From bloating to mood swings, your period may be a tough time to get through each month. But with some simple period self-care practices, you can ease the symptoms and make your cycle more manageable.
Here are some of the best period self-care tips to help you feel more balanced, comfortable and empowered during your menstrual cycle.
Period Self-Care Tip #1: Stay Hydrated
Hydration is KEY during your period. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to minimize bloating, reduce fatigue and help with digestion. The recommended amount of water to drink is anywhere between 8 to 10 glasses a day.
Period Self-Care Tip #2: Rest & Relax
Getting enough sleep is ESSENTIAL for your overall well-being and hormonal balance. If you’re able to do so, prioritize a consistent sleep schedule and aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
Try to create a calming bedtime routine to signal your body that it’s time to wind down. How? Here are some ideas:
- Read a book
- Light a candle with essential oils
- Listen to soft music (check out our period playlist 😉)
- Have a cup of caffeine-free herbal tea
- Write in a journal
- Try a coloring book
Period Self-Care Tip #3: Stay Active
When it comes to exercising on your period, it’s important to pay attention to your energy and comfort levels. Low-impact exercises like going for a walk or doing yoga are great ways to boost your mood, reduce pain and stimulate the release of endorphins.
Period Self-Care Tip #4: Heat Therapy
Heat therapy can provide relief from menstrual cramps and muscle tension. Apply a heating pad or hot water bottle to your lower abdomen or take a warm bath to relax your muscles and increase blood flow.
Fact: Heat can help soothe any pain and promotes relaxation.
Period Self-Care Tip #5: Treat Yourself
Last but certainly not least, it’s important to treat yourself and listen to your body. Embrace your period cravings and enjoy a sweet treat, or simply indulge in activities that make you happy, like watching your favorite movie or doing a face mask.