While there are ailments which do require the assistance of health professionals, there are many good habits that can bring comfort during menstruation which apply to all phases of the menstrual cycle. Stress, poor diet, lack of sleep and an irregular lifestyle can easily affect well-being during menstruation. Here are are some simple self help hacks on emotional wellness, diet and exercise.
- Get to know yourself
Before getting into the details of exercises or thinking about changes to your diet, you can ask yourself, “how do I feel?”. Overwork, stress, lack of sleep, lack of time and space for yourself, disregard of your needs and your own inner “rhythm” of life, might disconnect us from feeling what is good for our self. Taking care of our personal self is not a luxury but an essential need just as food and water! Here are a few ways in which you can get to know yourself.
- Know your cycle
- Know your body
- Know your emotions
- Adjust the rhythm of your lifestyle to your cycle
Doing exercise is great for keeping yourself fit and healthy in general. Your fitness program during the whole month will have a good effect on your time of menstruation, as do specific exercises that you can do during your menstruation. Below are some recommended practices.
- Fresh air
- Breathing exercises
Your everyday diet throughout your life can have a big impact on your physical and mental health. But it can be particularly important to pay attention to what you eat and drink during your cycle as certain foods can really benefit you during this time. It’s common to crave sugary and fatty foods in the days before your period as serotonin (the feel good hormone) dips at this time caused by a spike in a hormone called cortisol but it is best to not give in to these cravings if possible as fatty and sugary food are not good for your health
- Taking care of your vaginal flora
The natural vaginal flora is intended to keep you health, so it is best not to interfere with it. The presence of lactobacillus species is part of this system that nature perfectly designed for us to prevent invasion of unwanted bacteria and fungus. They maintain a slightly acidic ph value between 3.8 and 4.5 in which our viginal immune system works best. Yet, wrong washing habits, use of antibiotics and a stressed immune system can disrupt this flora.
It is necessary that we do our best to take care of ourselves. During our menstruation cycles, it is even more important that we take care of our physical as well as mental health. So we must be good to ourselves.