How to feel good on your period

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I hate periods. But then again who doesn't. They come and go once a month and tend to stick around for about a week, but if you ask most people it feels like a lifetime. Since periods are around with us for an average of 40 years, it's about time that we starting taking care of ourselves when they happen. We should all start finding tips and tricks on how to feel good on and before your period.

Get to know your period and your body. 

WEAR THE CORRECT AND APPROPRIATE SANITARY PRODUCTS
The main and most important thing in order to feeling good on your period, is wearing sanitary products that are comfortable and suited to your body and your needs. I choose to wear sanitary towels as I find them the easiest, but I like the towels with wings. Make sure that your products are suited to your period needs. Whether that be; length of period or your average flow. 

EAT COMFORT FOOD - BUT NOT ALL OF IT 
We all have cravings and comfort food that we want to bathe ourselves in and eat nonstop. I like a lot of sugary and savoury foods such as; crisps, breadsticks, ice cream and chocolate. However we have to remind ourselves not to eat everything, as we are already bloated and don't want to put on extra weight that we could all end up regretting 2-3 days later. Eat your comfort food in moderation. 

WEAR LOOSE AND COMFORTABLE CLOTHING
Since we are all experiencing bloating, discomfort and the possibility of over 100 other symptoms, nobody wants to be sitting around it rigid and uncomfortable clothing. I like to wear loose clothing and nothing too form fitting. In the colder months I enjoy leggings, baggy t-shirts and oversized jumpers. In the warmer months (such as now) I like t-shirt dresses and playsuits that don't cling.

DRINK AS MUCH WATER AS YOU CAN
It's important to stay hydrated and up to date with your water intake anyway, but especially on 
your period. Throughout your period you are experiencing; bloating, cramps, tiredness, acne, 
aching and more. Drinking lots of fluids and water allows your body to flush out and toxins and discomfort out of your body that you may be feeling. Drink, drink, drink! 

PAMPER YOURSELF - TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN
I love to pamper myself at any chance that I've got, but especially on my period. Grab your face masks, nail polish and bubble bath to make your night as comfortable as possible. It is a proven fact that soaking in the bath, helps to relive pain and improve relaxation during 'that time of the month'. A relaxing bath helps to relive muscle tension and cramps whilst helping with stress and anxiety. Make sure to treat your skin nicely as it's common to break out and have acne during this time.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH FRIENDS
This time of month can be very emotional, especially for me. Your hormones are up and rattled and your emotions are sent on a wild goose chase, just waiting to return to normal. I tend to get angry and cry at everything (more than usual). A way to feeling good on your period is surrounding yourself with people who know what you are going through or are going through it at the same time. It works as a comfort blanket and you get to support one another through an uncomfortable time. 

GET LOTS OF SLEEP 
It is advised to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night, but during your period you are most likely more tired and exhausted due to your hormones. I like to get a full night's sleep on any day, but especially on my period. Make sure to stick to a regular sleeping pattern - I like to go to sleep at about 11pm (most of the time it doesn't happen) and wake up at around 9am so I can still get everything done. 

xoxo
Lea-Mai

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