It’s that time of the month again. The time when you begin to feel fatigued. Taking naps during the day. Cramping. Bloating. Craving fried foods and enough chocolate to feed a small army.
So, how can you get through this time of the month (every month) without losing your sanity?
1. Take an iron supplement. Once your period begins, start taking an OTC iron supplement (check with your doctor first). This will help keep you from feeling overly fatigued from the loss of blood.
2. Take it easy. Don’t do anything too strenuous. Allow this to be a week off from workouts and any stressful activities. Your body is in a weakened state right now and you should nurture it.
3. Eat a little chocolate every day. Just a little. A few Hershey kisses. Half of a candy bar. A slither of chocolate cake. Just something to take the edge off and give you that little boost of serotonin your body is craving.
4. Invest in a great pair of jeggings. They are warm and stretchy and give you just enough room to be comfortable, especially when you’re feeling that water weight bloat.
5. Journal it out. With your hormones raging, you’re bound to be emotional. Instead of taking it out on your hubby or kids, write out all of your rants, disappointments and aggravations in your journal. Nothing is worse than saying something you don’t mean when you’re pms’ing.
6. Take your vitamins and eat well. Making sure to get enough vitamins and minerals in your diet can help offset any of the ill effects of hormone changes.
7. Sleep. Your body needs rest. Don’t worry about the laundry or the dishes or that pile of clothes in the middle of the floor. You can get to those things later. For now, just relax. Take that nap in the middle of the day. Go to bed early. Your body will thank you for it.
8. Use an app like Tampon Reminder for an alert to change your tampons regularly. Also, be sure to utilize panty liners to prevent any messes due to leakage. Know your flow and use the appropriate size(s) for each day of your period. Period panties are not cute pretty girls!
9. Drink plenty of water. Drinking water actually helps banish bloating. I aim to drink a gallon of water every day and a little extra during that time of the month.
10. Don’t worry about the scale. Every pretty girl gains a few pounds before her period. And when it goes off, it takes those pounds with it.