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6 Ways to Have an Easier Period (Yes, Seriously)

Is it even possible to have an easier period? Actually, yes. We might not be able to make them a total vacation, but we CAN make it easier, healthier, and less uncomfortable in general.

Here’s a few ways that WORK:

1. Detoxify your routine: go natural. 
There’s a huge trend in going completely natural on your period, but if you’re not going to free-bleed any time soon, you can still … Trying a diva cup, thinx panties, or even just going organic with pads or tampons is a great way to go easy on your body during its most sensitive time of the month. These things might come at a premium when compared to normal period accessories, but they’re much better for your body in the long run.

2. De-bloat: steer clear of sugars & refined carbs. 
Until we find a way to make sugar and bread nutrient dense, your body will thank you to stay away from these during your period. Sugar is a well-known endocrine disrupter and won’t do you any favors, especially during this time. Bread and refined carbohydrates will leave you feeling extra bloated and that’s never fun. Stick to whole foods that come from the earth and not from a lab to reduce bloating and moodiness.

3. Get comfy: do yoga.
Duh! Something easy going with plenty of gentle twists, forward folds and child’s pose will feel like a DREAM! This is one of my favorite sequences for this exact time.

4. Lessen cramps naturally: drink tea.
Cinnamon, ginger, peppermint, and raspberry leaf (if you drink it regularly) will all help in reducing cramps and pressure if you don’t like to reach for the over-the-counter pain killers. Alternate these teas with plenty of water before you get your period and throughout, and you’ll feel a lot less discomfort.

5. Get low & turn up the heat: fix back pain/tension.
I know a lot of us get that feeling of tension & (almost) swelling sensation in our backs during this time, and one of the most glorious things you can do is yoga squats or hindi squats. It opens the hips and releases the pressure in your back. Getting into a hot shower or bath also works wonders!

6. Change your perspective. 
Is anyone else tired of me saying this about everything, or just me?! 😉 You know how I’ve called myself a closeted hippie? Well, my secret hippiness applies here too. Short of howling at the moon, I’m as hippie as they get when it comes to perspectives on periods.

This is a sacred time. It’s a seasonal shift, a release of energy, the close of one chapter and the opening of a new one. So next time you’re lying in bed lamenting your body for simply doing its job, try to appreciate all the work it’s putting in and offer it support instead of resentment.

Easier said than done sometimes, I know 😉 But next time, challenge yourself to stay in the mindset of honoring your body’s process instead of fighting against it.

Over to you! Have you created any healthy/nurturing rituals or habits during this time? Any other women out there like me and get all “OMG DIVINE FEMININE ENERGY I AM A GODDESS” during their period?!?! HAHA! #awkwardconfessionsfromerin #nowyougo

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    May 1, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Great tips! For me, changing to organic pads and tampons was one of the easiest and best things I’ve done for my period. My cramps are nowhere near as bad as they were before I made the switch!

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    May 1, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I used to mostly use organic pads in the states, but for some reason the ones I’ve bought in France have fallen apart really easily. Like if I go on a long run, they will be falling apart into pieces of cotton by the end. O_o For that reason, I switched back to the conventional ones. I would love to find an organic brand here that I liked, though. Any brand suggestions?

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      May 2, 2017 at 7:05 am

      Hi Isabelle! Ever heard of reusable pads? I absolutely love mine, you clean them in the washing machine! They come in cotton, bamboo, velvet… There are loads of companies online and my favourite is (UK based) silly panda. Have a look!

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        May 3, 2017 at 6:57 am

        I did have some reusable pads when I was a teen. Maybe I’ll give it another try. The problem is that I’m a med student, so even doing laundry once a week at the moment is a challenge, ha ha. I like the concept, and I remember they were comfortable.

  3. Pála Margrét

    Pála Margrét

    May 1, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you! What works wonders for me is yoga (twist in kneeling lunge and side angle pose are the magic makers) and drinking tea. I can get really bad cramps so it is amazing how a cup of tea or yoga can turn it all off. I’m also all for looking at this as a sacred time and I’ve been practicing that monthly now, celebrating that my period is finally regular and there must be a connection between these two. The more I love and accept my period, the more pleasant it will be.

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    May 1, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I’m a serious moon cup fan!!! $10 for unlimited use??? Sign me up!!! Plus – i have learnt so much about my cycle by being able to see what is going on down there. I know that isn’t for everyone – but I’m just one of these people that like to know everything I can about my body. It helps me to make informed choices – and I feel that should be for everyone.
    Find information on how to make this “season” easier is excellent. My current form of pain relief is a tens machine. Best ever.

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    May 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Few more things to try:
    – lemon balm tea,chamomille. tea,
    – supplementing magnesium. +vitamin B6 and zinc
    – reducing coffee intake,
    – getting enough sleep of course

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