There is no doubt about it – periods are something that women don’t look forward to each month. It’s a week of feeling bleugh and uncomfortable, and for no good reason. Obviously, there’s a good biological reason behind this, but it doesn’t make it any less sucky.
While a majority of women face the occasional period cramps, others experience the kind of pain that can be debilitating. While it’s impossible to completely be rid of the discomfort (unless you take prescription meds), there are some ways to ease that time of the month.
Read on to find out and adopt some practices that will make periods less sucky.
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
It seems counterproductive to drink a tonne of water when you’re feeling bloated but believe us; water is your friend. Don’t worry too much about feeling full because the best thing you can do for your body while going through the motions of menstrual cramps is to drink water. So, if you’re out and about, be sure to carry a water bottle with you to stay hydrated.
2. Stay away from unhealthy food
It is no surprise that you should gravitate towards healthier food options when on your period (or in general). With bloating being such a common symptom, you want to shy away from processed food or any foods high in salt. Too much salt will cause further bloating, and you don’t want that.
3. Avoid caffeine
Caffeine can amplify your period symptoms, so we highly suggest staying away if you don’t want the cramps and bloating to worsen. Try decaf tea or even green tea to curb your caffeine cravings. If you’re reliant on coffee to give you that burst of energy, try a protein bar instead; plus, it won’t give you the kind of crash caffeine would.
4. Up your vitamins
Consider adding vitamins D, E, magnesium, and omega-3 to your diet. These supplements can do a variety of things like reduce inflammation, aid your body in absorbing calcium, and may even help reduce the discomfort that period pain brings. We recommend taking these every day and not just during that time of the month.
5. Get your sweat on
When you’re puffy and overcome with cramps, burning calories will be the last thing on your mind. But even a slow and low impact workout can improve blood circulation. Some of the exercises you can do to improve blood flow include swimming, yoga, pilates, and a brisk walk!
6. Rest well
If you feel sluggish and tired during your period, it’s normal and understandable. Your body is going through a lot, so it’s imperative that you catch some sleep. To help your body and mind perform at their optimum level, aim to clock in at least eight hours of zzz time.
7. Pause your waxing appointments
While it’s essential to keep up with your grooming appointments, try scheduling your waxing appointments a week before or a week after your period. Waxing is likely to hurt closer to your period start and end date, so pencil your appointment in wisely.