The perfect self-care kit for your period
Menstruation kinda gets a bad rap... In commercials, it's often personified as the monster coming to ruin your day or your good underwear. We often refer to it's arrival as "that time of the month". While your period comes baring gift's, we tear open the proverbial wrapping paper to find frustrating fatigue, confining cramps, horrific headaches and mood swings.
So, how can we break the cycle of dreading our cycle's? Many women have found their answer in absolute self-care. Here's a guide to help you prep for your period.
The physical symptoms can often be the most debilitating. Abdominal cramps, lower back pain, breast tenderness, bloating and headaches make Ibuprofen a must have for your self care kit. Still feeling uncomfortable? Throw in a fluffy blanket and hot water bottle, bean bag or heated blanket for extra coziness.
Steaming using our Blend twice in the week leading up to your period can assist tremendously in easing your menstrual cramps as well as a heavy flow. Additionally, our Glow Fertility Tea helps in relieving PMS symptoms and regulating menstruation.
Whether or not your periods are particularly painful, discomfort tends to be a hallmark of menstruation. We feel more restless than refreshed, so creating small moments of comfort is key. A quick way to maximise the cozy vibes is by tapping into your sense of touch and smell. Scented candles, refreshing lotions, soft blankets, and comfy socks all help set the tone of luxury so get that in your kit!
For your mood
Menstruation cycles are characterised by hormonal fluctuation that can greatly impact ones emotional and mental health. Some may become more tired than usual, feel slightly antisocial, or experience mood swings. Other's cope with significant disorders such as Peri-menopausal Depression, Pre-menstrual Syndrome and Pre-menstrual Dysphoric Disorder. These conditions interrupt daily life, cause distress, and include symptoms such as anxiety, social isolation, hopelessness, fatigue, irritability, tearfulness and more that occur in the weeks leading up to you period. In your self care kit, include any activities that you enjoy and that may bring a sense of calmness. Consider puzzles, books or a feel good movie.
While you may keep these snacks in the fridge or pantry, they are just as important to round out your period pampering. Water is a must any day of the month and will help mitigate uncomfortable bloating. Fruit provides natural sugar that will curb cravings for processed sweets that lead to depleted energy. For iron, up your intake of dark chocolate, greens or even an iron supplement. Peppermint tea is also great for mitigating abdominal cramps and the mug feels nice and warm against your tum.
Write a love letter to yourself. Include things that you are grateful for. List qualities about yourself that you love. This is the time to shower yourself with compliments, drawing attention to your growth and strengths. This note will be a reminder to honour all that you are through any emotional or physical discomfort. Remember, you know yourself best! Try out these ideas and throw in all your favourites too! At the first sign of menstruation, take comfort in knowing that your past self has gifted you self-care, giving you permission to take exactly what you need from "this time of the month" because you deserve the very best!