ass into a tight pair of skinny jeans. When I notice my stress levels are through the roof, I like to take a few minutes before bed to meditate. You can also do this in the morning to set your intentions for the day. Some other activities you can do throughout the week (or the week before) include having a spa day, getting some fresh air, or doing a yoga session.
– Eat Right –
You know when you have the urge to go through the Mcdonald’s drive thru and order 3 large fries and a chocolate milkshake? The truth is that a friendly chemical called serotonin (which helps you feel happy) decreases in your brain the week before your period starts. You have no choice but to crave sugary treats and foods that are high in carbs and fat. Kind of what happens when you experience “heart break” or sometimes even depression. A lot of people associate emotions with food, which creates a very unhealthy relationship with nutrition. Instead of going for the french fries and donuts, choose sweet potatoes and sugar substitutes like honey or stevia. I notice a huge difference in the way I feel when I give in to my sugary, processed cravings versus when I eat whole grains, bananas, citrus, and complex carbs.
– Exercise –
Getting up and walking around your neighbor sounds like the last thing you want to do. But it will be one of the best things for you! I remember I felt like I was dying on the couch one day and my stepmom told me to walk around the house. Of course my first instinct was to roll my eyes. But once I got my head out of my “you know what,” and listened to her, I actually felt better. Now, I make it a point to do a little yoga, walk, or do some light cardio when it’s that time of the month. Even if the very least thing you do is stretch, it will help get that blow flowing. Physical activity also releases stress and puts you in a better mood. And who doesn’t want that?
– Take A Warm Bath –
Warm baths are not only great for relaxation and helps ease muscle pain, but they also melt away cramps. If you are anything like me and tend to just ache everywhere, it’s nice to take a few minutes to soak. Bathes are very soothing for your back pain as well. And if it’s cramps you are combating, grab a heating pad (not while you’re in the bath, of course) or warm wash cloth and put it over your lower belly.
– Change The Way You Look at Your Period-
I’m not saying try to look forward to your period. But I am just suggesting that you shift your perspective. You know it’s going to happen. So, use your period as a week to unwind and take care of yourself. Instead all the PMS and crazy lady symptoms, try to remind yourself that this is temporary. Besides, you’re a woman… what more could you ask for lady?
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Peace & Love,