In a nutshell, period cramps are awful. The pain even has different ranges, too, from mild to it’s-just-so-painful-I’m-going-to-faint. No, I’m not making up the part about fainting. I know a lot of women who have fainted and vomited from cramps, myself included. That being said, no woman should ever experience another painful period again. Of course there are medications to take for faster pain relief, but these are dangerous too because the body can become tolerant to it, leading it to want more and more of the painkillers which is never a good idea. But, with these six tips to naturally and effectively relieve yourself from your period cramps, you will never have to writhe in pain again.
Let’s get physical, physical
Exercise is one of the top recommended pain relievers for those who suffer from menstrual or stomach cramps because it helps blood flow more freely and releases endorphins which will counteract the pain you feel. But I’m not talking about strenuous exercise that will have you sweating profusely, light exercise is the best such as yoga or walking because it’s just enough to get those endorphins released, but not so tiring that you won’t be able to move afterwards.
I’m a little teapot
Put your coffee down and grab some chamomile tea. There are numerous teas that help relieve you from your painful period, but chamomile tea is the best because it has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce the uterus from contracting and chamomile is known as a mild sedative. The heat from the tea also helps to relax the uterus or stomach as well. It’s healthy and a natural pain reliever!
Bring in the good juju
Trade in your processed food for healthier alternatives such as fresh fruits and vegetables to restore balance in your body. Cut out coffee and dairy too because they can constrict the blood vessels, which in turn will lead to even more painful cramps for you. Ouch!
Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream
If none of the pain relievers mentioned have worked for you in the past, try sleeping! Sleeping will help you forget about the pain and let your body naturally do its work to make you feel more comfortable. It doesn’t require much effort, it’s cheap, and it’s easy to do!
Like drinking tea, using a hot compress or heating pad over your stomach or uterus is ideal for period pain relief because it helps to relax the organs and allow blood to flow more. It’s a relaxing method that will make you feel like you are at a spa or are getting a massage.
Mind over matter
Last, but not the least, is mind over matter. When you have period cramps, as much as possible, try not to think about it. Think about happy things or do something that will easily distract you from the pain! It may sound hard, especially if your cramps are really painful, but you just have to try and relax and think about something else. Breathe in and out, timing it to the contractions to help oxygen flow to the uterus and stomach, relieving it from that constricting feeling.
Do you have any other tried and tested tips you would like to share with your fellow sisters? Let us know by just leaving a comment below!
Love, HB x