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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 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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