How To Make ‘That Time Of The Month’ More Comfortable (Part 2)
Earlier in the week we shared part one of ‘How To Make ‘That Time Of The Month’ A More Comfortable One (Part 1)’. From cleaning up your diet to reducing stress, there are some very simple but effective ways to reduce discomfort and pain during your period. Here are 5 more tips to consider!
1. Move it.
Although some days moving might feel like the last thing you want to do, exercise has been proven to reduces stress, release endorphins and boost circulation – all of which are great ways to combat feelings of discomfort and pain. Move in a way that feels good to you, whether that be boxing or ballet!
2. Essential oils.
There are numerous essential oils that may help relieve abdominal cramping or inflammation and pain associated with you period. Oils not only smell nice, they are very therapeutic! My favourite is a blend of lavender, cinnamon and sweet marjoram oil mixed with a carrier oil (I use coconut oil) rubbed directly onto the abdomen. This serves as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Always double check which oils you can use if taking medication or pregnant.
3. Reduce alcohol.
Not only can alcohol increase cramping during menstruation, but it also amplifies mood instabilities and depression. While you may almost automatically reach for the wine bottle next time your period comes around, think again – it is unlikely to do you any favours, particularly at this time of the month!
4. Rethink sanitary items.
If you currently use tampons and experience discomfort, pain or dryness, try an alternative! My preferred product is a menstrual cup – read all about them here. Not only are many tampons are full of chemicals (aka hormone disrupters) but they can irritate vaginal walls and the cervix creating discomfort. Many people have reported that by switching products they have experienced less pain and discomfort, and even shorter periods – worth a shot I’d say!
5. Ditch your painful appointments.
Did you know that your pain threshold ebbs and flows throughout your menstrual cycle? The week before, and the week of your period, your pain threshold is at its lowest. A simple wax could bring tears to your eyes, let alone a tattoo or piercing appointment! Do yourself a favour and schedule any particularly painful appointments for the week after your period.
Next time your period arrives, don’t let it takeover your life and resort to eating donuts, laying on the couch and crying for 5 days – though zero judgement here if you do, we’ve all been there at some stage, right? Instead, implement some of these strategies and rock it like a boss! Remember, that just because something is common, does not mean it is ‘normal’ – more often than not something can be done to remedy the problem! Of course, if you have very painful or heavy periods always see your doctor or health professional. Happy menstruating, beautiful!