Do you dread your period every month? We all go through those insufferable menstrual cramps when you just want to lie in bed and wait for the day to end. Don’t suffer in silence. Try these simple tips for period pain that will help relieve your discomfort.
1. Stay hydrated
Drinking lots of water will not end cramping altogether, but it can help reduce bloating, which makes cramps feel worse. Always keep a water bottle handy, and add some mint or a few drops of lemon. Reduce salt intake and avoid alcohol as both can pull water out of your system.
2. Eat healthy food
Binge eating those comfort foods like doughnuts, chips, and other fried stuff is not really going to help your case. Instead, consume a low-fat, high-fiber diet that has nutrients like vitamins E, B1, B6, magnesium, zinc, and Omega-3 fatty acids that help in relieving muscle tension and inflammation. Whole grains, lentils, beans, leafy vegetables, fruits, and nuts are the way to go.
3. Cut back on caffeine
Caffeine can make cramps worse, so make sure that you are not consuming any in the form of coffee, soda, chocolate, energy drinks or tea before and during your period. Instead, try a small smoothie packed with fruits and veggies.
4. Over the counter medication
Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other painkillers can go a long way in making you feel comfortable. So if you feel nothing is helping, there is no harm in taking an over the counter pain medicine.
5. Use heating pads
Get the benefit of warm, relaxing relief with those hot water bottles and electric heating pads. This is especially useful in the winter when you need all the extra warmth you can get.
6. Loosen up with a sweat session
Working out releases endorphins in your brain that make you feel good. However, not everyone feels up to working out on their period, so don’t push yourself. Take a walk, do yoga, run on the treadmill, or go for a swim. Do what makes you feel better.
7. Massage your belly
Massage your abdomen for at least five minutes a day as it boosts the blood flow and eases tension, helping you feel better instantly. You can start a few days before you expect your period, or even use essential oils, as they are known to reduce pain.
8. Try Acupressure
Stimulating key points like your belly, back, feet and the fleshy part between your thumb and index finger might help in relieving pain and increasing blood flow to soothe both your body and mind.
9. Take a break
Treat yourself to a warm shower followed by a short power nap. It will help calm your muscles, relax your mind, and make you feel rejuvenated when you wake up.
Sometimes, period pain can be caused by an underlying issue such as endometriosis. It’s an abnormal tissue growth outside the uterus. If you experience severe pain during menstruation, take an appointment with your gynaecologist and have it checked out.