Getting your period is probably one of the most dreadful week you sadly have to endure every month. It is a time when the natural chemicals inside your body goes haywire , causing moodiness, bloated belly and breakouts. Sigh. Luckily, we have the solutions to make your period a little bit more bearable. Taken a cue from Women’s Health, we’ve rounded up the Top 5 ways to beat the menstrual blues:
Try This Yoga Move
Exercise is probably the last thing you want to do when your period rears its ugly head, but the simple yoga move known as “legs up the wall” can actually help ease your cramps.
Put an End to Breakouts
“If you have mild breakouts and oily skin [the week before your period], doing simple things like switching to a gel- or foam-based cleanser will help get these under control,” says Jennifer MacGregor, M.D., a dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City. “Using glycolic washes or peels will also help.”
MacGregor also suggests swapping in a lighter moisturizerâ€”she likes EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 ($30, dermstore.com), which offers skin-calming niaminicide in addition to sun protection.
Choose Snacks Wisely
Fight bloat by guzzling plenty of H2Oâ€”and skipping high-sodium snacks, says Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D., author of Read It Before You Eat It. She recommends munching on foods that are high in B1 and B2 vitamins, like fortified breads and cereals, to soothe cramps. As a bonus, the carbs will boost your serotonin levels, resulting in a less grouchy mood. Taub-Dix also likes yogurt because the calcium may help take the edge off a bad mood (and a cup gives you about 200 milligrams). If you’ve got a sweet tooth, she suggests sprinkling a few dark chocolate chips in to trail mix and keeping a zip-top baggie of it at your desk before you start PMSingâ€”by planning ahead, you’ll ensure you’ve got a healthy snack ready for you, and you’ll avoid over-indulging with a controlled portion.
Take the Right Meds
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like Motrin and Advil are your best bet, says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine. These medications block your body from making more prostaglandins, chemicals released during your period that squeeze the smooth muscles in your uterus (ouch!), causing cramps and in some cases, diarrhea. “The key is to take them early,” says Minkin, “because once prostaglandins are there, they do their thing.” Since there’s a chance they could bother your stomach, she advises popping your pill with food or a glass of milk.
Clean Blood Stains Easily
Nope, you don’t have to throw out that pair of pricey Victoria’s Secret undies. For a new stain, run the fabric under cold or lukewarm water and use hand or bath soap to get rid of it. You can also try DIYing with a packet of salt, a few spoons of baking soda, or crushed up aspirin.-Women’s Health