It can be difficult to look forward to getting your period because many of us know all too well that it comes with some other not-so-fun symptoms such as bloating and cramps, not to mention an emotional roller coaster. People who have periods often forget to focus on taking care of themselves during this time, but really there’s no better time in the month to take advantage of the fun and simple ways to practice self care! Whether it is reading your new favourite book, replenishing your skin with a natural face wash or going for a leisurely walk, there are so many things you can easily do to help take on this time of month like the badass you are.
Let Yourself Relax!
If you’re ever left wondering what to do to feel better while on your period, one of the best things you can do is to really take some time and relax. We totally understand it’s easier said than done, but you got this! We got this! It doesn’t have to be an all-day thing, although if your schedule allows it, why not take the day off to reset? Relaxing will look different for everyone. Some may prefer taking a bath while others may want to binge on their favorite Netflix show, or maybe even both! Whether it’s some quiet time, writing in a journal or trying a new recipe, cancel your plans and enjoy some time to do what makes you feel good, whatever that may look like.
Give Yourself a Facial
One popular way that some may choose to relax is by giving themselves a mini spa treatment. Breakouts are common during your period, so pampering your face is beneficial. It’s also just fun to do and affordable as well! Apply an acne-fighting mask to help fight blemishes, and perhaps enjoy your go-to snack while it sets in. Rinse it off and then follow up with a soothing organic acne oil. You’re all set!
Take Care of Your Nutritional Needs
While you may be craving a bag of chips, this is actually an important time when your body needs extra nutrition. When deciding what to eat while on your period, it is best to choose foods that contain zinc and iron, as your body is low on these nutrients. Some good sources include:
- Red meat
- Seeds and nuts
- Whole grains
The good news is that dark chocolate is also a source of zinc, so you can indulge without feeling too guilty. Go, chocolate! If your energy levels are especially low when you have your period, talk to your doctor to see if you should add iron or zinc supplements to your diet.
It is also important to drink a lot of water during this time of the month. This will help combat any body bloat.
Exercise may not be on the top of your list of things to do to feel better during your period, but it is actually very helpful. Choose something you enjoy, whether it’s a long walk, yoga, running or swimming. You’re still unstoppable, don’t let your period hold you back! While it may be difficult to get out the door sometimes, you will be thankful you did when your symptoms such as fatigue, cramps and bloating, are reduced and you are recharged with energy.
Stock Up on Vitamin D
Womxn who have low levels of vitamin D tend to have more painful periods. Vitamin D supplements are beneficial, although the best way to increase your levels is to get out in the sun! Go for a walk in the middle of the day, lay out by the pool for 20 or 30 minutes or read a book in the park. If you can do it the natural way, why not?!
It is super important to take care of yourself, especially when you have your period. An important part of period care is using organic and natural products and feeding your body with the necessary nutrients to keep you feeling good.