Updated: Jul 6, 2020
You're tired and moody, and your cramps are interfering with your daily life. Take care of yourself during menstruation! Look forward to your period instead of dreading it with these self-care tips.
Plan for Self-Care
Before your period begins, put aside 3-7 objects in a bowl on your dresser. One thing for each day of your period. Look at your collection over the week leading up to your period, and especially as your PMS-ing. Then when your period arrives, no matter how crappy or crampy you're feeling, force yourself to use at least one per day.
For example, in my bowl I have:
1. Face mask
2. Bath creamer
3. Massage balls
4. Favourite tea
5. Nail polish
6. New essential oil
Sleep an extra hour. Binge-watch your show with zero guilt. Read an entire book in one sitting. Raincheck on your social plans. Stay in bed all day if you can.
You made it to a start of a new cycle! A new chance to begin again and to shed whatever isn't serving you anymore.
Buy yourself something you've wanted. You deserve it.
Tell yourself that you will buy it on day 1 of your period, so you have something to look forward to.
Take a Day Off
If you have a regular cycle, you could book off the heaviest day of your period in advance. And if your period comes unexpectedly, then call in sick! Is it really going to be a productive work day anyway?
Put Your Feet Up
No chores for three days! Or at least put off or delegate as much as you can. This one may involve an agreement with your significant other, but if they can agree to take over a bit of the cooking while you're bleeding, that would be really nice. You can reciprocate when you're feeling better.
Now probably isn't the time when you want to do your big ab workout. Sink into your natural breath, keeping your belly soft. Your period is a perfect time to try out a restorative or yin yoga class or video.
Don't force yourself to be more energetic or productive than you feel! Your period can be a time for self-care and self-reflection, as long as you let it.
I challenge you to do one thing to take care of yourself every day this week!