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15 Hacks to Help Ease Period Pain

15 Hacks to Help Ease Period Pain

Those seven days of a month are like nightmares to more or less all girls/ women. Some women experience an exceptional amount of pain that can lead them to want to hide in their beds until the end of the week. Period pain is no joke.

There are ways to manage period pain

Cramps come in various forms. There are bearable pains, mildly bearable pains, and unbearable pains. During unbearable cramps, most seek the aid of medicines. Medicines are temporary solutions. There are ways you can limit period pain and get back to your regular routine, period or not.

1. Do regular exercises…

Proper exercise is crucial for everyone. When you are exercising, and especially during your period, always keep in mind that you have to be comfortable in what you are doing. Walking is one of the best exercises you can do. Walk for 20 minutes. Make sure you are sweating properly.

When you are active, you body releases dopamine, also known as the happy hormone. Dopamine increases the level of another hormone known as seratonin, which helps in to fight against stress and depression. Exercises help to maintain a healthy metabolism that can help to reduce or cease period pains. Another favorite exercise, besides walking, is swimming.

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2. …But avoid extreme exercise routines.

Simple exercises are beneficiary towards a healthy period. But rigorous exercises might bring opposite result. When you are running, or into extreme forms of activities, your body stops producing reproductive hormones. This combines with the fact that your body, during those times, undergo stress and potentially an improper diet. With extreme exercise, you are increasing the chance that you may experience delayed period with possibilities of cramps. It is always better to consult your doctor before heading towards some serious exercise routines.

3. Do not stress.

Too much stress puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on your mind and body. Anxiety and depression combine can be harmful when you are trying to conceive. Stress is directly related to infertility. The hormone that deals with fertility and period is the same. So, if one is affected due to stress, the other will automatically get influenced. It may lead to cramps, too. Next time you are suffering from anxiety, meditate, or listen to some music that will calm you. Or do something that you find relaxing.

4. Birth control pills can affect your period, too.

Sometimes, birth control pills can take opposite toll on your regularity. One of the reasons why pills are taken is to make the periods regular. But pills, at times, can take few months to adjust to the body. This can lead to irregular spotting, and cramps. If you want your body to adjust to the pills fast enough, take them regularly, and at the same time.

5. Take in calcium.

Girls and especially women need calcium because as they age, they have higher chances of suffering from osteoporosis. Soon-to-be-mothers, and breastfeeding mothers require more calcium to prevent weak bones and tooth decay. It is recommended to take 1200mg of calcium per day.

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6. You also need Omega-3.

Besides calcium, if your body gets sufficient amount of omega-3, then it will help to ease your period pain. Why? It is because fatty acids are important to help prevent the frequency of your period symptoms. This means, regular intake of omega-3 can actually help you to overcome cramps. You can take omega-3 pills, or opt for more natural ones found in nuts, fish, and avocado.

7. Drink plenty of water.

H2O is crucial for our metabolism. It is also crucial in cutting down on your excess food intake. Drinking water helps in keeping your body clean. Staying hydrated is a key point in easing down your pain. It keeps you away from those bloating feelings, as well as fatigue.

8. Keep your weight in check.

Weight is another key hack in keeping your pain at bay. Ask your doctor what your correct weight is according to your height. If you are overweight, there is a risk of irregular period, heavy flow, pains, and long-lasting ones. Excess body fats raise the estrogen level which can affect ovaries from releasing eggs.

On the other hand, being underweight will stop producing estrogen at all. Correct level of estrogen constructs the uterine linings, that helps in your period.

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9. Healthy diet is essential.

Keeping up your healthy diet can be a challenge for you during your period. With the hormones going haywire, and affecting your mood, and mind, you would want to eat anything but healthy. It may sound challenging, but if you keep your balance diet intact, you may have an easy period.

10. Say no to waxing.

Funny enough, there is no scientific explanation as to how waxing is related to period pain. Just because you are likely experiencing pain on your bikini line, you will find yourself experiencing double pain with waxing and your period happening all at once. Just put it off until another time…

11. Go for hot water therapy.

If you have cramps that you think will increase over time, do not wait till escalates. Go for hot water therapy. Pour bearable hot water in your hot water bottle, and apply on your lower abdomen. The water will help the blood to run clot free, as well as cramp free. In fact, according to many doctors, hot water therapy works equivalent to pain killers.

12. Eat dark chocolate.

Another period hack is eating dark chocolate. Dark chocolate are always better than milk or white chocolate. The sugar is low, and one bar of dark choc is stacked with nutrients. Losing blood during menstruation decreases magnesium in the body. Dark chocolate rise the magnesium level. Also, it is a mood lifter. So, if you are suffering from mood swing, indulge in some dark chocs and see the difference by yourself!

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13. Avoid poor sleep.

You are a busy person, working around the clock. No matter how engaged you are in your daily activities, you require sufficient amount of sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in our metabolism. Also, lack of sleep makes us tired, cranky, and demoralized. This, especially, happens during our period. Women tend to sleep less. It doesn’t matter how much you are feeling uncomfortable, or worried about staining. Simply put on some music and go to sleep. It is something that can help you avoid your cramps, too.

14. Track your dates.

This is also important. By tracking down your dates, you know exactly when to expect your period, and in that manner, you get to prepare yourself from before. By preparing, I mean all the points mentioned above: eating healthy food, done with your waxing, adding omega-3, calcium (you should do this regularly, though), drinking plenty of water, and most importantly, carrying pads in your bag.

15. Be happy.

Being happy can be an arduous task during your period. But if you want, you can combat your mood swings before they can even knock at your door. Try to enjoy your day-to-day activities, no matter how tedious and boring they are, try to appreciate the tiniest things in life. Get lost in nature once a while. Arrange a get together. Once you are happy, and active, you won’t suffer from cramps, and mood swings. Even if you have slight cramps, they won’t bother you because you have other vital things in life.

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Last Updated on January 15, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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