Dealing with monthly periods is stressful for women. Periods are not just about bleeding; it also brings anxiety, pain, mood swings, and negativity.
It’s as painful and stressful as monthly instalments of a loan. You have to pay instalments whether you want or not and so happens with periods. You can’t get rid of this burden until you hit a certain age.
Stress is a synonym of periods. We can neither deny this nor ignore this, but we can try to make periods a little bit comfortable and easy.
So I have compiled a list of things that we can do to lower down your stress during periods –
Eat Dark Chocolate
After all, who does not like to eat chocolate? I think that there will be very few people who do not like to eat. Our body craves for something like chocolate when we are PMSing.
Convert your craving into a stress buster. Consumption of dark chocolate during periods can help us to reduce our stress. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, iron, and minerals. All these properties are ideal for those mood swings, cramps, and exhaustion that we suffer in our periods.
Heating Pad For Menstrual Cramps
Menstrual cramps are caused by contraction of the uterus as it expels its lining. Heat therapy works well while menstrual cramps.
Using a heating pad on the lower abdomen helps in relaxing your uterine muscles, increasing blood flow, and easing pain.
Do Light Physical Workout
As long as you are not feeling restless or any kind of pain, you should not stop doing physical exercises on your periods. A light workout during periods can help relieve you of symptoms.
You don’t have to do hardcore cardio as a physical workout. An ordinary walk or yoga or a couple of jumping jacks would be fine.
Hormonal fluctuations, constipation, and bloated belly are common during periods. Drink at least 8-10 glass of water during your periods.
Keep yourself hydrated. Otherwise, dehydration would lead to cramps and discomfort. Drinking enough water will fight with bloating as it flushes waste out of your system.
Use Comfortable Product For Blood Flow
There is a wide range of products available. Choose the one that makes you feel comfortable, dry, and meets your requirements of blood flow.
You can use reusable pads, menstrual cups, or period panties. There is a small risk of toxic shock syndrome (TSS) when using tampons. Avoid using regular pads as they are not disposable and are not ideal for the environment. Menstrual cups are tricky to insert, but with practice, it gets easier. Periods panties are also convenient, but you may need to use a pad with it on heaviest days to ensure no leakage.
Massage With Essential Oil
Massaging encourages blood flow. Essential oils have a wide range of usage. Massaging with essential oils is helpful for treating menstrual cramps.
Lavender, cinnamon, clove, rose, clary sage, peppermint, roman chamomile are some of the essential oils you may use to get relief from menstrual cramps.
Mix a few drops of your preferred essential oil to a carrier oil (almond, coconut, or any other). Massage with it on your abdomen once in a day for at least one week.
Avoid Consuming Food Items Which Have Cooling Effects
Drinking cold water and eating cold foods (ice cream and chilled dessert) may lead to severe menstrual cramps.
Coldwater or food items that have a cooling effect reduce the temperature in the intestine. It leads to contractions of the uterine and abdominal muscles, and then menstrual fluid doesn’t discharge properly out of the body.
To ensure proper blood flow, consume items that produce heat in the body. Add green vegetables, nuts, whole grains in your diet to get happy and healthy periods.
Do what makes you happy.
Menstruation is the time to make your body and mind relax. Although we get mood swings and severe cramps but follow these 7 things and do one more thing – indulge yourself in some activity.
Do whatever you love to do. Listen to music, watch your favourite movies and series, do painting, or read your favourite book. This may distract your mind, and you will think less about your periods.
We can’t get rid of period stress but can make some efforts to make it a little bit less stressful.
On that note, say cheers to these 8 ways and have a healthy and happy period.
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