We all know how important self-care is, but I believe being extra compassionate to ourselves is essential for self care during our period.
You know how periods can be such a rollercoaster of emotions, cramps, and cravings? Yeah, me too.So it’s really the perfect time for some much-needed self-care!
In today’s post, I’ll share some practical and empowering tips to manage cramps, boost your mood, and prioritize your period self care. Let’s go!
Why Self-Care Matters During Your Period
It is simple; our bodies are going through a lot during this time, so what better time to show ourselves some extra love and attention?
Plus, a little self-care can go a long way in helping us feel better physically and emotionally.
Listen to Your Body
First, always pay attention to what your body tells you during your period. If you feel exhausted and need to stay in bed, please do. Don’t try to push yourself. So, when your energy levels are low, allow yourself to slow down and focus on self-care.
Try Some Holistic Self-Care Techniques
If you’re looking for more holistic self-care tips, there are so many helpful techniques to try. For example, aromatherapy can be great for reducing cramps and period-related stress; Surround yourself with soothing scents like lavender, eucalyptus, or chamomile.
Essential oils or candles will create a perfect calming environment! while meditation is an excellent way to relax your mind and body.
Mindful meditation and deep breathing exercises are excellent ways to relax the mind and body.
Take a break, find a comfy spot, and let your mind wander.
Embrace Your Emotions
Feel all the feels and give yourself a big ol’ hug. You’re doing great, and you deserve love and compassion!
Accepting your emotions and being kind to yourself is essential during this time. So take it slow and be gentle with yourself during your period. You may get cranky and snap, but don’t be too hard on yourself.
Try Creative Outlets
Express yourself through journaling, painting, or singing your heart out. Find an activity that allows you to express yourself, and see how it makes you feel.
Take time for yourself and embrace this time of the month; connect with your body and the natural cycles of life. Tune into what your body needs, and give it all the love and attention it deserves.
Hydration is Key
Drinking water is something I always remind myself to do, but it’s especially important during your period. Staying hydrated can help reduce bloating, fight fatigue, and even alleviate cramps. Sip on water infused with fruit or herbal tea to keep things interesting.
I’m currently loving Twinings Herbal Tea Variety Pack. The flavors are delicious, and they’re caffeine-free, so they won’t mess with your sleep.
Also, keep a water bottle close by and ensure you’re sipping away throughout the day. Try adding lemon or cucumber slices for a refreshing twist!
Treat Yourself (But Keep It Balanced)
I’m not going to lie; I’ve had my fair share of period cravings, especially when aunt flo visits; hello, chocolate! So It’s totally fine to indulge in your favorite comfort foods but just try not to go overboard. Enjoy that sweet treat or savory snack, but ensure you get plenty of fruits, veggies, and lean proteins.
Get Moving (When It Feels Right)
Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when on your period, but the truth is, it can actually help you feel better. Exercising and moving your body releases endorphins, which are like nature’s painkillers.
So, on those days when the period has you down, try incorporating exercise in your day. What I do is I like to go for a gentle walk, practice yoga, or even do a light workout. Remember to listen to your body at all times.
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep!
I can’t stress enough how important sleep is for overall well-being, especially during your period. Make it a priority to get eight hours of sleep each night during my period, and you’ll feel so much better!
Set up a bedtime routine, make your sleep environment comfy, and try to minimize distractions. Keep your phone away and let your body rest.
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One of my favorite things to do during my period is to treat myself to a little pampering. Whether it’s a warm bath, a nourishing face mask, or even an at-home spa day, these self-care rituals can help you feel more relaxed and rejuvenated.
There’s nothing quite like sinking into a warm bath when you’re feeling crampy and bloated. So add some Epsom salts or a bath bomb and soak the pain away. I’m obsessed with Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt. It smells divine and helps soothe my aching muscles.
Treat yourself to a mini spa sesh with your favorite face mask or some rejuvenating skincare. I’ve been loving the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask lately. it smells like watermelon and leaves my skin feeling oh-so-smooth.
Connect with Your Support System
Sometimes, all we need during our period is a little emotional support. I’ve found that chatting with friends or family members who understand what I’m going through can be really comforting.
Reach out to friends, and family, or even join an online community to share your period woes and find comfort in knowing you’re not alone. 💖
Get Lost in a Good Book or Your Favorite Show
Sometimes, all we need is a little escape from reality. So curl up with a good book or binge-watch your favorite show to take your mind off the monthly madness. And don’t forget the snacks!
Practice Mindfulness or Meditation
Taking a few moments to practice mindfulness or meditation can help you feel more relaxed and connected with your body during your period. If you’re new to meditation, try using an app like Headspace. They have a great selection of guided meditations, including some specifically designed for PMS and period pain relief.
These self-care tips have been game-changers for me during my period, and I hope they’ll help you too. Remember, your period is a natural process, and taking care of yourself during this time is essential.
Be kind to yourself and give these tips a try! I’d love to hear about your experiences and self-care tips during your period. Share your thoughts in the comments below. I hope these tips help you find relief and joy during your period!
Jess is a designer, writer and womens wellness advocate. She believes that each of us have our own unique experiences and stories to share to educate and uplift one another.