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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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