Your period is probably not one of your favorite times but, even if it makes you feel under the weather, it is worth remembering that having a period is a sign that your body is working well. During this time of the month, it’s better to take it easy and simplify your life as much as possible. Why not spoil yourself a little?
If you are the type who is always on the go, skipping from one project to the next, you will notice that it is difficult to keep your normal rhythm during the first days of your period. Your body is telling you to slow down, so you’d better listen!
Let us give you some tips about how to best take care of yourself during period. And remember the important last piece of advice: now is the right time to indulge your food cravings. Don’t go overboard though. Use this free pass only in case of real emergencies.
#1. Slow down
Taking some personal quiet time, resting, catching up on reading, or even doing some writing are all normal activities during this time, so don’t feel guilty about it.
#2. Tea is the drink of choice
We are talking herbal teas here. The warmth of the tea will help uncramp those belly muscles. For really bad cramps, you can drink fennel tea (boil a tablespoon of fennel seeds in a cup of water, let it rest, then sip it slowly). You can also try chamomile tea (the glycine in it will calm muscle spasms).
#3. Think clean food
Because you are already bloated and your bowel movements are not how they should be, eating greasy, heavy foods will not help your case at all. If you’re worried about blood loss, you should compensate for it with iron-rich foods like spinach, kale or swiss chard. You can get your healthy fats from avocados and walnuts. Your Omega 3 (which, by the way, reduces stress and anxiety) can come from eating salmon. Yoghurt and whole grain foods insure the right levels of calcium and magnesium, while a few squares of dark chocolate (with at least 75% cocoa content) will boost your serotonin levels, thus helping you feel happier.
According to studies, menstrual pain is lessened by physical activity. Of course, this varies from woman to woman, but you can give some light yoga or some warm-up exercises a try. And, if they turn out not to be helpful, you can always just crawl back under the cover.
#5. Use the bathtub
Imagine a nice, warm bath. Now go and actually take that bath. It will help you relax and recharge, maybe even meditate a bit. And, if you do it before bed, add some Epsom salts to it (to help you absorb some much-needed magnesium, which will relax your muscles and help you sleep better).
#6. Always choose organic
Always try and use tampons or pads made of organic cotton. If possible, avoid non-organic cotton, as it may contain toxins very easily absorbed by sensitive skin.
#7. Comfortable, not hot clothes
Even if you love those tight skinny jeans, now it’s time for something more relaxed. We are talking about non-constricting waist bands and loose-fitting clothing. It might also be a good idea to carry a scarf or a jacket, since you might get cold easier than usual.
#8. Sleep is very important
You really don’t want to add more to your mood swings and irritability. That is why getting enough sleep is very important during your period. Your body is working double shifts, so make sure to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. It will make you less cranky – guaranteed!
The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!
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