Top 10 Period Hacks
In The Kitchen
1. Eat More Chocolate. It's not just a myth, both light and dark chocolate encourage your body to release endorphins, the hormones that can help improve your mood and reduce your perception of pain.
2. Drink More Water. Staying properly hydrated before and during your menstrual cycle is vital to feeling healthy. Even mild dehydration can cause headache, cramps, and constipation; three things you don't need more of during your period.
3. Cut Back On Salt. What's the best way to negate the effects of staying hydrated? Consuming lots of sodium. Excess salt can cause water retention, which makes you feel heavy and bloated. Since most Americans consume too much salt to being with, consider putting yourself on a low-sodium diet two or three days prior to your period.
On The Go
4. Make A Pad Bag. Get a small- to medium-sized change purse to hold a pad and a mini pack of baby wipes. Keep it in your regular purse all month long, so if you're surprised when you're out somewhere, you won't need to fly home in a panic.
5. Use Adhesive Heating Pads. Instead of a hot water bottle, try a disposable adhesive heating pad. This is convenient when you're at home, but it also means you can stick one on under your clothes when you need to go out.
6. Secure Your Pad. The last thing you need to worry about when you're at work, the store, or school is a shifting sanitary pad. Not only can this cause leaks, but it makes it more likely someone's going to notice your pad through thin slacks or a skirt. Some women try to prevent this by wearing multiple layers or extra tight clothing. Instead, go with the simpler solution of buying a few pairs of period panties. The ones sold via PantyProp are designed to keep your pad from shifting while offering extra discretion.
7. Stock Up On Feminine Hygiene. We all dread the feeling of stumbling into the bathroom in the middle of the night only to discover you're out of pads. Be good to yourself by keeping your period stash full throughout the month. A good rule of thumb is to take stock at the end of your cycle and refill immediately.
8. Lay Out Your Period Clothes. Whether it's a comfy set of sweats or period panties, it's good to have your period-friendly clothes ready. A few days before your period, make sure your comfort clothes are washed, dried, and put away. It'll save you the hassle of doing laundry or wearing dirty clothes when you're feeling low.
At The End Of The Day
9. Use Peroxide For Stains. It happens. Your period catches you unaware, and you've got stained panties or bedsheets before you can react. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down proteins, so it's a quick and easy way to get rid of menstrual blood stains. Be careful, though, as peroxide can take color of out some clothing.
10. Take A Bath. Soak that hard-working body in Epsom salts. You can wear a menstrual cup or tampon, or nothing at all (water pressure will likely keep you from bleeding very much). Muscle soreness is a common symptom of period pain, and a long, hot soak will help you relax and get a good night's sleep.
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