Happy Period? Sounds like a joke, right? To all the girls who suffer from Cramps, Mood Swings, Pimples, and what not, will definitely say that Happy Period is a utopian scenario!
A woman goes through it all every month. No use crying over it. Instead we have summarized a few tips to make you feel comfortable and happy during your period.
1. Take a warm shower
A warm shower helps you reduce period cramps. It will help you to minimize the disgust due to sanitary napkins, tampons or menstrual cup. It will instantly out you in relaxed mood!
2. Eat healthy
From feeling nauseated, to craving for a particular food, a menstruating woman experiences it all during her period. It is very difficult to really define what kind of food a person would prefer to eat, thanks to the hormones.
However, Inflammation can result in an increased level of cramps and pain, thus no matter how hard it is, avoiding processed food, salty food and the one that has high sugar content is recommended. Besides these, food made up of white flour like bread, pasta is a strict NO. It can cause instant period related bloating and unwanted weight gain.
Studies suggest that eating lots of fruits, vegetables and nuts help relieve cramps and menstrual pain. Anaemia is a common occurrence due to heavy loss of blood in some women, for them especially indulging in food which is in rich iron like, dark chocolate, spinach, oyster, beans and lentils is advised.
Whether on periods or not, staying hydrated always makes one feel better. Drinking plenty of water can help you uplift your mood and energize you. And how can one stay away from coffee? Caffeine in small amounts can boost your energy level and give a boost to your creative and productive side.
Exercising is probably the last thing that you want to do during your period. Totally agreed! But Exercising release endorphins and endorphins make you happy. So, just take a light walk or light cardio. This could really make you feel better by increasing your blood flow and reduce bloating. You can also go for basic stretching exercises – Forward bends, twists. If you don’t feel like stretching, lift light weights. Oh wait, did you know Dancing is also counted as exercise? So, turn the music on and dance to your heart’s desire
Try basic yoga stretches that relax your muscles associated with your abdomen and reproductive system.
• Head to knee pose: It will help you relieve anxiety, fatigue, headaches and menstrual cramps
• Inverted Leg pose: It improves blood circulation. Helps you focus and be more productive (Much needed during periods).
• Child’s position: If you suffer from muscle and joint aches during menstruation, this pose is a boon.
5. Massage your abdomen
It relaxes your muscles and helps you in relieving menstrual pain and cramps.
6. Get good sleep
Take short naps during the day if needed and have a sound sleep during night.
7. Be Happy
Most important of all keep yourself in a good mood. Listen to music, paint, hang out with friends or treat yourself at a fine dine. Do whatever you like. Pamper yourself!
Periods are a time of emotions for many women. And let's not forget the people surrounding them too. We all have heard a lot of stories about periods and talked about them in our social groups too.
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