by Chelsea Krost
There’s no reason for any woman to feel ugly or miserable while having her period. Sure, having your period may cause you to feel bloated, sluggish and a bit cranky, but there are things you can do to manage those feelings. Here are a few tricks that help me feel confident and empowered during my period.
Yoga works wonders!
Yes, you can practice yoga during your period. Yoga is such a relaxing and healthy exercise. It's not strenuous and can help to reduce bloating caused by your period. There are many forms of yoga to experiment with; you just have to explore what agrees with your body. Bikram Yoga is my favourite. The class I take is 90 minutes long and consists of numerous different beginner’s poses. After I take a Bikram class, I feel rejuvenated and flexible, and crave citrus and other healthy foods. I love to go with my girlfriends and make a fun activity out of it. It's a great way to feel good while having your period.
Try Green Tea.
In my opinion, Green Tea has to be one of the best things you can feed your body. Not only does it help boost your immune system, but it soothes the digestive system, helps maintain a healthy metabolism and gives you your caffeine fix in a smaller dose than coffee. Green Tea can also substitute a craving for something sweet or sour.
To make myself feel more positive during my period, I always try to pamper myself a bit more. For instance, I’ll get a manicure with friends, or give myself time for a power nap between classes, or even cook a yummy meal with a lot of protein and vegetables. The more I do for myself the better I feel. Sometimes I’ll even set my alarm 15 minutes early to have more time in the morning to put my makeup on or fix my hair, so I feel good throughout the day. It’s the little things you do for yourself that will help!
I think the best way to look and feel good during your period is to be active and positive. Get yourself to the gym, take that power walk, ride your bike to school, or play with your dog outside - activity is key!
There are no set rules on how to have a happy period, but if you try just some of these suggestions, you might feel a little more beautiful and ready for anything during your period! Your period should only make you feel prouder to be a woman.
The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional.