Having a period is always the worst time of the month, from the cramps to the mood swings. If you’re struggling during this difficult period, here are the ten tips to help your period when it comes around.
1. Use a wheat bag/hot water bottle
By warming this up and placing it on your stomach, this will help your period feel less painful. I’ve always loved using wheat bags as you can get them in cuddly toys. That way you can cuddle them as a form of great comfort.
2. Take some paracetamol/ibuprofen
This is always a brilliant way to combat period pains, just remember to read the instructions if you don’t use them often.
3. Give into your cravings
Yes, this myth is true and can help with periods. For me, mint chip ice cream always helps when I am having bad menstrual cramps. Of course, everyone is different, and this comfort food is different. Chocolate is a great place to start but experiment if this doesn’t work.
4. Drink some herbal tea
Herbal tea has many healing effects and can help make you feel better during your period. I always find red berry or mint tea helpful to drink during my period. Chamomile tea works brilliantly too if you want to drink something soothing.
5. Wear comfortable clothing
Its bad enough that we’ll be feeling rubbish during this time but wearing uncomfortable clothing will just make things worse. Wear some comfortable clothing and switch into your pyjamas when you come home.
6. Eat healthily
Eating and drinking healthily helps reduce the period pains. Eat healthily when you aren’t on your period then indulge on the occasional treat when your period comes around. That way, when your cravings kick in, you won’t feel bad about submitting to your cravings.
7. Take things easy
The last thing you want to do when you’re feeling rubbish is work. Whenever you can, rest up, relax and treat yourself. If your period is light, try having a bath or try a light massage round your abdomen to help you period.
8. Do gentle exercises
Do some gentle exercises such as yoga to help reduce cramps, just don’t do anything too strenuous. There are many videos you can watch on YouTube that are perfect during this time.
9. Track your period symptoms
You can either do this by marking this in a journal or using an app. There are many free apps you can use to help you not only track your period, but any symptoms that come along with it. That way, it will help your period be more bearable. Try different things to help alleviate period pains, then jot them down to make your period more bearable.
10. Catch up on your sleep
The best thing to do during this time is to rest. So catch up on your sleep and let your body recharge and do what it has to do.