Know your enemy and know yourself, and you will never be defeated
PART. Ⅱ : Tiny effort may bring huge benefits
When the time of a month has come, you may feel unpleasant and ride on a roller coaster of emotions. At least, I do. If you have severe menstrual cramps, things can be worse. Fortunately, there are some tricks you can simply try out at home to reduce the pain and the discomfort. However, a piece of advice from your doctor is highly recommended before trying these to figure out whether they are suitable for your condition or not. So, let give it a try!
1. Drink lots of Water, not Coffee/Alcohol
Dehydration aggravates menstrual cramps; increase liquid intake to prevent being dehydrated. However, caffeine inside coffee and caffeinated drinks can increase anxiety, nervousness and insomnia. Alcohol may make you feel depressed as well. Try to drink sufficient water to stay calm and sound, not coffee or alcoholic beverages!
2. Have small, frequent Meals
According to one of Hannahpad users, she eats a small meal even when she is not hungry to relieve pain. It helps her! Eating small meals throughout the day rather than two or more large meals may ease menstruation symptoms. A large meal, especially the one with high in carbohydrates, can cause blood sugar swings, which can also cause mood swings. Instead of a meal, you may have bananas and blueberries. Bananas are believed to relieve cramps and blueberries for offsetting the symptoms of low estrogen: trouble concentrating, have migraine, feel depressed and fatigue. Try to eat small, frequent meals a day to keep your blood sugar level steady.
3. Exercise, Take supplements
Women who lack physical energy tend to suffer menstrual cramps in greater severity. Physical activities not only strengthen your body but lifts your moods as well. Everything is interlinked: Exercising can boost energy and help with cramps/bloating, which then may help you feel better. Walking, running, swimming and bicycling are just some of the highly recommended activities. In addition, you need to be aware of vitamins, minerals and calcium levels in your body. According to some researches, plenty of calcium may help ease mood swings and fatigue during period. Consult a doctor and get supplement that your body requires.
4. Use heat
The pelvic area tends to get congested during menstruation. Drinking hot liquids such as tea promotes blood flow in the area and helps in relaxing the pelvic muscles. Soaking in a hot bath or using a hot water bottle on your lower abdomen might relieve cramps. Just soak a towel in hot water and place it on your stomach – it’s that simple!
5. Manage Stress
Find your own ways to release stress out and relax. Stress can trigger severe menstrual symptoms and make them worse. Try meditation, deep breathing or yoga as effective relaxation methods. These are good for mood swings and emotional changes. However, don’t be stressed out to find one! You’ll find out as time goes by.
“Ginger has been effective in relieving inflammation and pain, and it can help alleviate the pain associated with menstrual cramps. Ginger also is used for nausea and an upset stomach, symptoms that sometimes accompany menstruation.”
*Ingredients: 1-inch fresh ginger root ( no need to peel it), 1 cup of water (boiling), 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of honey
Tips and tricks listed above may sound obvious to you. You may think they’re too plain and classic. That’s true – there won’t be any magic available to vanish your symptoms all at once. However, they are not complicated either. We know that going back to simple basics and try out tiny things in daily lives might bring dramatic difference in the future. So, why don’t you start from today?
And on a side note, we've had numerous feedback from our hannahpad users saying that their cramps and discomfort decreased tremendously after starting using hannahpads! Can't believe it? See some reviews below for yourself :
"Decided to go try these cloth pads because am new to cloth pads, was concern that mediums wouldn't ofter me much protection during the day. I had maybe 3 light cramps in one day instead of like 6 painful ones over 3 days. Washing wasn't easy to follow at first but now got my washing routine down am good to go. Best investment I've made this year!! Good bye disposable pads....HELLO Hannah pad !! Love your body ! " - Kathleen
"I've been using these pads for a little less than a year now and have been extremely impressed. They are way more comfortable than your regular pads from the store. Very easy to store in a pouch after usage and I haven't experienced as bad cramps. The washing and soaking takes time, but I recently purchased a few more and that lasts me for my whole period. So happy with the product and recommend to anyone who wants to help the environment while be more comfortable during your time of the month. " - Iris
"I took a chance trying Hannahpads, and it was the best choice I’ve ever made! They don’t feel gross at all, and actually just feel like underwear. They’re super breathable and have no smell to them at all throughout the day. My cramps were even improved! Very easy to wash and almost all of mine have no stains at all. I’ll never go back to disposable pads!" - Anonymous
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