By Sara O Brown
Oh! how we wish we could lock ourselves in our rooms and relax all day to cope with the menstrual cramps each month. But reality needs you to wake up, get ready and deal with your day just like any other.
The high hormone levels during our menstrual cycle cause PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome. One of the most common symptoms apart from the unpredictable mood swings are menstrual cramps. The fatigue, bloating, food cravings all top this symptom and we feel like a wreck from within.
But here are some simple ways to cope with your regular menstrual cramps.
Essential oil massage
Anti-inflammatory medications are usually suggested by physicians to overcome heavy cramps during menstrual cycles.
Anti-inflammatory properties are also present in pure essential oils.
Lavender essential oil especially has said to be very effective for pain relief as well as to help people suffering from insomnia.
You can either inhale the oil or gently massage it into the areas of pain and this will help overcome the discomfort.
Opt for the right diet
Balancing your diet with healthy fruits and vegetables and eliminating heavy animal fats from your meals can be a great way of controlling period cramps. Substitute with a natural vegetable oil such as olive oil and control the consumption of heavy fat dairy products too.
This will help manage the bloating as well as your cramps. Avoid fried or fast foods and eliminate the excessive use of sugar or white bread. Include some natural sources of vitamin D. Magnesium which is present in vitamin d proves to be very effective to reduce inflammation.
Don’t skip your exercise
While the cramps might be a great reason to curl up and skip your routine, it is best if you gear up and go for it. Many women have shared their experience of how exercise has helped relieve their period cramps.
The release of endorphins in your body will help you cope with the pain. A similar effect is produced in our body while having an orgasm which could also be an option.
In order to avoid getting extremely tired bring down your workout a notch and substitute with yoga positions such as seated forward fold or half camel pose that might help with pain relief.
Enjoy a bubble bath
A warm bath with a soothing scent of essential oils or candles could help you ease the pain. Enjoy a nice magazine while you are at it to relieve the stress and let go of the pain.
A warm shower can also provide the same effect and help reduce the pelvic pain and release your stress.
Acupuncture is a great way of relaxing your nervous system and relieving your cramps. This has an anti-inflammatory effect on your body and helps enhance the blood flow to your internal organs.
A point about 3 finger width from your ankle bone on your foot is a pressure point, massaging this can give great relief.
The point called” Sea of Energy” is the most important point which is located about 2 finger widths below the navel and applying pressure here is a great way of relieving pain.
Sip a herbal tea
A warm cup of herbal tea especially ginger infused can be an effective way of relieving menstrual cramps.
Periods also cause bloating and loss of appetite sometimes and ginger tea is great at eliminating them both apart from relieving cramps effectively.
Chamomile tea or green tea can also be consumed during this period.
Use a heating pad
Instead of simply curling up in a corner of your bed apply a heating pad or a heated wrap over the areas of cramp.
The effect of doing so is very soothing and the heat will help the muscle relax and reduce the pain.
Explore kitchen/natural remedies
Fenugreek is a common ingredient suggested to women during periods in order to reduce pain.
You can swallow a few seeds with some water for relief from cramps. Belladonna flower, a deadly nightshade, is also known to treat menstrual problems. Reduce your intake of caffeine and substitute a smoothie with antioxidant-rich ingredients such as greens and berries.
Certain birth control pills that elevate hormone levels have also been noticed to help with period cramps.
Various anti-inflammatory drugs are suggested for those who may be suffering from severe period cramps.
Yet, it is preferred to avoid regular use of such medications and look for natural home remedies in order to avoid any side effects.
If the pain is unbearable and none of the above remedies work, it is recommended to consult a doctor without delay.
About the Author
Sara O Brown is a working mom, lives with her dentist husband and her adorable dog, Casper. She is passionate about traveling and cooking.