Period pains, amirite?
I know a lot of people who don’t understand how I can be so period positive when cramps are a thing of evil.
“Tara, can’t I just be period neutral?” Of course you can! To me, being period positive means speaking about menstruation openly and honestly. I feel positive about my period because I feel better afterwards. But I realise this isn’t the case for everyone.
If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you would have seen that I’ve wanted to start a period advice series for a while now. The awesome Roisi suggested I write about how to deal with our periods in certain situations such as the gym, on holiday, on a night out and so on and thus a feature was born! I’ll be covering all of those things but for now, due to popular demand, here are some tips on how to handle bad period pains.
Have a good cry
I’m all about embracing my emotions. There is this bizarre stigma behind crying and I’m not here for it. Sometimes a good cry is all we need! It’s not healthy to have pend up emotions. Think about it. If you’re struggling to deal with the pain, how can you cope if you’re trying to keep it together on top of that?
Indulge whilst you’re on your period!
We need to listen to our bodies when we’re on our periods, especially if we want it to be bearable. I don’t know about you but when it’s Shark Week, I am craving all of the sex and all of the food. I don’t think we should be depriving ourselves of something that is going to make us feel better! There is literally science behind why we crave chocolate. Don’t feel bad. When in doubt, always have the chocolate.
Do something to take your mind off it
As much as I love to wallow and feel sorry for myself, I always feel better when I’m doing something. When I’m on my period, I alternate between different energies. Sometimes all I want to do is lie down and cry, whilst other times I am completely restless. With so many extra hormones during your moon time, I need to be doing something! Whether it’s reading a book, watching tv, or going for a walk, I always try to do something. Sometimes I’m at my most creative when I’m menstruating. Study your cycle and make a note of your moods to gain a better understanding of your needs.
Heat pads are such a miracle, especially when you’re trying to sleep at night and can’t take painkillers. There’s also nothing better than a hot bath when you’re in pain.
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Any tips I missed? What works for you? Let me know if the comments section below!