When the crimson tide comes flooding, you have no choice but to endure. However, as disheartening as the arrival of your periods may be, one must take solace in the fact that menstruation is a sign that our body is functionally well. So, instead of crying over spilled, err, milk, it’s best to simply take it easy and keep your life as hassle-free as possible. In fact, why not even spoil oneself a tad bit?
If you’re the kind of soul who is always on the move, hopping from one venture to the next, then you’ve probably already made the discovery that retaining your hectic pace is difficult during the initial days of your monthlies. This is basically your body’s way of yelling “Slow down!” Hence, you better start listening.
So, let us provide you with certain priceless tips on how to best care for yourself when you’re not at your best. Here are the 8 essentials things every woman must do during her periods!
1. Take It Easy
This is the mandatory break Mother Nature imposes on women. So, don’t feel too bad for using this time to sit back, relax, and leisurely enjoy life for a while. Take some time out from the taxing rat race and daily grind you’re subjected to, and instead do what feeds your soul. Catch up on some good books or TV shows you’ve been meaning to watch, take a nap, do some journaling, read some poetry, or just daydream – whatever rocks your boat!
2. Make Tea Your Go-To Drink
And we’re talking the herbal kind here, missy! Trust us, the warmth of this concoction will feel like a warm hug to those sore belly muscles that have been cramping the whole day. If you’ve been suffering from really intense menstrual cramps, try drinking some fennel tea (1). However, if fennel isn’t your cup of tea (See what we just did there?), try chamomile instead, as its glycine content can help soothe muscle spasms.
3. Eat Clean
Periods mean a bloated abdomen, which greasy, fatty foods won’t help improve by any means. Hence, ditch the curly fries and opt for fresh fruits and veggies instead. Also, if you happen to be nervous about all the loss of blood, try making up for it with foods that are rich in iron, such as kale, spinach, and swiss chard (2).
You can also get your fix of healthy fats from sumptuous walnuts and avocados. Salmon can provide you with your quota of essential omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce anxiety and stress. Whole grain foods and yogurt, meanwhile, maintain your stock of magnesium and calcium, and dark chocolate (Who said it was all doom and gloom?) can help give you a serotonin boost (read: happy hormones)!
4. Get Some Exercise
According to research, the intensity of menstrual cramps is reduced with physical activity (3). Admittedly, the effect will vary with each woman; however, you could attempt some warm up routines or light yoga for a start. And, if it turns out to be a dud, you could always simply crawl back into your pillow fortress and take a nap!
5. Indulge In A Bath
Oh, the joys of a soothing, warm bath! Imagine the tranquilizing waves of gentle heat as you and your throbs and aches step into the bath. Amazing, isn’t it? So, what are you waiting for? Go get one, now! Not only will it help you revitalize, adding some Epsom salts could actually aid your sore muscles to uncramp and relax as well.
6. Always Opt For Organic
Always endeavor to purchase pads or tampons that are made of 100% organic cotton. The reason we say this is because non-organic cotton can contain toxins, which could easily be absorbed by your sensitive skin, thereby causing skin and other conditions.
7. Ditch Hot, Choose Comfy
No matter how cute your tush looks in your favorite pair of tight skinny jeans, when you’re hit with your time of the month, it’s best to settle for more relaxed and breathable clothing. So, scour your wardrobe for loose-fitting tops and non-constricting trousers. Also try and carry a light jacket or scarf with you when you’re on the move as during the menses a woman is likely to feel cold a lot more easily.
8. Prioritize Sleep
Sleep is essential when you’re riding the crimson tides! Trust us, you really don’t want to add to your existing irritability and mood swings; hence, always ensure you get at least 7-8 hours of much-needed shut-eye every night. During your monthlies, your body is working overtime, so don’t exacerbate the situation by depriving it a chance to recuperate.
So, there it is – 8 simple (but often neglected) ways that you can care for yourself the next time you have your periods. Share this article with your girlfriends who you think could use some tips to make their time of the month more tolerable!