Let’s talk about self-care during your period. A menstrual cycle is something very natural and healthy, but it can also be very difficult or an uncomfortable time of the month. You must practice self-care during this time no matter how you get your menstrual cycle.
The important thing in practicing self-care, in general, is knowing what works for you. Everybody is different, and every woman can get her period in a very different way. So, take time to find out which self-care tips work the best for you during your period.
What I also like to mention is that you should never feel weak, strange, or whatever if you are experiencing your menstrual cycle in a much heavier, uncomfortable, or painful way than others. For example, some women get very painful cramps during their period, while others are done with their period in less than a week, and barely feel any cramps.
And that is okay, we are all unique.
To practice self-care during your period is to help you go through these days, with more ease and comfort. To help you feel healthy and stable. Periods are not a joke, I mean you are bleeding for days and your hormones can be all over the place.
Give your body the care it needs.
Now let’s get into it. Find out which of these tips work the best for you to practice self-care during your period.
Drink enough water, maybe even more than you usually do. Drinking enough water on your period can help you have fewer or less painful cramps. It can also help with your flow and make your cycle move more quickly. Drinking enough water can help to prevent your blood from thickening.
2. Find the right sanitary products for you
This is so important because feeling comfortable during this time of the month can make a huge difference. Try out different products to see what works best for you. You have menstrual cups, pads, tampons, period underwear, and more. Explore some of them and see what works for you.
3. Rest enough
I can’t stress this enough. Your body is doing a lot of work during your period and losing blood is a big deal. If you don’t rest enough, you can experience more pain, crankiness and it can also take a toll on your mental health. So, don’t feel guilty if you sleep or just lie down a bit more than usual.
4. Avoid lifting heavy things
The strength to lift things comes from your core. By lifting heavy things, you will put more pressure on your core and your core can be a bit fragile during this time of the month. Lifting heavy things can worsen cramps, backaches, or worse. So as a form of self-care, avoid those things, ask someone for help.
5. Shower more often
For better hygiene and fresher feeling, it is a good form of self-care if you shower more often and wash your vagina more often than normal. It might also be possible that you feel hotter than normal during this time. You can get sweatier and just feel uncomfortable. Make sure you shower more often than normal to feel and smell fresh. This can have a great impact on your mood.
6. Eat the right food
I know you might get some cravings before and or during your menstrual cycle. But be sure you don’t eat the types of food that worsen your cramps. This might differ from one person to another, so make sure you find out what works for you. Some bad choices of food can be; too much salt or sugar, spicy food, alcohol, coffee, or foods that you don’t handle well.
Instead, eat some of these foods that can be great for when you are on your period; water-rich fruits, chicken, fish, leafy greens, dark chocolate, nuts, and drink some tea.
7. Exercise lightly if possible
Exercising during your period can help uplift your mood and ease some of the complaints. You don’t have to, and probably shouldn’t be doing any heavy exercises. But try getting on an exercise bike and cycle a little bit or go for a walk. Exercising has a lot of benefits and they are also helpful during this time of the month. Just make sure that you don’t overload your body.
8. Warm-up your abdomen and back
You can do this by using a heating pad or a hot water bottle. Place these on your lower abdomen or lower back. You can also ask someone to rub your lower back. This can make cramps and backaches less painful. You can also try taking warm showers.
9. Breathing exercise
Period cramps can be terrible and, finding a way to be able to handle them can be very helpful. I found that doing breathing exercises can help you to make the pain a bit bearable at some times. Try some simple breathing exercises to be calmer, relieve stress, and make your cramps a bit bearable. I explained some breathing exercises in this blog here. You can also use the calm app for breathing exercises.
10. If needed take your painkillers
A lot of people don’t like painkillers and neither do I, but sometimes they are needed. I take in painkillers when my cramps are just too heavy to handle. Period cramps can be very heavy sometimes and I think that there is nothing wrong with taking painkillers once in a while. Your body can only endure so much. Make sure you ask your doctor which painkillers are the safest and best for you. Also, do your research and see which works best for you.
11. Do something that makes you happy
During your period, you can sometimes be in a bad mood or feeling down or irritated. That is normal, it can be caused by your hormones or by your cramps, or by both. You can uplift your mood by doing something you like, something you enjoy. It doesn’t have to be something big, just the simple things that make you happy.
12. Wear comfortable clothes and underwear
It is so important that you feel as comfortable as possible, which means having underwear that supports your abdomen, but is also breathable and comfortable. The same goes for your clothing. Maybe stay off the high heels and the very tight jeans.
And that was it. 12 helpful tips to practice self-care during your period. I hope you find these helpful and that they can help you to feel comfortable and better during your menstrual cycle. And again, see what works for you.
If you have any other great tips about self-care during your period feel free to leave them in the comments, I would love to read about them.