Listen to your body.
Your body knows best. We’re all different, and, unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment against cramps. So if you don’t want to increase your water intake or exercise, don’t. If you feel like killing someone for a cup of coffee, drink it. If you need a rest, cancel your meetings. Trust your instincts. After all, they’ve been saving us for centuries.
Have a warm bath
As mentioned above, heat helps relieve period pain. Besides, a bath is also a great way to relax both physically and mentally. Fill a tub with hot water, add some bath salts (lavender will deal with stress just fine), pour in 2-3 tablespoons of ground ginger, turn on your favorite music, make yourself a cup of tea, and enjoy!
To make the effect better, add several drops of essential oils:
- Lavender and clary sage relieve pain and help you to relax.
- Cinnamon and eucalyptus reduce inflammations.
- Rose helps normalize your menstrual cycle and calms you down.
- Chamomile and ylang-ylang relax muscles and decrease irritability.
We all know that sleep is important for our health, but falling asleep during your period can be a real struggle. You know — all those cramps, headaches, and mood swings. Your favorite pillow suddenly becomes uncomfortable, and your mattress rebels against you… Then in the morning, you feel swollen and sleepy and get mad at any trifle.
To make your life a little bit better, we’ve got some advice for sound sleep. Experts recommend sleeping in the fetal position as it relaxes the muscles around your belly and reduces pain. Moreover, as your legs are squeezed, there are fewer chances of a leak. Great!