11 Ways To Make Yourself Feel Better On Your Period

Oh, periods.

They give us cramps, cause major mood swings and make it harder for us to sleep. We’re just not massive fans, really.

But we’ve got one up on Mother Nature, because we know EXACTLY how to make those period-filled days a little more bearable.

Check out these super-useful hacks…

1) Take a long shower

The hot water will help soothe the pain of cramps. It’ll also make you feel way cleaner after faffing around with tampons and sanitary towels.

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2) Pop a hot water bottle on your stomach

This will get the blood flowing to your abdomen, which scientists say can have the same effect as painkillers for up to an hour. AMAZING

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3) Indulge in calcium-rich foods

Eating milk and yoghurt just before and at the start of your cycle will help relieve cramp symptoms and food cravings.

Also pop a banana in your lunch box. They contain serotonin, which reduces moodiness (your co-workers will be thankful).

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4) Buy a massive bar of dark chocolate

Partially because you deserve it. Partially because a 70% cacao bar can help you regain magnesium, which you lose during your time of the month.

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See: You Won’t Believe How Much We Spend On Our Periods

5) Cook with complex carbohydrates

Fruit and vegetables should get rid of sugar cravings.

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6)
Drink lots of water

This will assist your body in releasing water retention, giving you respite from bloating.

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7) Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine

These are all stimulants, which will encourage your muscles to contract and cause discomfort.

We DEFINITELY can’t deal with any more of that right now.

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8) Have sex

It might be the last thing you feel like doing, but orgasms cause a surge in both oxytocin and endorphins.

This can ease PMS and cramps. Winner.

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9) Take a yoga class

The bow pose puts pressure on the abdomen, relieving constipation and pain. It can also help to get rid of tiredness and stress.

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See: An Open Letter To My Period

10) Have an early night

The National Sleep Foundation says 30% of women complain about a lack of sleep while menstruating.

Feeling tired and cranky is NOT the way to power through your period, so put down that to-do list and get tucked up. A drop of lavender oil on your pillow should help you drop off more easily.

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11) Steer clear of salt

Say no to that fish and chips! Salt can make you retain too much water, causing you to bloat.

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So there you have it. Happy periods, ladies.