Periods are something which affect a most women. For some women they barely feel their periods however, there is a lot of women who struggle every single month. Since having Jess period pain is something which I have struggled with more. This has seen me have to use a number of methods which have helped reduced the pain which I occur because of periods. Today I am going to share with you some of the tips to help reduce the amount of pain. Hopefully this will help some of you who may not have used some of these methods.
This is something which I seem to neglect a lot. You need to be able to keep hydrated as of course, you are losing fluids. You need to make sure that you can drink between 6 to 8 glasses of water. I try and make sure that I always have water as close to me as possible. Of course, this is going to make sure that you are less bloated this is problem which can occur to me when it is time of the month.
Reduce Caffeine intake
If you reduce the amount of caffeine it can help reduce period pains. Of course, caffeine is in chocolate as well as tea and coffee. I have found this to be one which is a little bit effect for me. I do not completely cut it out but if I am in a lot of pain I do try and take less coffee. This could just be psychological however, it is something which does work for me.
You may want to have painkillers to hand this is something which I have to do. Make sure that you do not take too many of them because you need the safe amount. Tablets such as ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This will help reduce the pain because of course period pain is caused as a result of uterine contractions. In some cases you may want to visit the doctors to be able to get stronger painkillers such as Naproxen if you really suffer.
Applying a heating pad, heat wrap, or hot water bottle this can work wonders for reducing period pains. This is because heat helps muscles relax. I can often be found with a hot water bottle on my stomach. Usually this is something which I have to do at night. Sometimes a hot shower can help. Make sure that you do not use too much heat because you do not want to boil. Sometimes I can find myself getting too warm in the night if I apply too much heat.
This is something which most of us want to avoid when period pain hit. Exercise releases endorphins which make you feel better. I am not saying that you should go all out and do a hard session however, a light amount of exercise may be ideal. Something such as going for a brisk walk or a jog. Stretching can also help so much something like Yoga I can imagine is amazing for this. Light exercise may reduce period pains which means you do not need to curl in a ball as often. Of course, listening to your own body and not over doing it is important.
I am unsure if this is one which applies to people who do not get period pains in their back. I find there to be nothing better than a back massage. I usually demand Joe to give me one of those because it does seem to help reduce the pain. Massage does actually increase blood flow. Of course, you could use oils however, this is something which I usually opt against. Usually this is because I want a massage when we are going to bed.
Of course, sleep is something which we all love and usually want more of. Going to bed at the same time and getting adequate sleep can help your overall health and mood. If you feel better about yourself a bit more human this is going to help you cope with the pain. I try and sleep as much as possible when I am suffering because for me it doesn’t hurt as much when I am asleep. If I am trying to cut down on the amount of caffeine I am drinking sleep is something for sure I should get more of.
Of course, these are going to help soothe muscle cramps. It is the hot water which helps soothe the muscles cramps. You can use your favourite bubble bath if this is going to help make you feel better. I like to use some Lush products in order to reduce my pain. Of course when you are struggling with pain self care is as important if not more so.
What do you do to help reduce period pains?