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11 Things People Who Suffer From Period Pain Understand

11 Things People Who Suffer From Period Pain Understand

While many of us are blessed with painless periods, many others want to scream when they simply hear “period pain.” A lot of people might not even understand what period pain actually feels like (or won’t even believe it exists!).

If you’ve ever experienced period pains, then chances are you’ll probably understand these few things — like when I use the term “apocalypse” for a comparison.

1. We fear tender breasts like an apocalypse announcement

Don’t you hate how your breasts get all swollen, heavy, and sensitive? If you’re used to going bra-less, you suddenly dive into your bra drawer to find the one that will maintain them and keep them from pulling your chest down. If they’re touched or even stared at, you feel like your whole chest is on fire. Just the slightest accidental friction can make you want to commit a murder.

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2. We hate bloating – Cola isn’t always the reason

That infamous pre-period pain you feel just as your belly starts getting bigger and bigger? Yes, this means period pain is on its way. You are afraid, anxious and tired. Does it always have to be the same every month?

3. We have pain that isn’t always physical

You know PMS all too well and your closest friends, family members and partners can recognize it. You feel like the whole world stops caring about you. You want to lie in bed all day and eat sweets while massaging your belly. You’re in pain. A strong, tiring emotional pain.

4. We get horror movie cramps

Now is there really anything to say about how cramps feel? Your uterus is literally destroying itself and it feels like it is trying to kill you. You wonder if you are hosting a legion of tiny dragons, demons, and various other evil creatures that only want to hurt you for as long as they possibly can, until there are no more layers to tear.

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5. We are grateful for painkillers

“Do you have some Ibuprofen ? Oh never mind, do you think you could get me some morphine?” These are words a woman experiencing period pain would say. If you’re lucky, Ibuprofen pills will do. If not, your doctor might even want to give you some sort of injection.

6. We love our hot-water bags

You will try literally anything to ease the pain. Although you may well feel like getting rid of your uterus is the only solution, you will try softer methods instead. The hot-water bag is an all time personal favorite. I love lying in bed with my hot-water bag on my lower abdomen, calling a friend, and complaining about how annoying “lady time” is.

7. We have lower back issues

The terrible pain that appears suddenly in your lower back that makes you say “Uh Oh” and run to the ladies room? You know it too well. You’ve tried to stretch, do back rolls, lay on a pillow, just to realize that it will only go away when your period is over. It’s the kind of pain that makes you want to ask someone to sit or walk on your back. A bit of pressure is always good, isn’t it?

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8. We yell “Mama Mia, my head is about to explode”

Well, you might not say “Mama Mia” a lot (unless you’re Italian), but that second part is most definitely something you know too well with all that is going on in your body. As if feeling dizzy and lost wasn’t enough, you also have to go through headaches, along with all the pain located elsewhere.

9. We hiss “DO NOT TOUCH ME”

Whilst several areas of your body can still look the same during “that” time, some of them can randomly become very painful if they’re touched (for numerous reasons). Fatigue, tiredness, lack of sleep, and hormones combine with that feeling like you don’t even know your own body. Every month you get scared of all the new torture tools your body will discover and use against you.

10. We feel blessed when it’s all over

It’s time to jump around because the pain has finally gone away. It may only be gone for a few hours (if you’re on painkillers); or maybe a few weeks if your period is over, but it’s gone for now and you couldn’t feel less blessed and more happy about it.

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11. We are strong… together

Women struggle once every month, in pain, blood, and mood swings. We get dizzy, lose track of time, and we are unable to focus on things. Despite this, we still manage to go through all of this without too much damage. We acknowledge every other woman, especially if she’s ever gone through any of the same struggles we’ve been through. Period pains is just one of the struggles. We are strong.

Featured photo credit: After sightseeing in Paris/Lars Plougmann via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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