5 Easy Steps to Deal with Your Periods
- Over the counter pain medication can help relieve period cramps.
- Applying heat to your abdomen is another easy way to soothe cramps.
- Some form of light exercise can help reduce the pain from cramps.
- Having a few full nights of sleep can help reduce the severity of cramping.
“That time” of the month evokes similar emotions in girls such as- detesting, moody, cranky, irritable, and hateful. There can never be enough evidence to concord that menstrual cycles aren’t loved.
Periods can prove to a real botheration. The only good things about it- you are becoming a lady, you can conceive when you want to, and your body is working normal. Not relieving enough? Well, let’s learn how to deal with the stressful “that time” of the month.
Kill the Pain
Period cramps are caused when the egg is released from the ovary. You can take any over-the-counter pain killer to manage the anguish. Ibuprufen or Meftal Spas are all good. However, taking a painkiller is not mandatory; you must avoid it if the period pain is unbearable.
Heat Your Stomach
Applying heat to your abdomen is another easy way to soothe cramps.
a) Use a heating pad
An electric heating pad is a simple way to bring heat to your cramps. Simply plug it in and wait a few minutes for the unlimited source of warmth to radiate over your midsection.
b) Take a hot bath
A hot bath is another option. Consider adding essential oils like lavender or chamomile to help you relax even further.
c) Use stick-on heating patches
If your schedule will not allow you to sit in a bath or with a heating pad, a stick-on heating patch can provide on-the-go relief. They will stick to your abdomen and deliver heat for up to eight hours. They are small enough to fit under clothes too, so you can move freely with one on.
During periods, you must sleep for whole night in order to reduce the severity of cramps. A sound sleep can also help reduce stress and irritability. You must make sure that your room is quite- there must be no distractions in your bedroom.
Do not use a computer, phone, or television right before going to bed. Relax yourself with something you enjoy doing- barring the use of a screen like read a book.
Manage Your Diet
An unhealthy diet can worsen menstrual cramps. Before your period starts, make sure your diet is what it should be.
a) Eliminate junk food
Anything full of sugar or grease will cause stress on your body, which can lead to cramps. Stay away from fried food, red meat, soda, and candy to lessen the stress on your digestive system.
b) Eat fruits and vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables will provide your body with the nutrients it needs. These foods are also full of fibre, which will help reduce constipation.
c) Take a multivitamin
If you are at all unsure if you are getting the nutrition you need, a multivitamin can help. Calcium, zinc, and B vitamins can all help reduce cramping and bloating.
d) Cut out caffeine
Consuming caffeine through coffee, soft drinks, or chocolate can affect your ability to sleep. Cut these foods out before your period to make sure you can fall asleep easily.
Engage in Light Exercise
The first day of your period is not the time to start training for a marathon, but some form of light exercise can help reduce the pain from cramps.
a) Try yoga
The stretching and slow movement of yoga has two benefits. First it gets your blood moving, which helps reduce cramping. Secondly, stretching your back and abdomen can help soothe the pain.
b) Take a walk
A 30 minute walk is another great way to get your blood moving. Walking outside in the sun can also help improve your mood, lessening stress and irritability.
Do not allow period cramps to ruin your life. Practise a mixture of lifestyle changes and treatments to help you cope with them.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jan 13, 2014
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