Menstrual frustrations are, of course, not just all in your head. There are undeniable physical changes, hormone flushes, pain increase and more that almost just can’t be helped. But you can fight back. Making a few lifestyle adjustments can lead to an overall better, happier, less frustrating time of the month for you.
“You are what you eat” is not just a saying – it is kind of also true! Your diet can have an effect on more than just your physical well-being, it can also take a toll on your emotional and mental health. You probably already know that if you eat a lot of high-sugar, processed foods that you feel sluggish and not your best. But your diet can also really take a toll on you during your period. What you eat can affect your overall balance of hormones, which, as you know, rage during this time.
Try to eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, and fiber. You will want to avoid meat and dairy as well as reduce your intake of alcohol and caffeine.
Feel Good About Yourself
You are beautiful. You are strong. You are smart. Forget all the negative thoughts (yes, easier said than done) but did you know that your mindset matters? We really do manifest what we feel, so if you are feeling down on yourself, that negative feeling will only amplify as your hormones course. Intrusive thoughts are just that – intruders that are not necessarily true.
Develop a positive mantra to remind yourself that putting yourself down does no good – and is, in fact, inaccurate.
Feel Comfortable Down There
Tampons, aside from the potential for toxic shock syndrome they bring thanks to synthetic materials and chemicals, can irritate you. Insert it slightly wrong and you will be uncomfortable all day. Pads, while not so invasive, still can chafe and they feel akin to tiny diapers.
Skip the discomfort and feel normal by wearing only underwear – specifically leak-proof panties like PantyProp’s line, which are all-natural and wear like real underwear so you stay dry but also comfortable during a usually uncomfortable time.
Work It, Baby
Yup, exercising is hard to get motivated to do at this time of the month. The thought of standing, of sitting, of – gulp – running? But, as Elle Woods said, exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy, making exercise the perfect way to combat the menstrual blues. Also, exercise gets your blood flowing which helps combat those pesky cramps and also battle that water weight gain that inevitably happens at this time.
Treat Yo Self
You don’t have to be all health-oriented. Keep your mental health all happy, too! Having a period is not a fun time, so you deserve a little reward or something to make you smile. Grab an ice cream, binge your favorite show, see friends – make sure to let yourself have a little fun and stay happy – even when you maybe feel like the exact opposite.