Having your period during a pandemic can be extra difficult to cope with – your cycle might be thrown off from feeling stressed, you may not be able to see the people that usually bring you comfort, and it’s just one more thing on your plate to deal with each month. But it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, for those of us who are safe at home with access to period products, there are good things about having your period during lockdown.
1 – Go to work in your pyjamas
During your period, there’s nothing better than chilling out in your favourite comfy clothes. Anything soft, stretchy, and slouchy makes for the perfect period outfit. If you’re working from home right now because of coronavirus, good news: you can wear your comfiest clothes to work! Who has to know you’re wearing pyjama bottoms to your Zoom meeting or having a quick lie down to cope with the cramps?
2 – Extra time to snooze
The normal daily commute to work can add at least an extra hour onto the working day – an hour that could be put to better use with the snooze button. Feeling fatigued is a common PMS symptom and working from home means that when menstrual fatigue kicks in you can stay in bed a little longer. Getting some extra sleep before ‘commuting’ downstairs will help you to feel better rested and ready to take on the day.
3 – You can’t skip the gym if it’s closed
It’s true that exercising on your period can help relieve cramps, but sometimes it’s the last thing you feel like doing. With gyms currently closed to follow social distancing measures, you won’t be paying for a gym membership you’re not using – and nobody’s keeping track of how many home workouts you’ve done this week 😉 If you’re looking for some gentle ways to keep moving, these yoga poses are great for easing period pains and won’t work up too much of a sweat.
4 – Social activities are already cancelled
You might be missing your busy social calendar but consider it lucky when you’re PMSing! Nobody will see your breakouts, you can snack free of judgement and you won’t have to cope with hangovers as well as period pains. Use this time wisely by making plans with yourself and take it easy instead – your body will thank you for the me-time.
5 – Baked goods are the new black
From banana bread to sourdough to focaccia. Your period cravings will be pleased to know that baking seems to be the pastime that’s keeping the world busy during lockdown. Now’s the perfect opportunity to give it a go and enjoy the delicious rewards!
How are you staying period positive during lockdown? Tell us in the comments.