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When that time of the month rolls around for any woman, it can be a difficult period. Whether It lasts for hours, days up to a week, it can be very uncomfortable. What we have to remember is our bodies are doing miraculous things, even when it does mean we reach for the chocolate and cry at a drop of a hat. So I thought it would be a great time to discuss some of the things you can do to make this time of the month and your period more bearable to handle. Especially as we don’t have a choice in the matter.
That Time Of The Month: Things to consider
Taking time out to rest up
While we may not be able to get a day of work each month, it’s vital you rest up when you can during your period. This is because your body is working very hard and it’s often something we don’t see but can feel. Those cramps we get can be painful. We can often become more tired as well during those few days. The best advice would be to sit yourself down as often as you can and get comfortable. Or at least head to bed early with a nice hot water bottle to help ease the pain.
Try and indulge in healthy alternatives when it comes to food
It’s easy to reach for sweet treats and comfort food during this time of the month. It’s something quite reassuring when devouring a chocolate bar or tucking into a plate full of creamy pasta. However, it can make you feel great at first, but the sugar hit wears off after a while. Plus the last thing you want to do is affect any weight loss goals you are trying to reach.
A great piece of advice would be to look at alternative healthier versions of those loved treats. There are some amazing protein balls you can make quite quickly that have that lovely sweet edge and a good dose of protein to keep you going. Many more recipes can be found on websites like Pinterest.
Get the protection you feel confident in
During that time of the month, your period can make us feel less confident in our bodies and how we feel. This can be added to if we don’t feel clean and protected. So, if you find yourself feeling uncomfortable with your choice then try a few alternatives.
- Menstrual Cups: Menstrual cups are feminine hygiene products that are designed to collect menstrual blood during a woman’s period. They are typically made of medical-grade silicone, latex, or elastomer, and are inserted into the vagina like a tampon. Menstrual cups can be worn for up to 12 hours, and can be reused for several years with proper care and maintenance. They are a popular alternative to traditional pads and tampons, as they are eco-friendly, cost-effective, and can provide more comfortable and convenient menstrual care.
- Period Pants: “Period pants” is a term used for underwear designed specifically to be worn during menstruation. These pants are designed with special absorbent technology that can prevent leakage and help keep the wearer feeling comfortable and confident. They are a popular alternative to traditional menstrual products such as pads and tampons.
- Reusable Pads: Reusable pads are a type of feminine hygiene product that can be washed and used again. They are an eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative to disposable pads. By investing in reusable pads, you can not only save money in the long run, but also reduce your environmental footprint.
Try and remain positive
Finally, try and keep a positive mind. It is common knowledge that we can get slightly irritable during our menstrual cycle. We can be angry and frustrated. Sad and teary. We can even be all of those things all at once. We’re complicated creatures after all. But try and do your best to not let those negative thoughts take over. Keeping a positive mind will get you through those few days feeling confident in yourself and your ability.
I hope this has helped you if you struggle with that time of the month.
Remember that your body is doing something incredible.
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