Most of us will agree, that period cramps are a thing of evil, delivered directly to our uterus’ by Satan. Despite this, it’s important to remain period positive, look after ourselves, and discuss menstruation openly. I personally don’t get extremely bad period pains, but I know that unfortunately isn’t the case for everyone, so I thought I’d compile a list of tips on how to handle bad period pains for my blog. Here we go!
Eat & Ride!
I think one of the most important things is to indulge. I know that for a lot of people, including me, experience extreme cravings for unhealthy food and sex. We just want to eat chocolate while having sex at the same time, and it feels like that’s the only thing that will make us happy again. I don’t think we should deprive ourselves of what will ease the pain. If period sex isn’t for you, freely stuff your face with all the chocolate. There’s a whole lot of ‘sciencey stuff’ backing up why we crave chocolate, so indulge in it and ease the pain! Most importantly, don’t feel bad about it.
It’s all well and good sitting there feeling sorry for yourself, but I promise you’ll feel much better if you find something fun to do. You have way too many extra hormones floating around during your time of the month, and it helps to be doing something instead of feeling restless and/or down. It doesn’t matter what the activity is; whether it be reading a book, watching a film or walking the dogs, always try to engage in some form of activity. You could even try a creative activity that you’ve always thought about doing but never got round to it. Pick up a paintbrush or get out your knitting needles!
Let it Out
Please don’t conform to this inexplicable stigma around crying. Let out your emotions and you will feel a whole lot better. Maybe you need a good cry? Maybe you need to punch a pillow? Do both if you must! Holding in your emotions will make you feel a whole lot worse. Trust me, you will feel a whole lot better once you’ve let it out. There have been times where I’ve cried so much during my ‘Time of the month’ that I’ve felt as though I’ve lost some weight afterwards. It’s not healthy to block your emotions. Trying to keep it together and keep your emotions in is just another chore on top of having a shit week.
Use the Right Products
Applying heat when you’re experiencing the painful aspects of being on is a sure-fire way to start feeling better. Keep yourself warm by having a hot bath, or sleeping with a hot water bottle (of course this isn’t such an option during Summer). Heat patches, which you can buy from all goods stores and supermarkets, are an absolute godsend. Heat will help to ease the pain and make you feel more comfortable.
Sanitary Owl* – a subscription service tailored to your personal period needs. Read more about this service here.
TOTM – Time of the Month* is a company that specialises in creating sanitary products such as tampons, liners and pads which are made completely from organic cotton, and are free from chlorine, pesticides and chemical fertilisers, making them fantastic for your body. They don’t contain perfume and never leave fibres behind after removal. TOTM tampons offer various styles – from applicators, none-applicators, various sizes and absorbent abilities. As well as your body, they’re also great for the environment as they are easy to dispose and don’t use any chemicals. They also offer a subscription service which you can alter to suit your preferences – meaning you can order everything you need for your time of the month in advance, and avoid nasty surprises! They also offer accessories from storage bags, to ‘fablittlebags’.
Disclaimer: Items marked with an asterisk (*) are items that I have been gifted. However, all opinions expressed on my blog are my own and I never accept pre-written content.
What do you do to find comfort while on your period?