As you can tell from the title, this is slightly different to my normal post but in the hope to make everyone feel more comfortable around here I wanted to touch upon this subject a little. I’m talking periods or that time of the month. If you’re anything like me, I find it so awkward to talk about them with anyone including my sister! I also hate when they come around – it’s like a monthly dread that I wish we didn’t have to deal with but we do and that sucks. However, I’ve learnt a few tips over the years that have helped me and hopefully they could be of use to you as well. A bit like a period survival kit to help you get through that time of the month. So I’m going to share with you everything I know. From pampering yourself to caring for you and your body.
So obviously the first thing I wanted to talk about was the essentials: pads and tampons. You are all probably rather familiar with what is out there in the market however there’s one brand which I will always go back too. Always is my go to brand! All their pads just do the job and work best for me however I have heard that Veeda is a lot better for the environment as they are made with 100% natural cotton and are chemical, synthetics and dye-free. I haven’t got round to trying them to give you my opinion but Lauren and Amie have done a post about them. I usually pick up the Ultra Long for during the day and Always Maxi Comfort & Protection for during the night. I just find them so comfortable to wear that sometimes I even forget that I am on my period at the time. The other good thing is that they are so easy to remove but they still give you the ultimate protection.
Kick Those Cramps Away – I don’t know about anyone else but when I was younger, there would be days that I would be laying in bed in so much pain because of the cramps however there are a few essentials that I turn to for help. The first is Nurofen specifically for period pains. They work so fast and are so easy to take. If you are the one who doesn’t like taking tablets then I would go for a hot water bottle or a microwavable teddy bear (similar). The one I have is a dog from Sainsbury’s and I use him religiously. Most of the time it is as bad as when I had appendicitis, no kidding!
The Food Essentials – Of course, chocolate is the first thing that I turn to around that time of the month. I have learnt that dark chocolate, such as Cadbury’s Bournville, will satisfy your craving, help relax your muscles and increase your happiness levels without being as fattening as other types of chocolate. Another option is ordering yourself a Graze Chocolate Box if you know exactly when your period is due. They have some delicious chocolatey treats in that are much healthier than a bar of chocolate and taste delicious. Dairy is something to stay away from as that can increase bloating and just make the whole week very uncomfortable. The next food I turn to second to chocolate is bananas. I get through nearly two family size packs of bananas as I use them to make milkshakes or ice cream. I eat them on their own. I add them to smoothies or my breakfast in the morning. They are known for helping you to avoid cramps or reduce bloating.
Other foods I have heard is good for you are: hummus as it can help you sleep better and put you in a better mood, spinach or kale as it can help with cramps but is also a great source of calcium and nuts. Don’t forget to drink enough water to keep you hydrated, keep away cramps and help with bloating.
Pamper Yourself – Pampering yourself is definitely a key aspect in maintaining your happiness levels. It helps me feel a lot more relaxed and a little bit more human. Warm baths are really soothing for my cramps and of course this means using bath bombs and bubble bars. My favourite is Honey Bee or Blackberry from Lush as I find the ingredients so comforting and relaxing. Another skincare essential is Mask of Magnaminty. I don’t about any else but my skin ends up oily and breaking out before, during and after my period so I’ve found this to be the best kind of mask which is on the market. It’s so cooling due to peppermint oil and overall it reduces the breakout of my skin. The other beauty essentials that I use are Superdrug’s Feminine Body Wash and Feminine Deodorant. Not only are they cruelty free and suitable for vegans but they leave me feeling clean, fresh and ready to start the day.
Do you have any period essentials that get you through that time of the month? Let me know whether you use any of these.
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