10 Hacks to Help You Become a Period Ninja
A part of life that we all love to hate
It's that time of the month again. You know, your monthly visitor? Do you feel like your monthly cycle is a time where it's hard to get anything done? Do you find yourself feeling drained, tired, and moody every month? It's no surprise that the menstrual cycle can take such a toll on our bodies.
Cramps, bloating, mood swings, and cravings, just to name a few, and the list goes on. I know the feeling. Let's face it.
Periods are tough. But don't worry! There are many ways we can make periods less of an inconvenience in your life.
The struggle is real when it comes to managing periods, but the following hacks can help you become a period ninja!
1. Use a period tracking app to know when it's coming
Was it last month, the day after I went to the dentist? Or maybe two weeks ago? Has it been three weeks already or more?
Don't keep guessing when was your last period. Track it every month with a period tracking app, and be prepared.
This way, you'll be able to know when the next one will come, so there are no surprises!
Have you had your period on the day you wore those white pants at work? You can eliminate these "accidents" by tracking your cycle. Just add the data and let the app do its work and remind you the next period.
If you have a regular period, you'll probably know the exact date of your next period.
However, if it is irregular, you'll be able to guess approximately when it will come.
A great way to feel safe is to use pads before your expected period date. This way, if you have your period early, it won't catch you by surprise.
2. Carry a tampon and pads in your bag at all times
Periods sometimes are unexpected. That is why you should always keep tampons and pads in your bag.
It's essential to keep a girlie kit with you at all times. You never know when your period could strike. You might be the one who is caught off guard or a friend of yours.
They won't take much space in your bag, and they can be life-saving.
I always have some kind of pads, tampons, and painkillers with me at all times. I don't want to find out the hard way what happens when Mama Nature shows who's boss!
3. Bring a change of clothes to work
Having clothes with you at work can save your life. Sometimes your period might be unexpected, or you might have heavy menstrual bleeding.
Having an extra pair of clothes to wear will help you feel secure just in case you need them.
If you ever stained your clothes and wore your coat for the rest of the day at work, you probably know how awkward it feels.
I always bring an extra set with me, or I make sure to wear layers!
Nowadays, we live busy lives where multitasking has become the norm for most people.
When these hectic hours coincide with menstruation, things get even more complicated.
Bringing along some spare clothing isn't just helpful but essential if you want to avoid an accident.
4. Use a heating pad to help relieve cramps
Using a heating pad is the best thing for helping to relieve cramps and soothing sore muscles.
Heat will help your muscles relax and alleviate pain. Wear light clothes and place the heating pad on your abdominal area. The pad shouldn't be in direct contact with your skin because the heat can cause burns.
If you don't have a heating pad, other things can be used to create heat for your abdomen area, such as hot water bottles or microwavable rice packs wrapped in cloths and towels. Just wait for them to cool down enough not to burn yourself.
5. Use disposable period underwear when traveling
If you're a female traveler, you may have to deal with menstruation's inconvenience, which can make your life harder.
Luckily you can use disposable period underwear that will help alleviate some stress and hassle during this time!
You can also use them when you have a heavy flow and don't want to ruin your underwear and clothes with stains.
Disposable menstrual underwear is lined with soft fabric on the inside and a waterproof layer around it.
This type of underwear can be used for up 12 hours before being changed. They are very practical when traveling or camping outdoors as they don't need any other external care during your period.
Disposable period underwear can make life easier!
6. Keep some chocolate handy for those PMS cravings
Dark chocolate is a delicious treat at any time, but especially if you're menstruating.
Getting your fair share of cocoa can help ease stress because it has mood-boosting properties.
It's full of vitamins and minerals that you need during this time, like iron, to minimize your fatigue or magnesium for those pesky cramps!
Chocolate is also good because its sugar can help with low blood pressure as well.
Even though chocolate helps in some ways, there are a few downsides - overeating could lead not only to weight gain and acne breakouts from the high amount of sugars.
So be careful what type/brand you eat.
7. Sleep on top of a towel or use period bed sheet protectors
There is nothing worst than having your period cramps and waking up in the morning to find your sheets stained.
You can easily prevent this from happening by using an old towel or a period bed sheet protector underneath your body.
In the winter you can also wear pajama trousers to add another layer between you and your sheets.
Knowing that you won't wake up to a nightmare will help you sleep better and give you the freedom to toss and turn during the night without worrying about any accidents.
8. Buy cute and comfortable underwear to wear during your periods
Do you know what is the best thing about wearing comfortable underwear on your period?
You will feel comfortable, which can make a difference when you deal with bloating, cramps, and period discomfort.
The last thing you want on your period is to wear underwear that is uncomfortable and doesn't hold everything in place.
Choosing underwear that is anti-bacterial, seamless, tagless, and won't show under clothing can help manage periods' discomfort.
9. Carry around wet wipes for easy clean-up on the go
Wet wipes can be a lifesaver. You can carry them around with you, and they are great when on the go.
They're portable, discreet, sanitary & take care of messes quickly. I like carrying wet ones in my bag, so I always have some handy if there's an emergency.
You can use feminine or baby wipes because they can be more gentle than toilet paper.
You will feel refreshed as if you walked out of the shower!
10. Sleep as much as you can
One tip for easing menstrual pain is to get plenty of sleep.
Getting enough rest can help reduce your discomfort since it helps regulate hormone levels and allows your body to relax.
A hot shower before going to bed will help your muscles relax. If you suffer from severe cramps, the best thing you can do is use over-the-counter pain killers, cover yourself with blankets and let your body get warm.
Sometimes it's better to take the day off and let yourself rest.
The most important thing to remember during this time is to take good care of yourself, so your body can do what it needs the way nature intended!
Use these hacks to make your life easier during your period and feel your best!