Menstruation is the biological process of the human body. Every month, females aged from puberty to 52-55 years experience menstruation for 2 to 7 days. In periods, women experience various symptoms, such as cramps, irritation, mood swings, and cravings. And sometimes, during the pre-menstruation & menstruation time, women tend to feel low in energy.
It is essential to understand that while on period, taking the proper care of your health is crucial, along with balancing personal life, school, family, careers, and menstruation & hormonal change every month.
Most women consider self-care secondary when it comes to managing their family & professional life. According to Cristiana Sandor, CEO of Stetho Health Systems, “Sometimes, it seems like the dictionary of women lacks self-care, but it is vital to understand that a broken piece cannot fix someone else’s life without fixing herself’s first.”
So, to help you better care for yourself during menstruation, we are here with some easy self-care tips. Read further to learn all the tips.
4 Self-Care Tips You Can Follow During and Before Menstruation:
1. Eat Right
During menstruation, women often tend to crave sugar and carbs, and it can be hard to fight those cravings. Yes, it is okay to eat your favorite snacks, but it is also important to remember to make healthy choices. Eating lots of carbs, sugar, and unhealthy food can cause your energy levels to crash, leading to bloating, water retention, and mood swings. To tackle all such issues, it is necessary to maintain the right balance between eating healthy and satisfying your cravings.
Eating leafy green vegetables, chicken, fish, and dark chocolate provides healthy nutrients your body lacks during menstruation. Therefore, always eat right and make healthy substitutes for your diet. Even if you indulge in your favorite snacks during menstruation, don’t forget to eat a nutritious meal at least once a day and drink 7-8 glasses of water daily.
During exercise, your body releases endorphins, a natural painkiller released by the body that helps to minimize the effects of period cramps. Aerobic activities such as swimming, walking, and cycling can help your body release endorphins. When your body releases these endorphins, it helps reduce menstrual symptoms, such as cramping, and helps distract your body from the pain that occurs when women are menstruating. It is essential to listen to your body and don’t push it too hard that you risk your overall health. Also, remember to stay hydrated and supply your body with proper nourishment.
3. Take a Warm Bath
The Automatic Nervous System (ANS) regulates the internal organs to maintain homeostasis or prepare the body for action. When taking a bath, the parasympathetic branch of the ANS is in effect; this helps put the body at ease, reducing stress and alleviating the discomfort from menstrual cramps. Limiting stress and relieving pain can help your body feel more relaxed and comfortable, determining mood swings. Therefore, a bath with warm water during menstruation can help ease your mind and body.
4. Listen to a Podcast or Read a Book
Menstruation is already a state of hormonal imbalance that affects your physical and mental health, so indulging in activities that help soothe its effects is vital. Taking time to listen to a podcast or read a book and creating a relaxed space can help you take your mind off the symptoms of menstruation and give you a little break from all that life throws your way.
Health is our most enormous wealth; therefore, taking care of ourselves is necessary. With Stetho Health Systems, we want to emphasize the importance of self-care during menstruation so that women can show up every day as their unique best selves. Indulging in relaxing activities, eating right, and staying active can help improve mental and physical health during menstruation. Along with these tips, getting the proper rest, staying hydrated, following suitable sanitation methods, and investing in the appropriate sanitary products are extremely important to improving your menstrual health. Also, you can do various activities to practice self-care, find activities you enjoy, and help reduce menstrual symptoms.