I touched base on this area last month on my article Periods. In one section, I mentioned a few things I do to help me get through the week. That’s right, a week. I’m incredibly jealous of girls with periods which only last 3-5 days. From what I’ve heard, that’s the average; but mine have always been a week (give or take a day or two). So, that’s the week I try to be as gentle with myself as I can. As I mentioned earlier, though, it does take a toll on me.
Here are my 6 tips to help me get through the wonder of mother nature.
Drinking chamomile tea is something new I’ve been trying this year and, honestly, I’m really loving it. I’ll admit I had to adapt to the taste of it for a bit but now it’s something I drink repeatedly. I decided to try it when I received a big book of tea, one of them being chamomile, from my Secret Santa. According to OrganicFacts.net, one of the benefits of chamomile tea is to help with menstrual pain and relaxation.
I use essential oils daily but use them the most frequently during my time of the month. I don’t own any diffusers (though I hope to buy one soon), instead I use the roll-ons. They’re easy, simple and quick to use. My lavender roll-on is great for aiding my body to relax. I went to a workshop where they mentioned specific pressure-points to release tension such as; the back of your neck, along the lower stomach and the lower back. However, it’s advised to only try a little on an area of the skin, and wait twenty-four hours in case of irritation. During my period I like to have a little bit along my lower stomach for cramps as well as my lower back, and a bit up my spine as I get very tense and uncomfortable in that area. I literally become a cloud of lavender, my whole family knows wherever I am or where I’ve been!
This is another lavender scented item. I told you I transform into a cloud of lavender! This is an essential item for me, whenever I even feel slightly ‘ugh’ I heat it up and place it on my lower stomach. It’s also comforting to have against my skin. This is the same as a hot water bottle. Just having some warm against the skin can also help ease tension.
It’s always handy to have some painkillers nearby (I use Neurofen). Depending on how your period takes effect on you, this can help with headaches, relax your stomach (if you’re like me, where your stomach just can’t settle properly!). Be wary, as you don’t want to overdo it with painkillers, only use when you definitely need them.
When reading about different tips on periods, drinking water is always on the list. It’s always important to stay hydrated but never more so than during your period. Due to losing blood, you may feel drained and water is a great way to restore balance back into your body. Lack of water can cause bloating and cramps, so keeping your body hydrated is beneficial in relief towards discomfort. Additionally, it’s great for headaches. It has benefits for the whole body.
I’m not one to exercise a lot. It’s actually so bad, maybe I need to start just to strengthen my body. I’ve heard keeping your body active is important to ease period pain. I try to tell and remind myself this but when my period starts it’s the last thing I want to do. I aim to do it for at least one-two days. Again, it all depends on what is most comfortable for you. As I’m never up for anything too strenuous; my way to keep my body moving is through yoga. Yoga is a great way to stretch your body. It’s perfect for any time of the day as there’s plenty of options of yoga sequences on YouTube that varies in time from half an hour to a quick five to ten minutes.
Every little helps! Even going for a short walk!
Always take care and be patient with yourself. Don’t push yourself too much, just do it at your own pace.
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