It can sometimes feel like women get a pretty rough ride. Once a month, we’re subjected to pain and discomfort, and what’s worse – and what’s worse – is that this is as it’s supposed to be. We’re just following the laws of nature, and we’re punished for it! However, it might be time that we rethink what ‘the time of the month’ means. Instead of letting our period dominate our mood and actions, it’s high time that we turn the tables and take control of this aspect of our lives once and for all. This is how you do it.
Right, we know it’s none of our business if you want to eat chocolate and other delicious treats, but there are some things that you should know before you make it your go-to routine when Aunt Flo arrives. To begin with, know that your brain is kind of tricking you into wanting those things: it just wants to give your body a feelgood boost. However, while you will get a lift, you’ll also get the comedown symptoms too. Is it worth it? No, not when you have foods like carrots and hummus, or apples and peanut butter to do the same job for you!
If you want to feel at your best when you’re on your period, then you need to make sure you’re giving your body plenty of the good stuff: water! You’re going to have some water trapped inside you, and you’ll be able to get rid of it much faster if you are keeping your water levels topped up. Also, try to avoid any drinks that have caffeine: it’ll force your body to retain water, and that’s the opposite of what you want.
Switching Out the Tools
You might think that there are only two tools for dealing with your period: pads and tampons. This, however, is not the case: there are other options, and they might be much better for you. Take the menstrual cup, which is relatively new but is receiving rave reviews from women. So what are the benefits? This Lily Cup review says it can be used for up to twelve hours (which is longer than pads/tampons) and can be reused. While it might not be suitable for everyone, the potential benefits mean it’s worth exploring the options!
Now, we know that the idea of curling up on the sofa and binge-watching Netflix shows might be your idea of heaven when you’re on your period, but it might not be the best idea. At least not for the whole day, anyway. Doing small amounts of exercise will release those feel-good endorphins, which can function as your body’s natural medication.
Finally, remember that you’re never going to own your period completely. But you can own your mood. Each month, give yourself a treat. Whatever it is, however small it may be, treating yourself to something nice will make the few days of your period all the more bearable.