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You may think I’m truly mad, saying a period can rock. You might be surprised about how these 5 tips can completely turn around “that time of the month.”
Let me be honest – I’ve never been someone to look at their period as some “beautiful, special experience.” There’s nothing magical about cramping, nausea, and feeling like if I even do so much as sneeze there will be a flood. No, friends, this is one part about being a woman that I do not enjoy at all – especially because of my gastroparesis. The symptoms always increase the week prior to Aunt Flo’s visit, and continue to nag at me through the first several days of my period.
All that being said, I’ve actually discovered several ways to make the most of what I like to call “Shark Week.” For years, all I’ve wanted is to remove the drama from my period – simplify it, if you will. You might be surprised by some of these suggestions, so keep reading if you want to learn how to make your “time of the month” truly rock.
5 Tips to Make Your Period Rock
Invest in feminine products that have simpler ingredients, so you can stress a little less.
just. thinks that you deserve to have one less thing to worry about when it comes to your period. No matter if you prefer tampons or pads, you know you’ll be getting the best. Think 100% cotton-core tampons and pads that are both free of dyes, fragrances, and chlorine bleaching. With all the drama my body is already going through, the last thing I want to do is complicate my products. I’m more of a pad girl, myself, so it’s nice to know that just. pads have a comfy, 100% cotton top-sheet, a core made of gel and wood cellulose, and a thin layer of polyethylene & polypropylene to stop any leakage. Look at this brand, actually disclosing what ingredients will be against your skin for a week straight!
It’s your period, and you can whine if you want to.
Some people assume that because it’s a “private matter,” you gotta keep it a secret so you won’t experience any shame. Well, I say: find your tribe, complain about the cramps and the emotions, and then enjoy a night to relax because your body is going through it. Sometimes I take to Twitter with my ridiculous sob-stories about my period. You’d be surprised at how many other ladies are retweeting, because they feel the exact same way. There doesn’t need to be a stigma about this, ya’ll. It’s just. a period.
Spend time alone – for your sake, and others’.
My husband has to take one business trip each month. You know when I tell him to go? Over the week of my period. This way I get the whole house to myself to be as moody as I please. Anyone else have a sass level of 100+ during this particular week? I’ll binge-watch my favorite rom-coms, eat plenty of ice cream (without needing to share), and really just have the whole space to myself. I try not to make any plans outside of work during this week as well. Honestly, if I even did make plans, they would inevitably be cancelled on the day-of because #cramps. Sometimes it’s necessary to just be alone.
All the natural remedies, please and thanks.
The moment that I discovered the winning combination of CBD oil and ginger was the moment that my period suddenly became less horrible. Not only does the CBD help with my PMS symptoms, but it also helps soothe my muscles. The ginger targets any nausea related to that time, and keeps food and beverages where they should be – in your stomach. I’ll also diffuse peppermint and lavender essential oils (peppermint only if I’m feeling hyper-sensitive to scents) to ease my mind and keep any headaches, muscle spasms, and nausea to a minimum.
Track your symptoms so you know what to expect next time.
There are about a bajillion apps out there that allow you to track your period. Some of them give you the option to write down your symptoms and determine when things may be better or worse, heavier or lighter, etc. This has become really helpful for me, because there was once a time that my period was incredibly erratic and never stayed on schedule, and I was clueless as to when it might show up, which left me anxious and created an even worse experience overall. Now I know when to stock up on my just. pads, take some anti-inflammatory, and curl up with a heating pad for a week while I watch my favorite shows on repeat.