Writer: Rawan Elshiwy
Heat Hot-and-Cold Packs
Your first step to try, in hopes of assuaging your brutal period cramps, lies in the drugstore. Once you’ve purchased your dearest microwavable pack, just pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds, then wait another 30 seconds for it to cool down. TADA! There you have your pain reliever pillow to apply on all your poor organs (externally of course). Trust me, it will do wonders for your sore body.
Stay Away From Fizzy Drinks and Chocolate
Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug, and unlike many of its kind, it is the only legally permitted in nearly all parts of the world. Caffeine exists in most of our food and drink resources like coffee, tea, chocolate, energy drinks, and the list goes on and on. To put it into words, caffeine has been associated with an increased frequency of PMS (premenstrual syndrome) which means it increases your blood pressure which can lead to more intense headaches, backaches, and cramps. So Pepsi and chocolate are a no-no, ladies.
Now, we all know how dreadful it is to wake up and freshen up on a few pushups or jumping jacks, but let me tell you, a few of these swift, magical moves will let you kiss your cramps, bloating, and mood swings goodbye.
Prepare: Warm Drinks, Environment, Bath
It’s out of the question that, during your sacred PMS ritual, you need to keep yourself warm, reassured, and completely hydrated. Did you know that, on average, most females tend to lose 80 ml of their body’s blood during their periods? This requires that we give special care to our dehydrated bodies and pamper ourselves. So, ladies, keep all rooms (including the bathroom) nicely warm in case you decide to fill in your tub with water, add a bath bomb or two along with scented candles, and meditate.
Unwanted stress can cause just about anything, it can go from changing the timings of your period to missing your period itself. You see, in order for regular cycles to take places, hormones called estrogen and progesterone have to come to play, and here’s where stress throws tomatoes at the two so previously mentioned hormones. Instead of their release, stress triggers the release of cortisol, which diminishes their appearance. Better not stress out situations and think for the better of your wellbeing.