Do you dread your time of the month? No matter how inconvenient or uncomfortable your periods are, there are ways to make it a more blissful experience. Whether your cycle runs like clockwork or utilizes an element of surprise, your body’s doing its thing and we should celebrate it. Read for our favourite tips to help you transform what you might see as the monthly “curse” into a regular dose of self-love and care, for both your body and your mind.
1. Your period products say a lot about your period
Many conventional pads and tampons use harsh chemicals like chlorine, aluminum, synthetic fragrances, and dyes. Not to mention that most widely used tampons and pads contain plastic, creating a sweaty intimate environment. These ingredients are both damaging to the planet and our bodies, causing discomfort and irritation.
Your skin deserves better! That’s why we suggest using organic and natural products free of plastic, perfumes, chlorine, dyes, and pesticides to protect your most sensitive skin, and allow yourself a comfortable period, free of irritation.
2. Let your body breathe!
Wearing synthetic fabrics blocks the airflow and can create a sweaty environment, this is a perfect playground for microbes and bacteria to flourish, causing irritation. Let your intimate skin breathe by sticking to underwear made from natural fibres such as cotton and bamboo.
3. Pamper your pits!
Once you’re feeling fresh down there, natural deodorant is another way to help you feel fresh everywhere. Humble Brands offers a plethora of artfully created natural deodorants derived from essential oils and botanical extracts to give you lasting protection from odor. Choose from their original 4 ingredient formula or their 100% plant-based, Vegan and Sensitive Skin formula. It’s perfect for sensitive skin to help you smell like yourself, but better!
4. Get outside
Although there are days on your period when you want to curl up into a ball, sometimes moving your body can decrease the intensity of period pains. Listen to your body and find your balance! As tempting as it is to binge watch your favourite Netflix show for 7 days straight, some mild exercise in between will help your body release endorphins to improve your mood and well-being.
5. Honour your cravings mindfully
Do you find your period cravings to be insatiable, consuming all the sugar, fat, and salt in sight? Did you know that what you eat on your period is important for hormone balance? Indulging in a box of chocolates can increase insulin levels, leaving you to feel bloated. And as much as a slice of pizza or a cookie is just as important for the mind and body as fruit and veg, honoring your body’s cravings mindfully with some dark chocolate and foods rich in antioxidants, fibre, and iron, will leave you feeling good from the inside out.
6. Take a warm bath
A warm bath with Epsom salts is a great way to de-stress and feel fresh at the same time! Add 1-2 cups of Epsom salts and treat yourself to a relaxing 20-minute soak. Bonus, a warm bath will also ease the discomfort of painful cramps.
7. Stay hydrated
Drinking lots of water is probably the last thing you want to do when you’re bloated on your period, but it’s very important. Your body is retaining water as fluids leak into surrounding tissues instead of in your blood vessels. Staying hydrated will not only replenish them, but it will relieve other period symptoms such as cramps, bloating, and fatigue.
8. Be kind to yourself!
It’s the simple self-care steps we usually miss during our busy schedules that become most important when we’re on our period. Taking the time to slow down, light a candle, read a book with a cup of tea, and do your skincare routine can do wonders for your mood and soothing your senses. Re-set, relax, and be kind to yourself.
Prioritise your intimate health
Self care doesn’t have to be huge gestures. It can be as simple as choosing products that are suitable for sensitive skin, like Natracare!
We hope these tips help and inspire you to find some of your favourite period products and ways to treat yourself and feel fresh – not only during your period, but all month long!