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You don’t have to dread your period, period!
For the longest time my “time of the month,” was something I would dread. I tried birth control in high school to help with cramps, but I didn’t like the way my body reacted to it. Since then I’ve been birth control free and have really learned to listen to my body and take the necessary steps to make my life easier during my menstrual cycle. Yes, my cramps are painful, and the PMS is real, but I no longer reach for a bottle of Motrin, instead I opt for a more holistic approach. Today I’m sharing four steps you can take to make your life easier while you have your period.
Stock up on some self care goodness
I know the term “self care” is definitely buzzing right now, but when I say self care I don’t just mean a bottle of red wine and some bubble bath. Really take this time to think about what make you feel good. What helps you relax and unwind? What can help ease to discomfort of your menstrual cramps? For me it’s making sure I am stocked up on CBD Oil, have my rubber hot water bottle for cramps, enough epsom salts for the week, and don’t have an overload of work to do. Self care during my menstrual cycle is really about slowing down and listening to what your body is saying. Instead of stockpiling on pain medicine just try listening first. Start each morning of your period with some light stretches and go gently on yourself!
Start using a menstrual cup, thank me later.
Since Earth Day is a few days away, lets all take a moment and think about all the pads and tampons we used that aren’t environmentally friendly. Slate estimated that a woman averaging 20 tampons or pads per menstrual period burns through 250 to 300 pounds of products, applicators, and wrappers in a lifetime. That’s crazy! Why not make it a little easier on the Earth and our wallets and switch to a menstrual cup!? Fun fact: 91 percent of women who try the DivaCup won’t go back to traditional options….AMAZING! A year ago when I first started using the DivaCup I was super hesitant, and terrified of it not working. When positioned correctly the cup is leak-free and you can’t feel the cup. Let me tell you, it’s the best thing that’s happened to my period. If you’re switching to the DivaCup for the first time I highly recommend reading their user guide to get familiar with your new menstrual cup. I purchased my DivaCup at Walmart, but you can also find it at your local Whole Foods, CVS, Target, and many others. Gone are the days of running to change my tampon every three hours! In honor of Earth Day let’s make our periods an eco-friendly period! Below are some the things I love about the DivaCup:
- 12 hour leak-free protection!
- Made from 100 percent healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability.
- No added chemicals, plastic, BPA, latex or dyes.
- Ideal for all levels of activity: from sports to sleep.
- Sits low at the base of the vaginal canal for easy insertion and removal.
- It’s naturally pH balanced
- Gentle, fragrance-free formula makes it ideal for sensitive skin.
- The cup is also made of 100 percent healthcare grade silicone
It’s such a great feeling being able to free yourself from unreliable tampons and pads! You’ll also find yourself saving money, a lot of money! The average cost of menstrual care for the year is $150. The DivaCup costs $39.99/year, it’s a win, win.
Ditch the caffeine
Try swapping the coffee for some dark chocolate during your next period. Caffeine should be avoided if possible, since it cane trigger cramps during your menstrual cycle. And nobody likes cramps! If you can’t quit caffeine, try swapping your coffee for a green tea. Dark chocolate will help ease cramps since it’s full of magnesium and endorphins which will also in turn improve your mood.
Sync your cycle to the moon
This may seem a little out there for some of you but give me chance on this one. It’s not a coincidence that are menstrual cycles are synced with the waxing and waning of the moon occurring every 28 days. We as women by nature are lunar. If we are synced up with the moon’s cycle, we will menstruate around the new moon, and ovulate around the full moon.
Once your cycle is in sync with the moon, during the time between the new and full moon your bodies estrogen will increase, resulting in ovulation during the full moon. The new moon will then = menstruation. I cannot recommend starting new and full moon rituals enough! I’ll be sharing mine soon on the blog, but for now use this time to look inward during the new moon. Set intentions and assess your life.
Native American women would separate themselves from their tribe during their cycle, and come together with other women in a “moon lodge” to collectively tap into their feminine energy, as well as the lunar energy, during the new moon. Women’s circles are great for this, or even better a monthly women’s new and full moon circle!
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