Are you feeling bloated, gassy, and emotional? I know exactly how you are feeling and sometimes it can feel really crappy and I am here to help you feel a little better by giving you 5 tips to help you fight the period blues!
Do you always feel gassy, bloated, depressed, angry, frustrated and just about every emotional feelings roaming through your body during your period? Well, if the answer is yes, then welcome to my club, because this is totally me and the good news is we are not alone!
The reason why I decided to write this post was because I wanted to share some tips that had help me get through my period blues, but, also at the same time to create a space where women can connect and share their stories and tips to make their week go smoother and to feel like they are not alone! (so please feel free to share your stories and tips in the comment section or DM me on instagram!)
1. Got period acne? First try to reduce intake of sugar and dairy.
If you are breaking out with acne right before or during your period, then try to avoid sugar and dairy! Although a tub of ice cream and a chocolate bar can make you feel better emotionally, but unfortunately it can make your acne situation worse since sugar and dairy are very inflammatory.
Also, it is also very important to stay as stress free as possible since stress can bring on more acne.
2. Eat nutritiously.
It is very important to take care of yourself even if you are not feeling well and not wanting to get out of bed because it feel like someone is squeezing your ovaries! Here are a list of food to eat and not eat during your period!
WHAT TO EAT:
- Water: It helps de-bloat and fights PMS symptoms.
- Ginger: Calms the stomach and cramping pain.
- Dark Leafy vegetables: A great source of nutrients and iron.
- Omega rich foods: Consume eggs and seafood to help with PMS symptoms and to fuel overall health.
- Dark Chocolate: Improves iron level and PMS symptoms.
WHAT NOT TO EAT:
- Sugar and Dairy: It’s very inflammatory and can cause acne breakout and sugar crash. Consume in moderation to prevent drastic mood swing.
- Salt: Can cause bloating.
- Spicy and fried foods: It can cause upset stomach.
- Alcohol: It can dehydrate you and cause nausea and dizziness.
RECIPES TO TRY:
3. Exercise and get plenty of sleep.
One of the best way to improve PMS is to do light exercises (walking or yoga for an hour a day) as it circulates blood flow and eases cramping pain. Another important thing is to get plenty of sleep. Although sometime period can make it hard for you to sleep comfortably, it is essential to get plenty of sleep in order to maintain a healthy body and happier mood.
4. Binge watch your favorite show!
There’s nothing better than to watch a show while feeling crappy. I love watching K-drama and C-dramas and pretend like I am the main female character and feel the butterflies when they finally kiss in episode 16. (am I the only ones think that its really romantic when they don’t kiss until later in the show?) If you are looking for shows to watch, here are some of my favorites!
SHOWS TO WATCH:
- Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (Netflix)
- Crash Landing On You (Netflix)
- Her Private Life (Netflix)
- Perfect And Casual (Iqiyi, youtube)
- Forever and Ever (Iqiyi, youtube)
5. Try a supplement.
(This is not sponsored!)I have personally tried de lune’s steady mood, cramp aid, and energy flow tea. They are all made with natural and pronounceable herbal ingredients. Overall, I can say that they are a big help! I had accidentally found them through instagram and decided to try their products since I started noticing that I get extremely emotional during my period. The only thing is, I do not take the supplement or the tea as soon as I get my period or for the duration unless its really bad! (like omg someone is squeezing my ovaries, or I am gonna fight with you, and want to cry kind of bad!)
These are the only supplement products that I have tried so far and I would only recommend this as your last absolute solution.