Experiencing monthly periods over the years might make us accustomed to them, but the reality is far from it. Even after years, managing our menstrual cycles can still feel like a daunting task. Mood swings, cramps, bloating, and more can make it seem like an unwelcome gift we’d rather not receive. Unfortunately, periods can often lead to increased stress and anxiety as well.
Now, the link between stress and periods is also significant, as stress triggers the production of cortisol aka stress hormones. Here are some hacks to make your period days more stress-free and less anxious.
Practice Self Care
Indulging in self-care activities during your period days can help you manage the physical and emotional aspects of it. A warm bath, meditation, or engaging in your favourite hobbies can be part of your self-care routine during your periods. You can also give aromatherapy a chance. It involves using essential oils to promote relaxation and alleviate stress. Oils like lavender, chamomile, and peppermint can be diffused using a diffuser or mixed with carrier oil for a soothing massage.
Paying attention to your diet during periods is very crucial. Consuming foods rich in iron, such as leafy greens like spinach and kale, lean red meat, etc., can help combat fatigue and prevent anaemia. Additionally, consuming nutrient-rich foods, staying hydrated, and reducing caffeine and sugar intake can help manage mood swings and bloating.
We get it! Who wants to indulge in exercising when you can just relax and sleep? However, engaging in some form of physical activity can improve blood circulation, alleviate cramps, and boost your mood by releasing endorphins. You can try light to moderate exercises like walking, yoga, running, etc.
Another way to make your periods extra comfortable is by choosing the right sanitary products. If you’ve still not found the perfect pack of pads, give Sirona’s 100% Rash-Free Pads a try. They have a cottony-soft top sheet which makes them ultra-soft and super comfortable. Moreover, the top layer prevents rashes and irritation and the highly absorbent core provides protection from leakage.
Hot water or OTC Medications
The easiest way to make your periods comfortable is by applying heating pads to your lower abdomen. It can provide comfort by relaxing the muscles and easing the cramps. The warmth can also improve blood flow which can reduce pain. If this does not provide you any relief then you can try non-prescription pain relievers that can help relieve menstrual cramps and discomfort. But do consult with a healthcare provider.
There are days when our periods can come unannounced. For such days, it is always advisable to create a small kit or pouch that can help you deal with them without any worries. The kit can include your choice of menstrual supplies, spare underwear, and your OTC pain relievers.
Try these hacks and you’ll definitely feel a difference!
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