*this post is part of TOTM’s #TalkingPeriods campaign, the aim of which is to lessen the social taboo that surrounds periods.
While periods are a natural part of life, they can be pretty shit at times.
Cramps from hell, mood swings, breakouts, and low mood can all result in you dreading your period tuning up.
Although the alternative isn’t exactly appealing to me either!
So for days when I’m curled up in bed feeling like someone is repeatedly stabbing me in the womb, I like to keep a few of my favourite things nearby to make me feel a bit better.
Let’s face it, I’m never going to turn down the excuse to eat my body weight in dairy milk.
Or any other brand of chocolate for that matter!
Just like in Harry Potter, chocolate is said to help with depression (a.k.a the Dementors) and if you struggle with low mood during your period, it can be a great way to make yourself feel better.
As I’m sure most of you know by now, I’m predominantly a coffee drinker.
Not that it stops me half the time, but I’ll only ever risk it if I’m safely at home.
If I’m out and about, I make sure to avoid it,
Until now that is. Chris has actually got me hooked on drinking tea.
I don’t know what witchcraft he’s used to accomplish this, but considering I’ve hated the smell of it all my life, I’m impressed!
Best of all, I can drink it while I’m on my period without any of the side effects coffee gives me.
Wheetbag/Hot Water Bottle
I honestly don’t know what I’d do without my wheat bag these days!
I recently picked up a new one from Boots. It’s in the shape of a lamb (who has been officially christened Larry) and I love him!
Not only does he help relieve my cramps but he’s big enough to cuddle, which always makes me feel better.
Yes, I’m almost 24 and I still cuddle teddies when I’m feeling ill.
Hell, I still sleep with one, even when Chris is staying over at mine!
I do have a hot water bottle that my dad bought me which would be much more practical.
Hot water bottles last so much longer than wheat bags and it’s got a cover over it so I won’t burn myself.
However, I burnt myself filling one when I was a teenager and I’ve not dared to use one since!
I’m not even close to being a functional adult…
There’s nothing better than giving yourself a pamper when you’re on your period.
I’m quite lucky in that I’ve never really had a problem with spots or bad skin. Even as a teenager I’d only get one or two big spots a month, which wouldn’t last long as I’d drowned them in tea tree and lavender oil.
But I know this is a big problem for a lot of people, so I’d recommend buying some face wash that contains tea tree in and using it daily while you’re on.
Personally when I’m on I like to use a face mask, get a long hot shower with my favourite body wash and then snuggle up in bed all night watching crime documentaries!
How do you make yourself feel better while on your period?