There aren’t many reasons to look forward to your period – cramps, PMS, lethargy, bloating and menstrual bleeding aren’t exactly pleasant! And they don’t always make it easy for you to work.
But there are several things you can do to make your time of the month more comfortable, and find ways to work effectively during this time – to ease the impact on your daily life.
Here are 5 ways to take care of yourself during your menstruation:
1. Give yourself time to rest — especially on the first day
Our body is going through a lot in that first day of our period, so it’s important to recognize and honor what our body is going through by allowing it to rest. If you start over the weekend, give yourself the time and space to rest during that first day.
If you do need to work or have activities to do on the first day, make the effort to let yourself rest in any moment that you have time. Rest even more during your lunch and other breaks, take extra moments during your day to meditate, and try to avoid doing any extra errands. Anything that doesn’t need to be done on that exact day, put it off to the next day when you’re body will have more energy to do it.
You may feel pain or cramps in your lower abdomen and even in your lower back. This happens when the muscles of the uterus tighten to help shed its lining. You can soothe the pain several ways:
– Take a warm bath.
– Hold a hot water bottle or heating pad over the cramp zone.
– Relax with gentle exercise, such as stretching.
– Sip a warm drink.
– Check with your mother or doctor if cramps get in the way of your normal life. There may be medicines that can help you.
3. Proper Nutrition
Eating Real Food makes rough periods better. Try to avoid foods that are high in salt, as they’ll encourage water retention and bloating, and steer clear of caffeine as it constricts your blood vessels and increases tension.
Because you lose blood during the first couple of days of your period, consume grass-fed liver. It will replenish iron and combat fatigue. If you can’t stomach liver, try dessicated liver capsules.
Physical activity is great for relieving anxiety, lethargy and headaches. It’s an almost-instant, endorphin-packed mood raiser.
Exercise also helps to improve your blood and oxygen circulation throughout your body, including your pelvis area, which may also help with cramping.
5. Drink lots of water
It’s always good to drink plenty of water, but it’s even more important during your period.
Not only will water help with any water retention, but it will prevent you from becoming dehydrated – and feeling even more tired and lethargic.