How to Feel Better During Your Period
With everything from mood shifts to cramps to low energy levels, it’s pretty easy to dread the arrival of your period. But instead of counting down the days until you’re back in the follicular phase, there are a few things you can do to feel better during that time of the month.
1. Try some light movement
Chances are you’re not going to feel up to an intense HIIT workout during your period, and that’s totally fine. But don’t skip out on movement just yet! Even 30 minutes of light exercise can have quite the impact on how you feel during your period, as movement helps ease cramping and pain and can help regulate your mood. Gentle workouts are key here, like a restorative yoga flow or a walk around your neighborhood, as these low-intensity choices will allow you to experience the benefits without overdoing it.
2. Limit caffeine and alcohol
Although that morning coffee might feel impossible to give up, limiting your caffeine intake is actually a really good idea during your period. This is because caffeine can make cramps worse, and coffee has a tendency to add to inflammation and bloating. Similarly, alcohol can dehydrate you, worsening your cramps as well. Looking for an alternative? Matcha, kombucha, or black tea can give you a boost of energy without making your symptoms even worse.
3. Stay hydrated
You may not be able to get rid of period symptoms entirely, but staying hydrated can help ease everything from cramps to back aches. We recommend keeping a water bottle close by, and aiming for at least 64 ounces of water a day (around 2 liters).
4. Take a warm bath
If you’re looking for an excuse to engage in a little self-care, why not take a bath? Not only does the warm water soothe aching muscles and joints, but baths also can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Try adding essential oils or bath salts for added relief.
Although your period may never be your favorite time of the month, we hope these tips help you feel a bit better the next time it comes around.