It is common to feel uncomfortable or sickly during periods. During that time, a woman’s body may go through many period issues like body cramps, mood swings and weakness due to bleeding. Some even suffer from premenstrual syndrome before their periods. However, certain things can help you ease your period journey.
Here are some period hacks that would help you understand how to feel better and at ease
Period hacks to help you deal with your period issues
Here is a list of self-care hacks to help you feel good during your menstrual cycle.
Pain in your lower back, lower abdomen, or thighs are common issues most women experience during their periods. Some women even experience symptoms like dizziness, nausea, loose stool, and headache. Even menstrual cramps are normal and happen due to the muscle contractions within the uterus due to several changes and hormone release.
Some women undergo mild period pain, while others can experience severe symptoms. If the pain is very severe, it is always good to consult your doctor.
For mild pain, you can try hacks for pain relief.
- Placing a heating pad or hot water bag on your lower abdomen, lower back, and thighs. Instant heat help reduces pain to a great extent.
- You can also place a warm cloth on the lower abdomen and lower back. This can relax your muscles.
- You can even have a hot shower or bath to relax the muscle.
- Drink warm water or beverages like hot tea and coffee to warm your body, which also helps relieve some menstrual discomfort.
Do some exercise
Exercising might sound like a difficult activity during periods. However, some easy, light exercises like slow walking, yoga, breathing, and meditation help boost blood flow, reduce stress, and combat cramps, headaches, and anxiety.
Keep your body hydrated
Staying hydrated will help you stay active and avoid feeling bloated, puffy and full. Consuming 8-9 glasses of water is recommended throughout the day. Also, you might feel sluggish and irritated if you do not have sufficient water intake.
As discussed earlier also, consuming warm water during periods helps lessen period pain by comforting the cramped muscle. So, remember to consume enough water, even when travelling.
Eat nutritious foods
As far as possible, try eating nutritious foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, proteins rich nuts and related products. Avoid eating snacks, chips, and other processed foods as they contain a high amount of salt that sometimes leads to bloating.
Take good sleep
Getting enough sleep during your periods helps boost serotonin which makes you feel good. Thus maintain a proper bedtime routine and take at least 6-8 hours of sleep to lift your mood, maintain mental peace, and have a healthy hormonal cycle. Even taking short naps when you feel sluggish can make you feel energised.
Meditating for some time or listening to some relaxing music can help you sleep well. Avoid using cell phones and watching television a couple of hours before your bead time, as this distracts your sleep.
Relax your mood
Understanding your mood during your periods is essential, as it has a huge role in how you perceive pain. Thus, spare some time to do things you enjoy, visit a spa, read books, catch up with your friends or do what truly makes you happy.
Ideally, your periods should not affect your routine in a big way. And if they do, please visit your doctor. There could be underlying issues like hormone imbalance affecting your health.
Stay healthy, and have a happy period!