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