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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.

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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