I know it seems close to impossible when you’re lying on your back, suffering the wrath of your uterus. But trust me, there are steps you can take to alleviate the pain. While there are a lot of tips out there and on our blog, these can be said to be the holy grail of tips that are surefire ways to help you deal with that time of the month. If you stick by these period hacks, rest assured that that helpless feeling will be a thing of the past!
1. Do Some Yoga
While inversions such as handstands and shoulder stands can be bad when you’re on your period, other poses can be extremely beneficial when you’re cramping up. Check out our article with 4 Lifesaving Exercise Tips for When You’re on your Period for some yoga poses that can work wonders by helping you stretch out and relieve any tension built up around your abdominal muscles. So get off your couch, and get moving!
2. Eat Well and Snack Wisely
With so many unhealthy options lying around, and easily available, it’s no wonder that most of us just go for the easy way out, and indulge during our periods. We have an excuse anyway! But before you reach for that bag of Doritos, think to yourself how your body will feel after. If you need a little reminder, high fat and low fibre foods will increase the amount of Prostagladins in your system, which are said to be responsible for your menstrual cramps (also known as dysmenorrhea). Additionally, high sodium foods will make you feel more bloated afterwards too! Read our article on 5 Foods To Help With Period Cramps to get to know more about which nutrients are good for you when you’re expecting Aunt Flo. So why not swap out those chips for some delicious dark chocolate, or homemade kale chips that will keep you satiated and pain free!
3. Stay Hydrated
Contrary to popular belief, drinking more water will not make you feel more bloated, but actually help decrease bloatedness. But other than that, staying hydrated can actually help with menstrual cramps as well. Explaining the science behind this can be complicated, but the bottom line is that drinking lots of water will alleviate uterine cramping, and that’s always good, isn’t it?
4. Carry MenstruHeat With You
Heat therapy has been scientifically proven to help muscle cramps, and since menstrual cramps are in essence muscle cramps, then it is no exception to this rule! Unfortunately, life doesn’t exactly work such that you have time off to stay at home and rest all day when you’re experiencing menstrual cramps. And you just have to go on with your life as per usual, when you’re actually screaming internally (we’ve all been there). So this is where MenstruHeat comes in really handy. With it’s sleek individual packaging and adhesive backing, it’s your perfect companion when you’re on-the-go. Just stick in on, and you can expect quick relief from those dreaded menstrual cramps! Find out more about MenstruHeat here.
Hopefully these tips will help you through your next period, and all your subsequent periods. If you have any more hacks to share, please do so in the comment box below! Good luck, ladies! 🙂
Chen Wei Chua
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