Period hacks: make your period suck less

Periods. They’re like bad guests. They visit way too often and stay for way too long. Some are bad and some are worse. They steal your food, give you cramps and make you an emotional wreck. And when you think they’re finally gone, they’re back before you know it. Of course no one deserves this kind of torture; therefore I’ll be sharing 8 period hacks that’ll make your period more bearable.

1. Exercise

Research has shown that women who exercise during their periods have less cramps and a less heavy flow. You’ll also feel less bloated, because you’re sweating and the water that makes you bloated will leave your body. Exercise also releases mood-boosting endorphins, which anecdotal evidence suggests might at least take your mind off discomfort or pain. And, a recent study revealed a correlation between higher levels of physical fitness and fewer PMS symptoms.

2. Hot water bottle

I personally cannot survive without a hot water bottle on my period. It eases the pain so much, and may be the best hack of all. Just keep it on your back or stomach or wherever you’re feeling cramps and you’ll feel much better. Research has shown that if warmth over 40 degrees Celsius is applied to the skin near to where internal pain is felt, it switches on heat receptors at the site of injury. These heat receptors in turn block the effect of chemical messengers that cause pain.

3. Drink lots of water

It’s always a good idea to stay hydrated, but it can also make your period suck less. It sounds odd, but drinking water keeps your body from retaining water and helps to avoid painful bloating during menstruation. Warm or hot water is usually better for cramps, as hot liquids increase blood flow to your skin and may relax cramped muscles.

4. Track your cycle

There are plenty of apps for tracking your period. I personally recommend Clue. These apps will remind you when your period will start, so you don’t have to find out yourself. The hard way. It’ll also show you a pattern of how you feel during your period.

5.  Eat less salt

High-sodium foods can increase already existing bloating and discomfort, so try to stay away from foods like chips, french fries, and canned foods.

6. Get distracted

Distraction is a very powerful painkiller. So in order to distract yourself from your period cramps do something that you can completely immerse yourself in and absorbs you completely.  This can be anything from exercising to a hobby.

7. Drink tea

The heat of tea will usually make you feel a lot better. Especially green tea and ginger tea can be very good for cramps. It’s also a good alternative for caffeine, which you should be avoiding during your period, since it can make you anxious and retain water.

8. Take a painkiller

If all else fails, just take a painkiller. Sometimes natural methods just won’t work, so don’t be afraid to take painkiller. Try taking an aspirin. If things get really bad you should consult your doctor. You could also try birth control.

 

Well that’s all for now, hope I was able to help you. If you have any comments or suggestions don’t be afraid to let me know in the comments below. And don’t forget to like and follow.

Isabel x

 

Image: https://vitalrecord.tamhsc.edu/9-reasons-missed-period/

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