“Self-love tips to ease a busy ‘period’ day”, written by Rhovie Hulleza, with references from Naturopath Caroline Robertson ND*
(* If your symptoms are severe please see your GP without delay)
Busy days and a period – can someone make it a bit easier?
Periods. Ugh, just the word is enough to dredge up horror stories of painful menstrual cramps, foul moods, brain fog and strange eating habits, not to mention the crimson river. Put a busy day on top of that… no thanks!
Some of us go to battle against these evils by taking pain killers and armouring ourselves with heat packs. Others ride out the wave of menstrual pain and succumb to the pendulum of binge eating, just to get through the day.
Now, take a deep breath, touch your ring finger onto your thumb and relax before the love-fest begins.
Firstly, three things to balance. Two hormones and a neurotransmitter. A bit like the anticipation before Christmas, ‘two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree’! I know, that makes no sense either, but here’s what really happens…
Balance hormones and increase serotonin to ease anxiety
During your period there is a decreased level of the two hormones estrogen and progesterone, and in some cases lower levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin which is known to cause anxiety and can cause all those other PMS symptoms.
A lot of us experience the downside of these three things being out of balance; food cravings, fatigue, skin problems, bloating and mood swings just to name a few. Not very fun, is it?
Tip 1 – self-love in the kitchen
Lets see how we can change things up a little by playing with our food (figuratively speaking) to get big rewards:
- Eat smaller meals evenly spaced apart. Try to include low GI fibre to avoid fluctuating blood sugar levels that can increase irritability, stress and fatigue related to PMS. Reduce high fat/low fibre food, they can cause constipation and increase estrogen. Stick to being unrefined. Avoid refined sugar and refined flour – that’s the really white ones. All the goodness has been processed out of them.
- Reduce salt in everything (yes, salted caramel as well), too much salt increases bloating, bloating causes pain. To counter too much salt, increase essential fatty acids, oily fish such as salmon or evening primrose oil will do the trick. If you’re busy, supplements are great.
- Last but probably the most effective menstrual pain relief, increase muscle relaxing minerals calcium and magnesium. For calcium eat more almonds, figs and greens. For magnesium eat more bananas, avocado, dark chocolate and nuts. Again, if you’re too busy, supplements are great.
Advice from Naturopath, Caroline Robertson, “If diet changes during your period are hard to stick to, try new Khapregesic.
Specifically designed by nature to ease Period Pain and Anxiety. Khapregesic is high in natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving factors, plus it is very high in organic antioxidants and prebiotics making it stomach friendly.”
Check out this video to see if it’s worth trying for yourself.
Tip 2: Self-love your body
Give yourself time, take a deep breath as the crimson river flows…
- Give your tummy a loving gentle massage before and after eating. This can aid digestion and the movement of hormonal fluids. It can be extra comforting with a loved one but remember this is self-love, so you make up the rules.
- Gentle exercise is essential in reducing the duration of period pain. Yoga or a walk, especially when done regularly, releases endorphins which will help with your mood too.
Self love is the answer to period pain and anxiety relief
So, the next time you experience Aunt Flow coming for a visit, prepare her some small snacks then take her out for a walk. When you get back the two of you can kick your feet up and watch a short Netflix episode with a heat pack on your stomach, sipping some herbal tea. I guarantee the self-love will ease your period pain and anxiety for any busy ‘period’ day ahead.
Rhovie Hulleza is an independent journalist and Mass Communication graduate from Murdoch University. She is an Australian silver medalist amateur boxer with a special interest in fitness and women’s health.
Caroline Robertson is a Clinical Naturopath and Ayurveda Practitioner. She is a natural therapies author and practices in the Northern Beaches of Sydney Australia.
More info on khapregesic: https://au.bioactivenaturalhealth.com.au/
Medical info on hormones: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/hormonal-endocrine-system
Info on how the brain works: https://qbi.uq.edu.au/brain/brain-physiology/what-are-neurotransmitters