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5 Top Tips for an Easier Period

Don't let it be that 'time of the month' when it can still be the 'time of your life'.

With winter approaching and deadlines coming up, the dreaded ‘time of the month’ can seem like a major spanner in the works. Here are five top tips to help deal with your pain of period.

 Eat dark chocolate

It is so easy to spend the whole week stuffing your face with junk food but as much as you might want to, this will only make things worse. But you can allow yourself to indulge in some chocolate, particularly dark chocolate. With a cocoa percentage of 60-85%, dark chocolate is known to have a range of benefits, such as relieving stress and cramps. Eating dark chocolate is a great way to have chocolate on your period and not feel bad about it.

Drinks lots of water

It’s important to stay hydrated. Lots of water is probably the last thing you want to drink on your period, but drinking enough means that your body won’t have to hold onto so much water, making you feel less bloated. Not to mention, water is a great way to battle the sluggish feeling that always comes with this time of the month. Water is much more effective than the caffeine in a cup of coffee, which will leave you crashing.

 Dig out the old hot water bottle

It may sound cliché, but the heat from hot water bottles are a sure way to relieve stomach cramps. And since winter’s fast approaching, you have more excuse now than ever to use it. A good tip is to take it to bed with you and tuck it under the covers. That way, you’ll get a good night’s sleep, without curling up in pain.

Get plenty of sleep

Chocolate, check. Hot water bottle, check. Now you just have to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Periods often cause fatigue and that awful, fuzzy-head feeling. Lack of sleep will make this worse, so be sure that you’re hitting the pillows at a sensible time. Head to bed an hour earlier than usual. Read a book, listen to music or enchant yourself with whale noises if you must, but just make sure you’re switching off. That is, unless, you don’t have lectures the next day. Then a lie in might be just what the doctor ordered.

 Be Kind to Yourself

This is perhaps the most important of them all. It can be easy, and it’s actually very natural, to become frustrated with the way you’re feeling. Sometimes it seems like your period can stop you from doing important things such as getting outside, or finishing that next assignment. You know the one. All you probably want to do is curl up on the sofa, waiting for the pain to pass. And that’s okay. If you really don’t feel like getting outside, or pushing yourself, then don’t. Allow yourself a day or two to recharge, recuperate, and don’t feel guilty about it. Then you can come back strong than ever. Don’t let your periods knock you down!

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