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Alternatives For Conventional Pads And Tampons That Will Awe You

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 Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

          How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

          Possessing strong communication skills will help you in every phase of your life. This is especially true in the workplace.

          I have personally worked with several leaders who were masters of communication. A few were wonderful speakers who could tell a great story and get everyone in the room engaged. Those of us in attendance would walk away feeling inspired and eager to help with what came next. Others were very skilled at sharing a clear direction and job expectations.

          I knew exactly what was expected of me and how to achieve my goals. This was the foundation of an energized and vibrant role I was in. What I have found is strong communication skills are incredibly helpful and sometimes critical in how well we perform at work.

          Here we will take a look at how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

          How Communication Skills Help Your Success

          Strong communication skills pave the way for success in many ways. Let’s look at a few of the big ones.

          Create a Positive Experience

          Here are two examples of how well developed communication skills helps create a positive experience:

          When I first moved to the city I now live in, I began a job search. Prior to my first live interview, I was told an address to go to. Upon arriving at the address provided, I drove around and around attempting to find the location. After 15 minutes of circling and looking for the address, I finally grabbed a parking spot and set out on foot.

          What I discovered was the address was actually down an alley and only had the number over the door. No sign for the actual company. The person that gave me those very unclear directions provided a bad experience for me.

          Had they communicated the directions to get there in a clear manner, my experience would have been much better. Instead the entire experience started off poorly and colored the entire meeting.

          As a recruiter, I frequently provide potential candidates with information about a job I’m speaking to them about. In order to do this, I also provide a picture of the overall company, the group they might be joining, and how their role fits in and impacts the entire company.

          Time and time again I have been told by candidates that I have provided the clearest picture of a company and role they have ever heard. They have a positive experience when I clearly communicate to them. Even when the position does not work out for them, often times they will want to stay in touch with me due to the open communication and beneficial experience they had during the interviewing process.

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          Strong communication skills will provide a positive experience in virtually any interaction you have with someone.

          Help Leadership Skills

          It’s certainly a skill all its own to be able to lead others.

          Being a mentor and guiding others towards success is a major hallmark of great leaders. Another characteristic of effective leaders is the ability to communicate clearly.

          As I referenced above, having a leader who can plainly articulate the company’s mission and direction goes a really long way towards being the Captain of the boat that others want to follow. It’s like saying “here’s our destination and this is how we are going to get there” in a way that everyone can get on board with.

          Another critical component of everyone helping to sail the boat in the right direction is knowing what your portion is all about. How are you helping the boat move towards its destination in the manner than is consistent with the leaders’ vision?

          If you have a boss or a manager that can show you what it takes for not only you to be successful, but also how your performance helps the company’s success then you’ve got a winner. A boss with superior communication skills.

          Build Better Teams

          Most of us work in teams of some sort or another. During the course of my career, I have led teams up to 80 and also been an individual contributor.

          In my individual contributor roles, I have been part of a larger team. Even if you are in business for yourself, you have to interact with others in one manner or another.

          If you have strong communication skills, it helps to build better teams. This is true whether you are in an IT department with 100 other fellow programmers or if you own your own business and have customers or vendors you communicate with.

          When you showcase your robust ability to communicate well with others while interacting with them, you are building a better team.

          Now let’s jump in to how to improve communication skills to help you pave the way for your workplace success.

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          How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

          There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to improve communication skills. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so let’s focus on the things that will provide the biggest return on your time investment.

          Most of these tips will be fairly easy to become aware of but will take time and effort to implement. So let’s go!

          1. Listen

          Ever heard the saying you have two ears and one mouth for a reason? If you haven’t, then here’s the reason:

          Being a good listener is half the equation to being a good communicator.

          People who have the ability to really listen to someone can then actually answer questions in a meaningful way. If you don’t make the effort to actively listen, then you are really doing yourself and the other person a disservice in the communication department.

          Know that person who is chomping at the bit to open his or her mouth the second you stop talking? Don’t be that person. They haven’t listened to at least 1/2 of what you’ve said. Therefore the words that spill out of their mouth are going to be about 1/2 relevant to what you just said.

          Listen to someone completely and be comfortable with short periods of silence. Work on your listening skills first and foremost.

          2. Know Your Audience

          Knowing your audience is another critical component to having strong communication skills. The way you interact with your manager should be different than how you interact with your kids. This isn’t to say you need to be a different person with everyone you interact with. Far from it.

          Here is a good way to think about it:

          Imagine using your the same choice of words and body language you use with your spouse while interacting with your boss. That puts things in a graphic light!

          You want to ensure you are using the type of communication most relevant to your audience.

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          3. Minimize

          I have lunch with a business associate about 3 times a year. We’ve been talking for several years now about putting a business deal together.

          He is one of those people that simply overwhelms others with a lot of words. Sometimes when I ask him a question, I get buried beneath such an avalanche of words that I’m more confused than when I asked the question. Needless to say this is most likely a large portion of why we never put the deal together.

          Don’t be like my lunch business associate. The goal of talking to or communicating with someone is to share actual information. The goal is not to confuse someone, it’s to provide clarity in many cases.

          State what needs to be stated as succinctly as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some pleasant conversation about the weather too.

          The point is to not create such an onslaught of words and information that the other person walks away more confused than when they started.

          4. Over Communicate

          So this probably sounds completely counter intuitive to what I just wrote about minimizing your communication. It seems like it might be but it’s not.

          What I mean by over communicating is ensuring that the other person understands the important parts of what you are sharing with them. This can be done simply yet effectively. Here’s a good example:

          Most companies have open enrollment for benefits for the employees in the fall. The company I work for has open enrollment from November 1 to 15. The benefits department will send out a communication to all employees around October 1st, letting them know open enrollment is right around the corner and any major changes that year. There’s also a phone number and email for people to contact them with any questions.

          Two weeks later, we all get a follow up email with basically the same information. We get a 3rd communication the week before open enrollment and another one 1 day before it starts.

          Finally we get 2 emails during enrollment reminding us when open enrollment ends.

          There’s minimal information, it’s more of a reminder. This is effective over communication.

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          5. Body Language

          The final critical component to how to improve communication skills for workplace success is body language. This is something most of us have heard about before but, a reminder is probably a good idea.

          When I am in a meeting with someone I am comfortable with, I tend to kind of slouch down in my chair and cross my arms. When I catch myself doing this, I sit up straight and uncross my arms. I remember that crossing arms can many times be interpreted as a sign of disagreement or conflict.

          In general, the best rule of thumb is to work towards having open body language whenever possible at work. This means relaxing your posture, not crossing your arms, and looking people in the eye when speaking with them.

          When you are speaking in front of others, stand up straight and speak in a clear voice. This will convey confidence in your words.

          Conclusion

          Possessing strong communication skills will help you in many facets of your life and most certainly in the workplace.

          Good communication helps create better teams, positive experiences with those we interact with, and are critical for leadership.

          There are numerous tactics and techniques to be used to improve communication skills. Here we’ve reviewed how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

          Now go communicate your way to success.

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