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10 Instant Cures For Menstrual Cramps You Didn’t Know

10 Instant Cures For Menstrual Cramps You Didn’t Know

Most women experience some level of pain during their period. This is caused by the uterus contracting and relaxing, and the pain can last between a few hours to over a week. If you want to reduce your menstrual cramps, check out 10 proven methods to relieve the pain immediately.

1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a natural way to help relieve period pain. It is known to help reduce inflammation and soothe pain. Try a cinnamon hot chocolate to help relieve your menstrual cramps. Make hot chocolate using cocoa power or a pre-mixed brand. Stir half a teaspoon of cinnamon power and half a teaspoon of nutmeg into the freshly made hot chocolate, and add sugar to taste.

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    2. Coriander Seeds

    Coriander has been proven to relieve pain and increase blood flow. Use coriander to relieve your period pain by trying a glass of coriander water. Add 15 coriander seeds to a boiling pan of water. Keep boiling the water until it has reduced by half. Allow the drink to cool slightly before drinking.

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      3. Salmon

      Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids that help to provide menstrual relief. Try a lemon and salmon fillet as a tasty way to reduce period pain. Season the salmon fillet with lemon juice, black pepper, tarragon and olive oil in a baking tray. Cover the salmon with lemon slices and bake in the oven.

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        4. Dark chocolate

        Dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa) is the perfect treat to help with menstrual cramps – it will help your muscles to relax, quickly helping to relieve pain. If you want to use dark chocolate to help with your symptoms, consider melting dark chocolate over fruit. This combines healthy eating with period pain relief!

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          5. Calcium

          Foods that are high in calcium, such as milk, yogurt and broccoli, help to relieve muscle pain and cramps. Try relieving your period pain with a mix of yogurt and fruit, such as pineapple, strawberries and blueberries. This can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack!

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            6. Chamomile tea

            There are lots of health benefits to drinking chamomile tea, including relief from menstrual cramps. The tea contains anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to ease pain and reduce the severity of the muscle spasms in the uterus. Have a cup of chamomile tea each morning and evening to help fight period pain.

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              7. Spinach

              Leafy greens like spinach contain lots of magnesium which helps to relax the muscles. If you want to use spinach to combat your menstrual cramps, try a delicious spinach salad.

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              Chop up a whole red onion, followed by some salad tomatoes. Add the onions and tomatoes to a bowl with 8 ounces of baby spinach. Crumble feta cheese over the top, then garnish with your favorite salad dressing.

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                8. Ginger

                Ginger combats menstrual pain in lots of different ways. It helps to reduce the pain hormones in your body, and it also gives you an added boost of energy so you won’t feel as tired during the day. Try adding ginger, honey and a slice of lemon to boiling water to help with your menstrual cramps.

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                  9. Fiber

                  Excess hormones are expelled through our bowls, and without enough fiber they are reabsorbed into your body. Stay in control of your hormones by eating a fiber-packed meal. Fiber is in lots of things; fruit, vegetables, grains and beans.

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                  Try a healthy fruit salad, filled with apples, to relieve period pain.

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                    10. Garlic

                    Garlic helps to kill bacteria while reducing inflammation. If you want to use garlic to help with menstrual cramps, try a garlic tea or start to cook with garlic oil. Alternatively, cut up 2 garlic cloves and add them to a dinner sauce.

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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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