How To Take Care Of Your Self During Your Period.
Over the last year and a half, "self-care" has become something of a buzzword. The pandemic popularised the term and we all become so much more aware of how lockdowns and restrictions were taking a toll on our mental health. Yet, very little noise was made over how much lockdowns and restrictions impacted our cycles - from disrupted sleep to longer bleeding times, the list goes on. Despite restrictions easing in many countries, it's still important (now more than ever) to incorporate period self-care into your regular self-care rituals but how? We've listed our favourite ways to take care of yourself during your period below.
- Eat Better – our diet contributes to our wellbeing in more ways than we think and whilst menstruating (and a week before) it’s a good idea to concentrate on eating the foods that your bodies needs to function at its optimum, particularly when your hormones are in such a state of flux. We recommend the following: bananas, salmon, beef, kiwi, oats, leafy green vegetables, lentils and beans, ginger and dark chocolate. Opting for more protein, healthy fats, fatty fish and high fibre diets, help to influence the release of hormones that control appetite and food health.
- Sleep more – Many women complain about fatigue or the inability to sleep whilst on their periods and this can exacerbate your PMS even more. We recommend curating a sleeping schedule such as switching your phone off at a particular time, having a regular sleeping time, making sure the room is at a cool enough temperature and/ or using a sleeping app.
- Drink herbal teas and reduce caffeine/coffee intake – There are a number of teas that help to alleviate and minimise the pain experienced on your period. For example, chamomile tea relieves muscle spasms. Raspberry Leaf Tea (which features in our current boxes) also known as “woman’s tea”, contains fragarine, a plant compound that helps tone and tighten muscles in the pelvic area, which may reduce the menstrual cramping caused by the spasms of these muscles. Peppermint Tea is said to be as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs for the reduction of menstrual pain. It acts a muscle relaxant and is known to improve mood, which can fluctuate on our periods. Lastly, ginger tea is said to be more effective than taking Ibuprofen.
- Exercise – Understandably this is not the first thing that comes to mind whilst your curled up in bed, hand on stomach and crying out in pain but research suggests that light exercise like yoga or jogging, can improve period pain. Moreover, gentle physical exercise can also improve your mood.
- Indulge in some tender loving care – This is the best time to do things that you love and indulge in the things that bring you joy. Light one of our candles and put your feet up, find a romcom on Netflix, listen to your favourite album and unbox our period self-care box. Our period self-care box contains everything you need for you to (dare we say it) enjoy your period. Each box is packed with 10-15 organic pads or tampons depending on your flow, chocolates, sweets, snacks, teas that are good for managing your period and 2-3 skin care items.
Taking care of yourself during your time of the month is important. Your wellbeing depends on it.