5 Things That Will Make You Have A Better Period. Period.
Have you ever wondered how you can have a more positive period experience? It is surprisingly easier than you think. Try these 5 simple steps…
HOW TO HAVE A POSITIVE PERIOD EXPERIENCE
Know When It Is Coming
Periods can be so painful and debilitating. However, they can seem far worse if you don’t even know when they are coming. According to Maisie Hill, author of Period Power: Harness Your Hormones and Get Your Cycle Working For You, 2019, “Tracking and being aware of your menstrual cycle is the greatest act of self-care you can give to yourself, and unlike joining a gym, starting a diet, or quitting coffee, it requires very little effort.” Menstrual Cycle Awareness and tracking your periods can help you take control of your life by knowing and understanding what is going on in your body at specific times during your menstrual cycle. This can be really beneficial in the day to day running of your life and can contribute to an improved overall mental, emotional, social and physical well-being. To track, there are some popular phone apps available to download, however good old fashioned pen and paper works tremendously well and is thoroughly recommended by Hill herself.
We get it, no one is going to stand in the way between you and your craving for salty chips and doughnuts right now. No one. Although have you considered that reaching for sugary snacks and salty take-away may only serve as a momentary fix leading to a more detrimental impact on your body? Your body’s natural response to eating these high-carb, high-fat, high-sugar foods is to get an instant high, however the high won’t last very long and will simply lead to a comedown or a crash like feeling. This plays havoc on your body and overall menstrual health. Try to aim to eat more nutrient rich foods with the essential vitamins that your body truly needs during the run up to your period and throughout menstruation. It is OK to treat yourself from time to time but be mindful to avoid the processed sugar and empty calories as a staple part of your diet.
Cut Down On The Caffeine
Energy drinks and sugary frappe’s might feel like they are giving you that much needed boost but trust, by drinking them in the run up to your period will only see you come crashing down. Try swapping these beverages for herbal teas such as green tea or black coffee. Drink before 4pm to aid in a good nights sleep. Alternatively cut out the caffeine altogether and replace with herbal tea infusions. The benefits are endless and will help you to induce relaxation and ease anxiety and or period pain.
Also, we hate to kill your vibe but lay off the bottle too. Alcohol can exacerbate period symptoms such as increasing breast tenderness and lowering your blood sugar levels, making you feel more tired and irritable. Swap the Gin for lots of water for a few days. Your body will absolutely thank you for it.
Drink Ginger Tea
Ginger is a powerful analgesic which can prove excellent for helping to ease the symptoms of painful menstrual cramps. It can also help with nausea and settling a weak tummy. Ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory and reduces the production of prostaglandins, which in return reduce common symptoms associated with PMS such as cramps, mood swings, and also headaches. You can drink fresh ginger in a cup of hot water or alternatively ginger is in our Moon Tea infusion. Drink 1-3 cups per day, 7 days before your period is about to start and throughout menstruation.
Know Your Limits
If you are one of those mega babes who like to keep on doing it like they do in the adverts and keep up with your sports and extra curricula activities while menstruating, then we are all like, go for it girl, we hail you and support you. Getting out and taking part in any kind of exercise is really beneficial to you at any time in your cycle. However some of us mere mortals may just not feel like getting up to that much in the run up to our period and the week while we bleed. It really is OK to stay at home and Netflix and chill regardless of what any outside pressure might be saying in and out of your head. So curl up under the blanket, grab a cup of tea and indulge yourself with some much needed you time. We like to think of the menstruating process as a time for reflection and rebirth. However you think of it, just take lots of care.