Your calendar says your period is due. And you’re already worried about those cramps spoiling your day. Or you’ve probably called in sick at work so you can sleep through your second or third day.
Here are some easy tips and remedies to make that time of the month a little easier:
Exercise or Play a Sport: Regularly working out at the gym, at least 5 days a week can help to reduce cramps during your period. Alternatively, you can take up activities like swimming, yoga, dancing, cycling or play a sport. Focus more on exercising your lower abdomen and thighs. Ask your instructor or doctor for guidance on particular exercises.
Sip on Warm Water: While you have your period, sip on warm water throughout the day. This will help to clear out your system and therefore ease the pain. Drinking water also prevents fatigue, muscle cramps and dehydration due to bleeding.
Bring out Those Woollens: It doesn’t matter if it’s summer. Tie a woollen shawl or sweater around your waist, especially while sleeping. Keeping warm and snug around the lower abdomen will help you sleep better. You are less likely to wake up to use the toilet every 2-3 hours. It is also likely that you will bleed less in your sleep.
Use a Heating Pillow: Your hot-water bag or heating pillow will come very handy to ease those cramps. Whether you are sleeping, sitting or working from home, place the heating bag on your lower abdomen. Use it whenever you feel pain.
Hold that Sweet Tooth: Cut down on sugary drinks, cakes, pastries, cookies and biscuits in general. But try and stay off them during your period. Some people might experience heavy or prolonged bleeding after eating sweet, creamy desserts. So these are best avoided.