A few weeks ago I posted some yoga poses that are great to do on your period. I’ve always hated the idea of taking a bunch of pain killers to deal with menstrual pain and discomfort. Over the years I have experimented with different natural ways to minimize any discomfort that comes during this week. There are 5 things that almost always work for me. I hope they work for you as well as they do for me!
- Drink tea. I love drinking tea all the time, but particularly during my menstrual cycle. In particular, ginger tea is a great way to combat any feelings of nausea during this week. If cramps are plaguing you, try peppermint tea.
- Eat healthy, light foods. We all have cravings during our period. These usually tend to be for heavy, greasy foods. However, I have found that these only make me feel worse in the long run. Try to eat a good balance of healthy fruits, veggies, grains, and nuts to cut back on any ill feelings you might have. In addition, try not to overeat as this will only make you feel worse in the long run.
- Drink lots of liquids. Drink up! Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water and tea during the week. Your body is working very hard during this week so keep it hydrated and cleansed with lots of liquids.
- Make use of a heating pad. I love to use a heating pad if my cramping is getting too bad. This is a great way to relax the muscles of your back and stomach to ease the pain you are feeling. Relax with a good book, your favorite TV show, or bring the heating pad to work to use during the day!
- Give yourself time for extra relaxation. Give yourself extra time to relax this week. Your body is working so hard, so take some time to relax. Have a warm bath, get to bed an hour earlier, or watch an extra episode of the TV show you are loving. Whatever it is, your body with thank you for the extra rest!
What do you do during your period to minimize any discomfort?