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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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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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