Grab your "Grannie Panties", time to assemble the troops, AKA my personal survival kit & guide for your next period.
Mother Nature has a kind way of reminding us women that we are not pregnant. Well that is if you consider bleeding constantly, with the feeling of World War Three going on in your stomach a "kind way".
With the amount of pain a period can give you, along with several other side effects (mine include: Tiredness, weak muscles, headaches, cries way too easily, swelling in several uncomfortable places and much more, it depends to be honest.) Getting out of bed everyday is super hard for us girls, let alone going to school or work. So let me guide you through a day on my period and what I use/do to make the day tolerable and comfortable!
Mornings are already hard enough. The period makes mornings ten times harder. So here are my simple tips and advice to help your long period mornings. When you wake up, you may feel gross or just drained. As usual, wash your face, brush your teeth, give yourself time to shower the next morning (if needed, but I shower in the mornings on my period everyday!)
After you are feeling clean, head to your room, and pick out the COMFIEST outfit you can! My period attire consists of, leggings, over-sized tee's, sock with sandals, a sweater (I get on and off cold) and a sports bra with grannie panties underneath. NEVER wear lingerie you care about during your period, that is common knowledge but this is your REMINDER!
(If you do wear an item you love on accident, spray some Shout Stain Remover on it!)
Make sure you give yourself enough time to pack up tampons/pads/cups for the day, along with the proper amount of pain killer you need!
Mid-Day/ What to Eat/ What to take.
Okay, when I am half way through the day, that is usually when it is the worst period time. For lunch, I attempt to pack myself the freshest things I have. For example, a fruit bowl, veggie tray, salad, things like that. Of course on my period I have my fattening snacks that I adore, but grease and sugar can actually make your cramps worse, along with several other foods we adore, (source, https://www.eatthis.com/foods-for-period-symptoms/https://www.eatthis.com/foods-for-period-symptoms/ ) that is why packing any greasy, fattening food for the middle of the day is an awful idea. You might not finish the day without awful cramps!
Mid-Day is when I always take my medication for either the first or second time of the day. By then it has already been 4-6 hours since I have taken it last, and that is the recommended time to take more medication/pain reliever.
My go to pain reliever is "Brazen". During my period, I do not like to put lots of medication in my body. My body is already going through a lot, I do not need to throw tons of pills on tops of it. That is why I use Brazen for my pain relief. It is a natural substance, and it smells like cinnamon! The best part is, all of the ingredients are natural, cruelty free, and it actually helps. It is a subscription box, and it arrives to your door as soon as your cycle starts. HIGHLY recommend this product, especially if you are like me and love natural products!
Basically, take the mid-day as a time to regenerate, drink water, change your pad/tampon/cup, get fresh food, sit down if you need to, or if you have been sitting all day I suggest walking around! Being slightly active always helps me with my cramps. Remind yourself the day is almost over and soon you can go home!
Congratulations, you made it through your whole day and you are home. I like to change when I get home from work, so that is a suggestion of mine, it helps you feel nice and fresh.
The evening is all yours! Lay down if you need it, for a heating pad I always use my "Warmie" Warmies are stuffed animals, full of heating beads, they also smell like fresh lavender. Once you finish warming it up it is your new cuddling best friend. I got mine from Aerie, but here is the companies website, HIGHLY recommend these for bad cramps, WARMIES!
Your night time routine should almost stay the same. The only difference to my routine, I increase my skin care routine time. My period helps me break out very easily, therefore I add an extra 5-10 minutes to get all of the dirt and oil off. Sometimes I use my essential oil diffuser, but when on my period, I always use it with lavender oil! I also rub some lavender oil on my temples, and where my stomach hurts the most. The scent is calming, and really helps me sleep better!
And that is how I survive my monthly beat downs from Mother Nature! I hope this helps some of my friends out there and goodluck to all of my loves out there dealing with awful periods. Thank you for reading! And as usual follow my Instagram that is on the right of the screen! >