Let’s be real. That 7-day, mojo-killer that comes every month is brutal. And while some of us are lucky to have minor cramps and occasional fatigue, the rest of us are stuck with a face full of acne, bloating, irritability, and cramps that feel like they might actually kill us. Thankfully, there are some period hacks to ease the pain so that we can continue our days and enjoy our lives. Check out these tips to avoid discomfort during your next period.
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1. Use a Heating Pad
Probably the most traditional and most effective of the bunch. Did you know cramps are actually a contraction of muscles? Using a heating pad on your lower abdomen helps get the blood flowing and reduces cramping, ultimately causing less pain.
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2. Eat Some Dark Chocolate
Due to the loss of blood, you’re losing a ton of magnesium. However, there is a ton of magnesium in chocolate! But be careful, caffeine and sugar can actually make periods worse. When purchasing chocolate, make sure it’s 70% dark cacao or higher and that there is no added sugars or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
3. Drink Lots of Water
There’s more to periods than painful cramping. Bloating and fatigue is a major part of period life, but most of this is caused by the loss of water and severe dehydration. By drinking as much water as possible, you will actually avoid water retention and increase your energy levels.
4. Take Vitamin E or Primrose Oil
Primrose is actually for the PMS (another joy of menstrual cycles) and Vitamin E is best on your period. Primrose helps fight against the symptoms that come along with PMS while Vitamin E not only helps period pain but reduces heavy flow.
5. Try Lavender Scented Oil, Candles or Aromatherapy
Your mood is also a big one. Your hormones are influx which leads your moods to swing from happy to sad to angry and back again. Lavender scents have been known to ease stress and tension and replace those ugly vibes with a calming feeling.
6. Say No to Caffeine
Caffeine may do wonders for your energy that you seem to be lacking on your period, but it seriously impacts your PMS and your period. Caffeine has been known to raise estrogen levels, which makes your symptoms even worse! Which means no delicious, 13-syllable lattes, no sodas and no processed sugars. If you absolutely have to have caffeine, try some green tea to get you through this devastating time.
7. Sleep More
We’re really just saying that so you can hide from life right? Well yes, but no. It’s been proven that while on their periods, 30% of women get less sleep due to their entire body clock being out of whack. So make sure to sleep longer or go to bed earlier to avoid being a cranky mess.
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