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3 Effective Ways To Prevent Menstrual Pain

3 Effective Ways To Prevent Menstrual Pain

Menstrual pain is something that most women face every month. While some may have it easy, a majority of us suffer from intense cramps that make it impossible to work, play or even relax.

While severe period cramps (called dysmenorrhea) isn’t a sign of a health disorder for which you can visit a doctor and easily fix, it messes up our lives in very big and unpleasant ways. However, despite living in the 21st century, there isn’t a fool proof medicine to quickly alleviate all the intense period pain. But this doesn’t mean there is no hope.

Each of us is different and what works for one person may not work for another. Take a look at these three proven ways to combat period pain and stick to the one that works best for you.

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1. Pop In A Pain Killer:

Contrary to popular belief, taking regular medicine to cope with the pain won’t harm your body or have adverse side effects.

Go for a moderate use of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID), such as ibuprofen or naproxen. You can also go for birth control pills. However, before trying anything new, keep in mind that oral contraceptives DO have side-effects and it’s best to consult a doctor before choosing a pill based on your prior experience and medical history. In other words, don’t self-diagnose without research.

2. Exercise Your Way To Health:

Exercise releases endorphins, the ‘happy hormones’. Endorphins are also released during an orgasm. The thing is, keeping your mood cheerful is your best way to beat period pain. So you might want to give working out a chance.

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However, the thought of exercise might not be pleasant during intense menstrual pain in which case you can take a break during the bleeding phase but incorporate it in your otherwise daily or weekly routine . Once exercise becomes a habit, endorphins will be released on a regular basis minimizing the pain.

In fact as per research that was published in the Journal of Physiotherapy, both aerobic and stretching exercises helped decrease menstrual cramps in 105 students selected for the study.

3. Try Alternative Medicine:

You have a wealth of options here and you can try them individually to see which one works the best. Traditionally, herbal tea has always been the best bet, but you can also try out essential oils as well.

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Make a mini relaxation haven in your home by brewing herbal tea using cramp bark. To overcome menstrual cramps, try massaging yourself with a specific concoction of essential oils  such as lavender, clary sage and marjoram in a 2-1-1 ratio and creating a beautiful atmosphere using a multi-purpose aromatic diffuser.

In addition to this, you can also turn to Chinese herbs as well and use them in the tea. Dong Gui or ‘female ginseng’ is particularly suitable if you’ve recently stopped taking birth control. Meanwhile, if you do not like tea you can go for a special soup called the ‘Four Substance Decoction’ which contains the crucial medicinal herb ‘Chuan Xiong’. If you have liver problems ‘Bai Shao’ or the white peony root is your best bet. You can also try other herbs such as ‘Yi Mu Cao’ and ‘Yan Hu Suo’. Mix and match to see which herbal combination works best for you.

Conclusion

Menstrual pain is definitely a bother, but don’t let it take over your life.

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Remember that what happens every month is a natural, beautiful bodily process and since it’s your body, you can definitely take charge and do something to make the process less painful. So keep trying till you find the ideal remedy that beats the pain and don’t forget to share the information with your friends!

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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.

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