Well, there is always a ‘that’ time knocking our bodies every month, when we are mentally and physically trying to hang at the backdrop, with bloating, cramping and cravings, irritability and numerous other syndromes. Somehow, despite managing it for months and years, it does affect us with the same intensity of maddening frenzy every single month, keeping us off-shelf and lying low.
But our monthly visitor is there to stay, till our bio-clocks merrily carry us to menopause, which is another ball-game, altogether. So, we got to do things that will keep us in good spirits during the days of our periods without us being too discreet about it.
Given below are the ten ways in which you can sail smoothly through the discomfort of menses, and find some ease in those difficult days.
1. Warm Water Bath
A warm water bath is an excellent remedy for pain and discomfort during periods. The warmth relaxes the stiffness of the abdominal and vaginal muscles. Therefore, it may give some relief in the cramps. Moreover, after a bath, you feel clean and fresh. However, some people caution against using water that is too hot because it is said to increase bleeding.
2. Comfort Pills
Though popping too many pills is not good, it may help to keep some medication handy in case the period pain is causing too much of discomfort; particularly ahead of some important meeting or event. It may alleviate pain symptoms on the days of heavy bleeding, thus reducing unavoidable botheration.
3. Keep your Stock of Sanitary Pads Ready
Whether you get your period on time or out of the blue, it is always a good idea to stock up your supplies, especially one or two in your purse. This makes you more prepared and helps you avoid any embarrassment.
4. The Right Pad
Opting for a right pad is very important. On the days of heavy bleeding, one can opt for the thinner yet highly absorbent ultra-pads. This helps in dealing with periods more comfortably and discreetly. In case someone has sensitive skin, one can opt for pads that have a cotton cover on top. Whatever suits one’s flow and skin sensitivity, one must buy the pads accordingly.
5. Cut Down on Salt
Salt is a major culprit when it comes to bloating related troubles. Junk food and pre-packaged snacks are high sources of salts. Before the periods, the levels of estrogen hormone rises considerably. And they are responsible for the body retaining water. Additional sources of salts only make the problem worse. Hence, they must be avoided to prevent the body from getting puffed up.
6. Cut Down on Alcohol
Again, alcohol is something that can increase the levels of estrogen in the body. Though it gives temporary relief from cramps, it can result in the cycle being irregular. Consuming more than one portion of alcohol can cause the pre-menstrual symptoms to aggravate. It can lead one to feel depressed and drowsy, fatigued and have intense headaches as well.
7. Be Prepared
We may rejoice when periods are done for the month. But it is a good idea, not to indulge in reckless behavior and rather get our body prepared for the next cycle. It includes getting plenty of sleep, eating right, exercising and living a balanced lifestyle. It’s not that they are gone for good. One can also rely on technology that tracks the time and days so that one is better equipped to handle the discomforts associated with the menses.
Many women feel hesitant to try lighter colors or fabrics during their periods. But there is no rule like that. If one has chosen the right pad, considering the intensity of bleeding, one can confidently carry off any piece of clothing. But one should also be a bit careful to wear loose organic fabrics that give comfort and ventilation to the body. Plus, such clothing should be chosen that allows easy change and is not too cumbersome to manage.
9. Light Exercise
It is natural to feel tired and exhausted during periods. But experts say that some light form of exercise is very beneficial for the physical and mental state of our body. Exercise makes the body release endorphins, which act as the natural painkillers of the body, thus easing cramps. It also alleviates retention symptoms and can lighten one’s mood. Some studies even suggest that exercise can reduce the days and intensity of flow during menses. However, if the discomfort is too much to bear, it is worth taking adequate rest.
10. As You Wish
Since the body is going through the phase of shedding and fatigue, it makes complete sense to take some time-off to chill and divert the mind from the nagging unease. This can include anything—a peaceful walk, catching up on movies, watching telly shows or snuggling under a blanket with a book in hand.
Every natural change in the body comes with some side-effects, and menstrual cycle is no different. But following some correct steps can make the days much more agreeable and even as enjoyable as any other day. So follow the above tips and feel free to enjoy all your days to the maximum, even if they come with a period!!