Pre-apology: Sorry if this post is TMI!
I don’t know if it’s just me, but when I feel like I’m getting close to my period, I absolutely dread it. If I could completely dodge it, I would in a heartbeat. But obviously it’s a totally natural thing, and I am forever grateful that I have the health to allow my body to function as it should!
I feel like I get the worst pains ever. Nobody has them worse than me, and I am the only woman ever to have experienced this. Especially on the first day, I literally feel like I’m going to be sick.
(Another pre-apology to the people who will one day be around when I have babies! haha)
I have, however found a few things that make me feel just that teeny bit better when I’m in pain or feel sorry for myself during those weeks. Keep reading to see what they are!
My Top 5 Tips For Dealing With A Visit From Aunt Flo
- Drink raspberry tea. The tea helps tone your uterus which, in turn, helps regulate aunt flo. A toned uterus helps the blood flow smoothly and help lessen the cramps. (Clipper’s raspberry leaf tea is my fave!)
- Rub your belly (or even better.. Get your boyfriend or significant other to do this for you!) One of the things that makes me feel so much better is a good spoon, and a belly rub from my boyfriend! not only do you get a cuddle (which always feels nice when you’re feeling sorry for yourself!) but the rubbing helps warm up your abdominal area which will soothe it.
- Get some exercise! Now, I feel ya gurl. working out is the last thing I want to do when my aunt Flo comes to town. But some gentle exercise such as walking or yoga will make you feel so much better! I’m totally not suggesting you go for a crazy marathon run or do 600 burpees in a row, but gentle movement is scientifically proven to help with pain due to the endorphins that are released during exercise. According to Gustavo Rossi, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. “It produces analgesia [pain relief] and helps to burn the prostaglandins — chemicals released during menstruation that cause muscle contractions — much faster.”
- Eat chocolate. Yes, you read right! You finally have an excuse to eat chocolate! This is because chocolate contains magnesium which is great for cramps. It also helps release endorphins, which, as we know are the happy hormones! (If you would like a healthier option to chocolate, check out my healthy hot chocolate recipe here!)
- Listen to your body. This is by far the most important tip. Everybody is different, everybody has varied amounts of discomfort (and of course there are those lucky bitches who get no pain… Jel) so do what feels right for you! If you feel like you need to take some time to rest, take it. If you feel like watching a Disney movie will help. Bloody watch it! Have no shame in taking a step back from being the superwoman you are, to look after yourself! Remember to always look after yourself first. Because that means in turn, you can give more to others!
And there you have it! My top 5 tips for dealing with that wonderful gift we receive each month. Thanks mother nature. Really… Cheers…