Every month, mother nature knocks at our door normally 12 times in a year if you don’t miss one. And every time this comes knocking, it’s going to be a dreadful 5 days for us. If you are not lucky, you can be one of us who feel cranky, aches and pains during these times. Sometimes, you wanna think that life is unfair for us ladies.
Above all, what’s important is that you must listen to your body and what it is trying to say. If you feel like resting and skipping out on that Friday night, just stay home and watch that Netflix movie. Don’t let anyone stop you from babying yourself while you’re on your period. You got to find some way to ease the pain.
Here are few things you can do:
1. Heat Pad
Period cramps are worse during the cold, it can make your period last longer and heavier. Applying heat to your abdomen will get the blood flowing and relieve cramps. Scientist say that it has the same effect as painkillers for up to an hour. You can use a heat pads or a water bottle with hot water while relaxing. It actually blocks the pain messages that are being rapidly sent to your brain.
2. Dark Chocolate
If you love chocolates, this is going to give yourself a reason to indulge yourself. During your period you are losing heaps of magnesium, but 70% of cacao treat can help you regain that nutrients as it slips out of the body. Make sure, it’s dark chocolate made our of cacao and stay away from candies with caffeine and unnecessary sugar.
3. Have Multiple Orgasms
When you are in pain, you may not feel very sexy. But orgasm can help you ease the pain. If it can relieve migraines, it can relieve period cramps. The uterus contracts during an orgasm, and afterwards, blood flow increases and your brain hit with natural chemicals and automatically relieve pain. If you find it dirty, do it in the shower.
4. Drink More Water
The human blood contains about 45% of erythrocytes and 54.3% of plasma by volume. The plasma contains about 92% water. During your period, you can get easily dehydrated, and chugging water will help ease the most common symptoms, such as bloating fatigue. Resist the urge to purchase the sugary energy drinks you see in the vending machines, as they make your pain worse. Staying hydrated will also aid with digestion, so you can process your meals better and faster.
5. Vitamin E
An issue of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed a study showing that women who took vitamin E supplements twice a day during their periods for four consecutive months reported a lower pain intensity than they had experienced previously. They even took fewer over-the-counter meds as a result, and had more energy. Go to your nearest health foods shop and snag a bottle before your next cycle comes along.
Consuming 1200 mg of calcium a day during your period can possibly cut your menstrual symptoms in half. That includes moodiness and cramping. The easiest way is to take some all-natural supplements when your period is about to start. Other than that, you’ll reap the benefits of calcium and reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.
7. Keep Track
Always keep track of your menstrual cycle. Knowing that your period is coming so you’ll understand more yourself and why you are getting mood swings and why you suddenly feel like high tempered. Knowing your cycle will help you when to give yourself some downtime.
8. Stay Away From Waxing
Don’t submit yourself to more pain; everything down there is more sensitive than usual during your period. If you are scheduled for a bikini wax and your calendar says you are about to get your period this week, call in and ask to postpone it. They will understand.
9. Lavender Therapy
Research says that putting a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow at night helps you sleep like a baby. Well, when you're crampy and cranky, your beauty rest will take all the help it can get. If you can't get your hands on the oil form, grab a lavender-scented candle or incense. It's a relaxing smell that will help you forget about the discomfort and instead make you feel like you're floating on a cloud.
10. No Caffeine
If you love your cup of joe, you noticed your PMS symptoms go worse? It’s the caffeine’s fault. Caffeine is linked to elevating the levels of estrogen in the body. It will double the pain of your PMS plus a headache. Skip the cup on that magical morning or just have half a cup if you can’t take a day without it and switch to tea.
11. Lessen the Salt
Getting cozy with the salt shaker could make you retain too much water, which leads to uncomfortable bloating. Make an effort to eat less salty foods; say no to those crispy French fries and instead buy raw, unsalted almonds. Finally, when you're experimenting in the kitchen, use less sodium than a recipe calls for.
12. Sleep More
Temporarily kick your alarm clock to the curb and rack up those Z's. It's been proven that it's normal for our sleep cycle to get a little messed up before and during our periods. The National Sleep Foundation says that 30 percent of women report lack of resting sleep while they're menstruating. This makes us cranky and less likely to make healthy choices during the day. So grab your eye mask and curl up in bed; that to-do list can definitely wait a while.