Period Saviours I rely on every month!

Monday, 2 October 2017

As part of the #TalkingPeriods campaign by TOTM, I thought I'd write a little piece on the period saviours that I rely on every month. I say every month, but my periods have been so irregular recently that it's more every couple of weeks or so!

Relaxing baths are a must. I rarely have baths and prefer showers as I'm always on the go and tend to shower in the morning, but a lovely warm bath with bath bombs galore and lovely smelly things can really help me feel better. Just taking the time to relax and have some 'me time' for half an hour with a few candles and a book or so can be a great help to ease the pain.

I have a useless memory and when it comes to remembering when my period is going to start, I have a very vague idea indeed! Thanks to period tracking apps (such as Clue) you can keep track of your period, see when it's going to start and end and track patterns you see throughout your period such as: how much you bleed, fertile window and PMS. This really helps me as I know pretty much exactly what I'm going to experience each time and makes me recognise symptons of my period much better each month.

Like most girls, I crave sweet things on my period. We're all guilty of consuming more than the normal amount of chocolate (an understatement in my case!) but just having a bit of what you fancy can really satisfy your cravings, so don't make yourself feel guilty for that.

Green tea! Green tea is such a fantastic drink that helps me feel way less bloated and will keep you hydrated. It also comes in some great flavour combinations with ingredients such a lemon (full of vitamin C), peppermint (helps with digestion) and grapefruit (helps with bloating).

I have pretty good skin generally, but when it comes to my time of the month, I breakout! Tea tree oil products really help calm the skin. I also love the seaweed collection in the Body Shop as it gets rid of my breakouts really quickly and soothes the skin as they're such natural products, their overnight gel is a favourite of mine.

Drinking plenty of water will help keep you hydrated and make you feel a lot better. Although you may feel bloated it may be because you're not drinking enough water in the first place! Aim to drink about 2L a day. I carry round a waterbottle with me so I can constantly fill it up when I'm on the go and at university. You can also buy waterbottles with a tube down the middle like this one, where you can put fruit (e.g. lemon, strawberries and mint too) and hey presto, flavoured water with added vitamins!

I hope these tips have helped, take a look at the #TalkingPeriods campaign by TOTM for more posts like this and let's be more confident in talking about our periods!

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