4 Simple Ways to Feel Confident & Happy While On Your Period
This is the most important tip if you want to be confident during your period as you need to have an idea of when your cycle will begin and also be aware of the tell tale signs that your cycle is on its way. You want to keep track of your cycle on a calendar so that you are aware of when your cycle can be expected. You can use this calendar to keep track of your pre-period symptoms, how long your period lasts, your heaviest days as well as the last day of your period. This will be the best way to prepare for your period every month.
This day and age there are also phone apps that can assist you in charting your period. Some of these apps will base their projections off of your last three periods and because of this it can accurately predict when your next period will begin and alert you a few days in advance. This will help in the confidence department because you can make sure you are prepared ahead of time which is super helpful.
You can also prepare for your period by knowing your body and your bodies pre-period symptoms. Some common pre-period symptoms are tender and/or swollen breasts, a tender abdomen, bloating, feeling sluggish, cranky, emotional and you can also have headaches. I have pretty much all of these symptoms and have always used these as my signal that good old Aunt Flow is on the way.
2) Ensure You Have Adequate Protection
This is a big one for me as I always make sure I have all the protection I could need and more to ensure I am covered in the protection department. Once you know when your period is about to begin, and of course which days are your heaviest, you can prepare for your period by ensuring you have all of the protection you will need. For example, if you are light on your first few days of your period, you can carry around tampons, panty liners or light pads to prepare for the start of your period. If you are like me and you tend to be heaviest the first few days of your period, make sure that you get pads that are long, extra absorbent, and that have wings to protect your undies. If you prefer tampons, there are tampons available in various sizes to fit your needs.
I always ensure I have plenty of pads and tampons on hand as well as my new favorite weapon…. Knixteen Underwear. Knixteen underwear are miracle undies that protect you from period leaks, odor and moisture. These are the perfect panties for teens and adults as they help to keep you feeling fresh while you are on your period, all while protecting your pants. I use my Knixteen underwear in conjunction with wearing my tampons when I am on my heaviest cycle times and then I use them solely when my period is tapering off. They are so comfortable and wear like regular underwear so that you will not even know that they are there. I have to admit that I am obsessed with these and have told all of my friends and family about them as they eliminate the need of pads most of the time and they save me money all while being super comfy.
Another tip to ensure you are always ready and confident when it comes to your period is to carry an extra pair of underwear or pants in case your period starts during an inconvenient time, like during class or an important work meeting. You can also carry a sweater or a jacket to tie around your waist in the event that you start your period without adequate protection or during an inconvenient time. This is just to ensure you are ready for the “what if” moment as there is nothing worse than not being ready in the event your period surprises you a little early or a bit later than expected. My daughter always keeps a back up pair of pants and undies in her locker at school “just in case”. I recommend this for everyone as it truly helps you to feel more confident while waiting for your period to begin. Preparedness = Confidence.
3) Take Care Of Your Body
Taking care of you body is of utmost importance when you want to ensure that you feel happy as well as comfortable while on your period. There are several factors that will be a part of this and all of them are equally important.
*Stay Hydrated: It is super important to stay hydrated during your period. Staying hydrated will help in the area of bloating and you should try to drink 9 cups or 2 liters of water per day to stay optimally hydrated. This is easy as you can take your water on the go with you as well if needed.
*Eat Healthy Foods: It is important to not give into your cravings when on your period and to continue eating healthy foods as they will ensure that you get the necessary vitamins that will help regulate your period and relieve period symptoms. You should eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins. Eat healthy snacks like apples and peanut butter or fresh fruit and yogurt with granola when you have cravings and avoid foods high in sugar and salt, like in junk foods. These types of foods can actually make your symptoms worse and make you feel worse overall.
*Get Enough Sleep: Ensure that you get plenty of sleep while on your period as this can reduce the stress that a period can cause on your mind and body. You will fell refreshed and rejuvenated in the morning, and you will have all of the energy you can need to make it through your day. Make sure you get a solid 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night while on your period.
*Take A Warm Bath: Take a warm bath with lavender oils as lavender essence can treat your cramps and help you to feel relaxed. Fill up the tub with warm water and as the water is running, pour a couple of drops of lavender oil into the running water. Lavender is known to promote relaxation and increases the release of endorphins in your body which will make you feel good.
4) Increase Your Endorphins
This is where the happy comes in. You need to do things to promote and stimulate the endorphins in your body and this will help you to feel good and stay happy while on your period. These are also beneficial things that will be good to do everyday, even when your period is over, as it results in a happy and positive mindset that will project into your everyday life and bring you amazing results.
*Exercise: Exercising during your period is a great way to relieve cramps and to release endorphins in your body. I know this sounds like the time that you will not want to even think of exercising, but try it once and you will see why it is so important to ensuring a healthy mindset while on your period. Endorphins are hormones that are secreted in the brain that help to diminish pain and increase positive feelings and this is one step I will never leave out as it works for me and will most definitely work for you. You can do light exercise like yoga, stretching, brisk walking and biking. You do not need to over exert yourself, but you do want to get your blood flowing.
*Eat Dark Chocolate: Eating dark chocolate can cause your body to release endorphins as well but you have to be careful as to not over indulge as eating too much chocolate can have reverse effects since chocolate does have a high sugar content. Simply treat yourself to 1 or 2 pieces at a time and enjoy every bite.
*Enjoy A Coffee Or Latte: Caffeine, in moderation, can boost your energy levels and mood and it can help you to feel more mentally alert, creative and productive. Just like dark chocolate, coffee helps to release mood-boosting hormones that will make you feel better overall and the pick me up is perfect if you feel tired while on your period.
*Pamper Yourself: Pampering yourself while on your period will give your mood a positive boost and lets face it… who doesn’t love an excuse to pamper yourself? Instead of lying around doing nothing, go get yourself a manicure or pedicure, treat yourself to a hair cut or blowout, or maybe even treat yourself to a fabulous massage. Massages can relieve period symptoms like bloating and cramping and massages release endorphins in your body too.
*Watch A Funny Movie: Treating yourself to a funny movie that makes you laugh will also release endorphins in your body and let’s be honest…. who doesn’t love a good laugh at times? Try watching your favorite comedy with a group of friends and you will see your mood boost as well as your confidence.
So remember, when that time of the month hits… do not get stressed and anxious. Follow these tips to help you stay confident and happy while on your period through proper preparation, adequate protection and healthy diet and exercise. You will see that your period is not a big deal at all and before you know it will be over!