Periods are difficult and getting up in the morning can be a big accomplishment. But self-care is most important at times when we feel our lowest. Here is some knowledge acquired through experience, conversation and speaking to my own healthcare professional.
The most important tip for all of these areas is planning. It comes as no surprise that breakouts are more likely when consuming foods with higher sugar and oil content. However, some symptoms aren’t as easy to break down and can be tricky to navigate.
Sugar and oil control is useful for everyone, whether we’re on our period or not. However, it’s more important to keep an eye on your food intake before your period starts. Eating sweets doesn’t have to be banned but make sure to get those fruits and vegetables in. Another possibility is to reduce or eliminate dairy products. It may not work for everyone or all the time, but trying it for 2-3 weeks is enough time to see if has an impact on skin. Although it may seem obvious, the next one is just as easy to forget. Simply keep your hands away from your face. It can be tempting to rest your head on your palm when you’re feeling tired and contact can be made by simply brushing stray hairs way. Don’t forget that bacteria on our hands can leave an impact on the sensitive skin around our face.
Body Aches and Pains
As tough as it is to get out of bed, physical activity is important for battling those aches and pains. It doesn’t have to take much time or energy either. Even some yoga before or during your period and stretching can be powerful. Or walking around, whether inside or outside the house. Do whatever is most comfortable and realistic. If none of this is possible, don’t forget that heating pad.
A heavy flow is always difficult to handle during your period, but even afterwards can be a struggle. It’s completely normal to feel tired during your period and the days immediately after, but ensure proper rest. Whether it’s through taking naps during the day or getting more sleep at night. Iron and water are also essential in replenishing the body. Make sure to eat plenty of leafy greens, even a homemade smoothie can go a long way, and stay hydrated.
This one is tricky, controlling appetite can be difficult and nausea doesn’t help either. This is another area where planning is key. Maintaining a diet, a week before and week after, does help regulate eating during your period. Meal prepping can also be helpful whether preparing meals for a week, a couple days, the next day or just having a plan on paper. It’s a lot easier to control food when it has been planned or prepared ahead of time.
More than anything else, just listen to your body. Feeling hungrier than usual is normal, eat what is required but get the proper nutrients along with it. After a long day, take proper rest instead of scrolling social media for an hour or two.
Nobody is perfect and it is not easy to have control. It’s a process and it takes time. Target the areas that need improvement, and stick with them to get your perfect results over time.
By: Jasman Sahota