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Alternatives For Conventional Pads And Tampons That Will Awe You

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Alternatives For Conventional Pads And Tampons That Will Awe You

Ladies, I don’t think I have to tell you how uncomfortable tampons feel when you first insert them, and I’m pretty sure you already know how gross it feels to wear a pad all day. Can’t mother nature just give us a call and let us know that we’re not pregnant? What did we ever do to deserve awful menstrual cycles every month?

Well, since we can’t get rid of our period, we might as well deal with it in a more pleasant way. There are so many different alternatives to conventional pads and tampons that you’ve probably never heard of! It’s never too late to start something new, though!

Cloth pads

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    While cloth pads resemble the shape of a conventional pad, they’re completely different. You won’t feel cotton while wearing these bad boys, and they’re super comfortable. It’ll feel like you’re sitting on a cloud all day! Don’t let the fun designs fool you into thinking these are for children, either.

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    You can purchase these lifesavers at GladRags for about $100. Yikes! They’re a bit pricey, but what’s more important to you? Your money or feeling comfortable during your tough periods?

    The downside to these is that the clean up process is quite messy. After a few hours, you have to change out your cloth pad for a new one. To clean your used pad, you must soak it in soapy water, wring it out, and let it dry. This can be quite a process (especially if you’re at work all day and don’t want to carry around a wet pad). If you can overlook that minor downfall, these will bring you so much joy and comfort.

    Pros of using cloth pads:

    • You’ll feel like you’re sitting on a cloud while wearing these.
    • There are so many cute designs you can choose from.
    • They’re available for girls who wear thongs, too!

    Cons of using cloth pads:

    • If you go too long without cleaning these, the blood will leak through to your pants.
    • They don’t stick to your underwear (so they might slide up and down the panty line).
    • They’re not the cheapest alternative.

    Menstrual Cups

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      Many women are using menstrual cups (and for good reasons, too)! They’re easier to use than your average tampon and cost about $34 on Amazon. You’re able to use these cups for years (if you clean them properly) and fit like a glove! You won’t even realize that they’re inside of you, they’re so comfortable. The only downside to this alternative is that you’re going to have to see (and pour) your menstrual blood. If you’re okay with this, what are you waiting for? Go order these! Have your period in peace.

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      Pros of using menstrual cups:

      • You can use these cups for years (if you take good care of them).
      • They’re super comfortable and easy to insert.
      • They’re pricey (but worth the $34).

      Cons of using menstrual cups:

      • If you wait too long to pour the blood, it will overflow and cause a huge mess.
      • The clean-up process is messy and it’s uncomfortable for some girls to clean these in public.
      • Unless you have your period schedule down to a T, you’ll have a bloody mess on the first day.

      Padded Panties

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        If you’ve had your period for four to five days, you assume that it’s over. However, your period has a way of creeping up on you at the worst times, resulting in stained panties. If you’re super unlucky, they’ll be your favorite ones.

        Don’t fret, though! You can order padded panties from LunaPads! They’ll cost you anywhere from $29 to $33 (depending on the style you want). You’re able to choose from bikinis, briefs, and thongs. These period panties are so comfortable, you’ll want to wear them even when you don’t have your period. Go ahead, we won’t judge!

        Pros to wearing padded panties:

        • They’re just like underwear!
        • The stains wash off easily.
        • They’re so comfortable that you’ll want to wear them all the time.

        Cons to wearing padded panties:

        • They’re a little bit expensive. Not everyone wants to pay $29 for one pair of panties.
        • You have to soak these in warm water to clean them. This could be a disaster if you’re at work and feel uncomfortable doing this in the bathroom. Plus, you’ll have to carry the wet panties in your purse until you get home.
        • They’re known to have an odor after a few hours.

        Sea Sponge Tampons

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          If you’re hooked on tampons (but hate the feeling of cotton) these are for you. Sea sponge tampons may look a little weird (and you might not want to use them at first) but they’re so comfortable. If you give them a chance, you’ll fall in love and never want to use an ordinary tampon again.

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          You can purchase these from Jade & Pearl and they’ll cost you anywhere from $11 to $27 depending on the size. They’re reusable for three to six months (depending on how well you clean them) and they’re harvested right from the ocean!

          However, these can be a pain in the butt if you’re at a public bathroom. You have to take them out and rinse them off ever few hours, and bringing one of these out of the stall with you to rinse off will not only be extremely embarrassing but also kind of gross to others.

          Pros to sea sponge tampons:

          • They’re extremely comfortable. You’ll feel little to no discomfort while wearing these.
          • They’re all natural! No harmful chemicals inside of these sea sponges!
          • They’re not super expensive. Most tampons can run anywhere from $5 – $15, whereas you can purchase one of these for $11.

          Cons of sea sponge tampons:

          • If you don’t clean these properly, there’s a strong possibility that they’ll grow mold (both inside of the sponge and out).
          • It’s hard to clean these if you’re in public.
          • A lot of people feel uneasy putting a sea sponge inside of them (can you blame them, though?).

          After reading this article, what are you going to choose? Will you stick with the conventional pads and tampons or venture out and try something new? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to share this with your friends and family, too!

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          How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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          How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

          You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

          Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

          Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

          Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

          1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

          According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

          “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

          Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

          Warming up

          If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

          If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

          Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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          1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
          2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
          3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

          Stay hydrated

          Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

          To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

          Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

          Meditate

          Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

          Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

          Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

          Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

          2. Focus on your goal

          One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

          Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

          Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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          Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

          If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

          3. Convert negativity to positivity

          There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

          ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

          It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

          Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

          Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

          Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

          4. Understand your content

          Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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          However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

          “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

          Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

          Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

          One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

          5. Practice makes perfect

          Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

          In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

          Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

          6. Be authentic

          There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

          Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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          Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

          To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

          With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

          Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

          7. Post speech evaluation

          Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

          Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

          We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

          You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

          Improve your next speech

          As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

          Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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          • How did I do?
          • Are there any areas for improvement?
          • Did I sound or look stressed?
          • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
          • Was I saying “um” too often?
          • How was the flow of the speech?

          Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

          If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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