We all know that being on your period can be rough. Cramps. Backaches. Breast tenderness. Headaches. Hormones. And oh yeah, all the blood. While I enjoy having my period as it’s a natural physical release—at times, it isn’t so pleasant, especially when it comes to the pain.
So many women experience various degrees of discomfort during their special time of the month, and often times, the solution is to grab a few Midols. While it may be the easy option (and sometimes the only one, especially if the cramps are bad), I prefer to tackle my period pain in a more holistic way that doesn’t just make you feel good physically, but mentally too!
If you experience a lot of cramping, pain or any discomfort while you’re menstruating, then try out some of these alternatives that can help relieve the pain and lift your spirits:
Take a bath. I strongly believe in the power of baths—they have the ability to truly soothe you and suppress pain, especially if it’s very hot water. Fill up that tub, grab a glass of wine and just relax. If you manage to relax mentally, then your muscle will as well providing some cramp relief.
Get a massage. If you don’t have an electric massager (not a vibrator) then get one, or get your special someone to use their hands. My point is that massages are a great way to manage pain—if you get backaches this is truly a wonderful way to get your muscles to experience pleasure rather than pain. If you lightly massage your lower abdomen, the results will be remarkable, especially if you have really hot hands.
Get some chocolate. This may sound cliché, but really, go get some chocolate (or any other comfort food.) During your period, it’s important to indulge in food that will make you feel good, because let’s be honest, you may be feeling very crappy. I’m not recommending eating the entire tub of ice-cream, but a piece of chocolate never hurt nobody.
Period panties. You know what I’m talking about, ladies. If you’re not feeling sexy then don’t try to slip into that lacy thong—get into your belly-button-high, grandma-like, uber-comfy period panties that you’ve owned forever. Comfort is so important while on your period, especially if you bloat so make sure that you feel good in what you’re wearing—and it all starts with the panties.
Exercise. It might sound crazy, but keeping your muscles active during your period is good for you. Plus, exercising releases endorphins that will make you feel great, in spite of the internal hormonal drama happening inside of you. You don’t have to go running, or bike-riding—a simple walk will be enough to get your body and mind moving.
These are just some of the ways that I deal with my time of the month—they usually work for me, but sometimes they don’t. However, I do believe it’s important to attempt different approaches rather than always heading straight for some pain-killer. But hey, sometimes I do that too.
What are some ways you deal with your monthly visitor?