I know it can be a total drag, but babe, it doesn’t have to be all doom & gloom!
I know this time of the month can be a real pain in the abdomen (quite literally), but you know how I like to see it? 2-3 days of complete rest, chill, no work just because we’re a woman, haha.
And even though I wish we could all just curl up in bed and cry all day, life has to go on. So why not make it a lil better and relaxed with this period self-care routine to make Aunt Flo’s visit a little less… flow.
Come on, let’s make your period a total self-care party!
1. Pamper Yo’Self with a Sickening Hot Water Bottle Sesh
Okay, first things first: hot water bottles are an absolute game-changer when it comes to cramps. Time to say “bye Felicia” to period pain and get cozy with a nice, toasty heat source.
Bonus points if your hot water bottle has a cute design, like a dope unicorn or fierce forest creature.
Why heat, though? It’s pretty wild, but just like how heat can help ease muscle pain after a killer workout (squats, anyone?), it can also help relax your uterus muscles, making cramps way more bearable.
2. Get Your Zzz’s in (and Maybe a Nap or Two)
Don’t be mad about needing some extra beauty rest during your period. Your body is working overtime when you’re menstruating, so it’s totally legit if you need a few extra zzz’s.
Don’t skimp on your nighttime sleep, and feel free to sneak in a power nap when you’ve got time. Your body’s gonna thank you!
3. Bust a Move (But Like, Gently)
Now, don’t get it twisted – I’m not saying you’ve gotta hit a full-on workout sesh during your period. But a little light movement can actually help keep that blood flowin’ and cramps at bay.
Taking a gentle walk or dancing it out to your fave jam can kick cramps to the curb, plus it’ll brighten your mood by getting those endorphins pumpin’. Win-win, babe!
4. Netflix and… Not Chill?
Okay, so I’m not saying you can’t get your binge-watch on during your period (hello, Stranger Things marathon), but maybe switch things up a bit. Instead of watching an action-packed thriller or a super emotional drama, opt for some light-hearted comedies that’ll have you in stitches (the good kind).
Laughing can help reduce stress and tension in the body – perfect for when those pesky cramps creep up. So go ahead, put on some Parks and Rec or Brooklyn Nine-Nine and let the fun times roll.
5. Make a Gratitude List
During your period, emotions can sometimes ride the rollercoaster; one moment you’re happy, the next you’re feeling meh.
So yeah, you might not be feeling super grateful for your period right now, but THANK goodness you’re not pregnant, hehe.
Plus, focusing on the positives in your life is a guaranteed mood booster. So, channel that energy into something positive by making a gratitude list!
Grab a cute notebook, cozy up with a cup of tea, and jot down things you genuinely appreciate and love about your life. This will boost your mood, bring you loads of good vibes, and remind you of those priceless lil’ things that make life so worth it. Thank me later, darlings 😉
6. Buy Fresh Flowers to Brighten Up the Space
Period time can bring that meh-feeling into your environment too. Say adios to gloom and hello to bloom by buying fresh flowers!
Treat yourself to a vibrant bouquet that brings life, color, and fresh vibes to your space. Your room will be Instagram-worthy, and you’ll be smiling from ear-to-ear – it’s a win-win!
7. Get Comfy in Warm Clothes
Feeling crampy and bloated? That’s when you turn into a self-care superhero! Your mission is to get comfy in those warm clothes – I’m talking fuzzy socks, cute leggings, and an oversized sweater!
Just stepped outta the shower? Wrap yourself in a fluffy robe like a real queen. Say “peace out” to discomfort and “hello” to ultimate coziness.
8. Treat Yo’Self with Nutritious (and Delish) Snacks
Okay, I know that drowning in French fries and demolishing a tub of ice cream is hella tempting when it’s that time of the month. But gurl, you gotta treat your body right!
My ideal period self-care snacks? Foods that are rich in magnesium – they’re proven to reduce cramps, potassium, and calcium, like avocados, bananas, sushi (a lil treat to myself for enduring such a pain, hehe) and even a li’l dark chocolate (70%+ cacao). Score! I also keep some fresh fruit or nuts for an extra healthy kick!
These tasty treats are gonna help ward off those period monsters and keep you feeling 💯.
9. Track Your Periods
Okay, you guys, this one is a game changer! Period trackers have saved my life. Whether you go for an app or prefer to get all bullet journal-y, tracking your periods helps you stay prepared and rock that girl-boss attitude.
Plus, it helps you notice trends in your mood, cravings, and symptoms. Knowing what’s coming can make the whole experience feel a little less like a living nightmare.
I track it on the Health app on my iPhone, and it reminds me 3 days prior to my date, I know exactly (if) I miss my periods due to hormonal or health issues.
10. Stay Hydrated But Drink in Portions to Avoid Bloating
Girl, you know staying hydrated is a must, especially when you’re on your period. Water plays a crucial role in reducing cramps and keeping headaches at bay.
But if you’re worried about bloating, try sipping on water throughout the day instead of chugging a whole bottle in one go. Opt for a reusable water bottle with measurements and take small, consistent sips.
Your body will still get the H2O it needs without blowing up like a balloon. Cheers to that!
11. Avoid Caffeine, Sugar, & Alcohol If Possible
Okay, before you freak out, hear us out. We get that it’s hard to resist that sugary latte, chocolate bar, or glass of vino during your period. But (sadly) these treats can make cramps and PMS symptoms worse.
If you can, try to skip out on them for a few days while your period’s in town. Need a pick-me-up? Try swapping your regular coffee for herbal tea, munch on a sweet yet healthy fruit, and indulge in some self-love activities instead!
12. Indulge in Some Aromatherapy
One super easy at-home self-care idea that instantly picks me up on a bad day is some aromatherapy!
Pamper your senses with calming and soothing scents like lavender, bergamot, or chamomile. Essential oils, bath bombs, candles, or even body lotions – choose your scented weapon, and let the sweet aromas whisk you away into a stress-free wonderland.
13. Channel Your Inner Yogi with Some Bomb.com Yoga Moves
It might sound a li’l cray, but hitting a yoga pose or two can actually help ease period discomfort (wild, right?) Specific poses like child’s pose and supine twist can be super soothing during this time of the month.
Not only does yoga help stretch out those pesky cramp muscles, but it also helps you focus on your body and breathe in a hella positive way.
14. Bring Out the Crafty Queen Within
Turn that menstrual energy into some creative magic! Choose a crafty project that piques your interest – painting, knitting, journaling, or even trying out some bullet journal spreads.
Unleash your inner artiste and brighten up your period with some creative flair. Who knows, you might just come up with your next masterpiece to celebrate #PeriodPower!
15. Take a Li’l Extra T.L.C. Time
Last but not least, don’t forget to take care of yourself during your period. This may seem like an obvious tip, but it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and ignore our bodies’ needs.
So whether it’s taking a relaxing bath with some soothing essential oils or just curling up with a good book, make sure you give yourself some extra love and attention during this time. Your body (and mind!) will thank you.
Bye queen, you’ve got this!
So there you have it, my fave period self-care tips that are equal parts fun and fabulous! Remember, self-care is vital for your mental, emotional, and physical well-being – especially during that time of the month.
So give these tips a whirl and show your period who’s boss. You’ve got this, queen!