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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 September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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