Top Tips To Feel Better On Your Period

Let’s face it; periods are not fun. They come around every single month from when you first hit puberty until you reach menopause, yet they never seem to get any easier. It seems that everything is being thrown at your body - cramps, emotions, bloating and bleeding, all of which are very unwelcomed. From the few days before your period actually starts, through until the day it finally stops, you can feel under the weather and not quite yourself. And let’s face it, no one wants to spend their week trying to remove blood stains from their favourite pair of trousers. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to make yourself feel a bit better. Here are some top tips to try next time you get your monthly visitor.

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1) Have a bath

Period pain feels like you’ve been kicked in your abdomen, lower back and thighs all at once and is not fun to experience. These pains are caused by muscle contractions occurring within the uterus and can vary from being very mild to severe. It can be hard to concentrate when you are in pain, and sometimes a hot water bottle just won’t cut it. If this is the case, a nice warm bath can be a great remedy. Pop in some of your favourite bubble bath, light some candles and let yourself relax. This will help you feel in a better headspace to deal with your raging hormones, and the warmth of the water will help to alleviate your pain.

2) Do some light exercise

While cramping pains and being on your period might not make you want to slip into your sportswear and get running, exercise can actually help you when you are on your period. Do some gentle exercise such as aerobics, walking or yoga as this can get your heart rate up and get those feel-good endorphins racing around your body. These endorphins can help to alleviate your period pains and symptoms of PMS as well as take your mind off of it for a while. If you do find you have leaked a bit on your sports gear, it is nothing be ashamed about, and there are many ways you can find on how to get blood out of clothes online.

3) Eat healthily

It can be tempting to binge eat all the chocolate and sweet foods that you can see when on your period, but it is much better for your body to eat healthily. Do let yourself indulge in some chocolate (after all, it releases feel-good endorphins) but don’t go too overboard. Tuck into plenty of healthy food such as fruits, vegetables that are high in iron and whole grains. Vitamins such as Vitamin E can help, as can Magnesium and calcium. If you don't get these in your diet, look at over the counter supplements. You can also take some over the counter pain killers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to help with pains.

These are just some of the ways that can help you to feel better on your period. Remember, during this week to try and relax and ride through it - it doesn’t last forever!

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