Ultimate tips for a better period
Choma, I think we can all agree that periods are hardly ever fun, right? For one, you have to deal with being physically uncomfortable (thanks to cramps) and two, emotionally uncomfortable thanks to your hormones. Generally, your period can be a really tough time of the month - and that can make it hard to appreciate being a young woman However, there are ways to help you feel better about it all. Here are a few ways you can make your next period a little less uncomfortable.
A hot water bottle on your belly can help relieve cramps, this is because heat helps increase the blood circulation in the area that needs it. Better blood flow means more oxygen in your cells and less pain. If you don’t have a hot water bottle, a warm relaxing bath, or a warm cloth over your stomach can do the trick too.
Having cravings? Staying healthy doesn’t mean you have to let go of all those yummy things you want to indulge in, the aim is to find a balance that will please your taste buds but also keep the bloating to a minimum. Things like chocolate don’t have to be let go entirely - instead you can replace your regular milk chocolate bar with dark chocolate because it has a higher amount of the anti-oxidant cocoa than sugar and caffeine does(sugar and caffeine are also found in coffee and fizzy drinks). Fish, chicken breasts, potatoes and bananas are rich in vitamin B6 which helps your brain produce more of that “happy-feelings” chemical called serotonin to help regulate mood swings. Drink lots of water as keeping hydrated also helps with the cramping.
Stay loving yourself
Treating yourself to relaxation and indulging in the things you love will do you a world of good Choma. Make a list of healthy activities you can do every day that make you feel good about yourself, it could be a bubble bath or dancing to your favourite music in your room (to help get your blood pumping). Remember to get plenty of rest, your body needs to revive itself so you can tackle the next day like a pro.
Being aware of when your period will start, end and when your ovulation days are can help free you from the stress of not knowing. When you don’t know your body, it’s easy to jump to the wrong conclusions about what’s happening to it. A good way to do this is to create a fun period calendar for yourself where you mark your period days with a certain colour or symbol, and the same for your ovulation days.
You can also do this with cool period tracker apps that you can download onto your phone. Here’s an example of one you can download here. When you understand why your period works the way it does, you’ll be less worried about it
Your period is a reminder that you are a healthy and though it is an unpleasant experience most of the time, that doesn’t mean you should love your body any less. Women are always made to feel that a period is something to be ashamed of, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not, Choma. No one should ever make you feel that a natural body function is embarrassing. Talking to your friends, older sisters, mothers (and even me) can help make you feel comfortable with asking for help if you need it.
Here’s an article you can read if you’re just starting out with your period and trying to figure out what’s normal: Periods - what's normal?.
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