Oh no it’s that time of the month again. Yesterday you were scream-crying at your boyfriend because he commented that he didn’t like your hair style. Today you have been having achy twinges in your pelvic region all day long and a dull headache. There is a massive pimple blistering under the skin of your nose and you feel emotional, tired and just a bit useless. Yes, you’re on that fabulous monthly rollercoaster ride of hormones isn’t it great to be a woman?
How can you make your menstrual cycle a little bit less horrible? Here are some ideas.
Look on the Bright Side
Yes, it does suck to bleed and have cramps for four or five days every month, but try to focus on the positives of your period. It means that you are healthy and all of your female reproductive parts are functioning as they should be. It also means that you are not pregnant if you aren’t trying to conceive then this is always good news. Once you accept that your period is normal and stop resenting it, these few days will be a little bit easier to handle.
Look for Natural Remedies
Woman have been suffering the crimson curse for centuries, so they have found quick a few natural herbs and remedies that make it a little easier. For example,is an herb that is native to Texas and Central America. Drinking tea made from this leaf is thought to promote a healthy libido as well as help women to soothe their menstrual pains. It will give you a natural energy boost and will make you feel a lot better. Damiana leaf is also thought to have anti-depressant properties, so it will help you to even out your mood swings so that you can feel like yourself again.
Get Some Exercise
I know when the cramps get really bad the last thing you want to do is exercise. In fact, all you want to do at the moment is curl up in a little ball. However, going on a nice walk or doing some gentle yoga can be fantastic for easing your cramps. When you are getting exercise, your body will be pumping more blood which will release endorphins the feel-good chemicals in your brain that will work as a natural pain killer. If you get in the habit of exercising three or four times per week it will be good for the overall health of your body and will improve your menstrual cramps in general.
Sometimes heat can really help with menstrual cramps, because it will help to relax the muscles that are tightly contracting in your uterus and making you uncomfortable. You could find an over the counter heat patch to apply, or simply wrap yourself around a hot water bottle.
These are just a few of the ways that you can take care of yourself at that uncomfortable time of the month. Luckily, the discomfort will only last a few days and you will be back to normal in no time!
About the Author: Sally Haynes writes about women’s health and wellness topics.