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10 Ways to Make Your Period Suck Less

Like it or not, if you’re a woman, you’re going to get your period pretty much every month. From the time of your first cycle to menopause, the average woman will have around 450 periods! Added up, this equals about 3,500 days – or TEN years – that you’ll spend bleeding!

We know that sounds pretty grim but rather than pretending it’s not happening, we thought we’d give you our expert tips on how to make the 3,500 days you spend menstruating as guud as possible!

Start Tracking Your Cycle

There is nothing worse than being caught somewhere and unexpectedly getting your period. Rather than fashion a DIY pad out of toilet paper each month, we recommend getting ahead of the game. Start tracking your cycle using one of the many apps available. Many will even give you alerts to let you know your period is due so you can plan accordingly! (Not sure which one is right for you? Check our post rounding up our top picks for period tracking apps!)

Keep Some Spare Pants Handy

Even the best laid plans can sometimes fail. Even if you’re totally on top of your cycle, leaks can’t always be avoided. Consider keeping a spare pair of pants in your bag so you’re not stuck in an uncomfortable situation all day.

Cut Down on Coffee

We know you can feel extra tired when you have your period, so it can be tempting to reach for the caffeine, but caffeine can cause your body to retain more water which can make you feel bloated and worsen cramps. Cutting back on your daily cuppa could make your body a lot happier.

Read more about the influence of coffee on your hormones!

Up Your Iron Levels

When you’re on your period, your iron levels might get a tad low. Avoid the temptation to reach for that greasy burger. Instead, up your iron levels by eating lots of green leafy veg like spinach and kale Also, consider taking a daily supplement with iron in it like Guud Flow.

Plan Your Period Snacks

When you have your period, your hormones can cause all sorts of food cravings, especially salt. But salt can cause you to retain water and make you feel sluggish and bloated. Instead, plan ahead. Make sure you have plenty of period-friendly snacks on hand. We love things like nuts, bananas and a little bit of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is an especially great choice because it contains a lot of magnesium which can help alleviate cramps. You can also add a supplement with magnesium like Guud Vibes to your daily routine to help make sure you’re getting enough.

Get Your Fill of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C

Vitamin B6 can help relieve cravings, exhaustion, mood swings, water retention and bloating. You can get it in things like turkey, fish, chicken, nuts, bananas, potatoes and eggs. Vitamin C will also help reduce your period symptoms too. Stock up on citrus fruits, cranberry juice and if you’re a fan, add some Brussel sprouts in there too.

If you’re looking for a supplement to help, Guud Flow or Guud Vibes are guud options!

Drink Lots of Water

When you have your period, your estrogen levels are low and this can make you a bit dehydrated. Dehydration can make you feel faint or irritable. It can also give you headaches and make your skin feel tight and dry. When you have your period, it is extra important to get lots of water. Carry a water bottle with you and aim for 2-3 litres each day. You can also get some extra water by drinking tea. Many types of tea have been used traditionally to help with menstrual cramps, especially peppermint, ginger or cinnamon teas.

You can also treat yourself to a face mask in the bath. Not only will it help you relax, it will give your skin some much needed hydration.

Increase Your Snooze Time

Get some extra Zzzzs when you have your period (as if you needed an excuse?!)

Sleep is important for lots of bodily functions, such as moving excess fluids from your stomach for removal which helps to alleviate feelings of bloating.

Move!

You might feel like curling up on the couch with a water bottle and Netflix but a little bit of movement can do wonders for your body. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. These feel-good hormones can help alleviate cramps and give you an energy boost. You don’t need to do something intense like go for a run to get the benefits. A stroll in nature, a mindful yoga session or a walk with the dog will do the trick.

Want to learn more about how to exercise according to your cycle? Check out our blog post here.

Treat Yourself

You’ve got about 3,500 days of periods ahead of you. That is too much time to waste feeling sorry for yourself. Instead, try to find a way to embrace your period. It’s a sign that you’re a healthy, fertile goddess of a woman! Consider using your period as a time to do something nice for yourself. Book a massage, get dressed up, put on a clay mask and listen to some jazz. Whatever floats your boat. It doesn’t need to be extravagant and it might just give you a little something to look forward to.