How to survive when period pain is killing you — but you can't take the day off
Have you ever sat at work and googled "Can period cramps kill you"? Yup, we get it. As sad as it is, we're still a long way from period leaves being the norm rather than a rarity that needs to be greatly accoladed.
So on the days when your period is quite literally weighing you down but so are the multiple deadlines you have to attend to, there are a few fixes you can turn to.
Keep yourself hydrated
Water seems like the solution to 90% of our problems, and rightly so. Water helps reduce bloating and uterine contractions.
Anti-inflammatory food for the win!
The urge to reach out for the tub of ice cream may be really, REALLY high but try not to cave in. Sugar can be rather detrimental when it comes to period cramps. So stick to food Leafy green vegetables, almonds, walnuts, and pineapples to relieve cramps and promote blood flow.
Say NO to coffee
Your energy levels tend to droop on your period, and coffee may seem like a quick fix. But caffeine causes your blood vessels to narrow, making your cramps a lot more painful. instead opt for non-caffeinated drinks like our Herbal PCOS Tea. It energizes you and keeps the cramps at bay.
No, we're not saying that you need to run a marathon but studies suggest that 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week significantly reduced the severity of menstrual cramps over the course of eight weeks.
Take a little help from supplements
Supplements like The Basics For PMS & Cramps use the power of natural herbs to help reduce symptoms of PMS and periods. Taking one capsule a day could help you contain the many annoying problems you face every month.
Give massage therapy a go
Studies suggest that massages may reduce uterine spasms by relaxing the uterus. Pro tip: Go for a full body massage and pamper yourself, cause you absolutely deserve it!
See a certified expert who can help you find pressure points in your body that can help increase blood flow and release endorphins. These small steps could help relieve aches and pain sans pain killers.
Get some stretches in
Exercises that work your core are as good for cramps as a massage. Start with a few deep breaths while lying on your back with bent knees and slowly progress to poses like bound angel, bridge, and staff.
Looking for more?
Check out this reel where our team shares tips on how the deal with periods when the work won't stop!