May is Menstrual Hygiene Month, and it's a time to break the silence and raise awareness for period health all across the globe. It's a time to recognize that there are ways to make periods a more accessible, healthier and happier experience for everyone. You can learn more about it here, and how you can help us donate Period Underwear!
One of the ways we can have healthier periods is to make sure we feel our absolute best, even when it's our time of the month. We can do that with just a little bit of self-care!
Self-Care is such a buzzword. But what exactly does it mean? And how can we apply it to making sure we feel the happiest, healthiest and least cramp-iest on our periods?
What is Self-Care?
Self-care is all about paying attention to YOU. Self-care is anything that you enjoy doing— anything that helps you feel good physically, mentally or emotionally. It can be as small as having a bubble bath or going for a walk. Or as big as ditching toxic friends or doing a big hair chop.
Mental, physical and emotional health is so important, especially when you're on your period. It can sometimes feel like a rocky time, so we've helped you by compiling our top 10 self-care activities on your period. Pick which ones make you feel the best, and you'll be feeling better in no time.
Phone on silent
Or better yet, stash it away! Okay we know it sounds impossible (trust us, it's hard for us too), but spending a Sunday afternoon without notifications will feel refreshing. Disconnecting and spending time by yourself, with friends or with family is important.
Can't picture it? Moving around helps your cramps, so try a phone-free walk! Or leave your phone in another room when you go to make a snack. Start small. It might be hard for the first little while, but TikTok will always be there when you get back!
Meditating is a super helpful practice for your mental and emotional well-being. You only need to do it 10-15 minutes daily and the list of benefits can change how you tackle your period. Not sure if it's for you? Meditating reduces stress, helps manage your anxiety and makes you become more mindful.
It’s great to do when you first wake up! This helps you start your day in a positive headspace (despite your period). You can also try it right before bed to recompress from your day. Even a few deep breaths with your eyes closed in the middle of your day can help relieve some of that way harsh period stress.
There are a bunch of apps that have ‘Meditating for Beginners’ if you’re new to the game. These apps also have guided meditations for different topics: like stress and anxiety, falling asleep and waking up, productivity, etc. They even have guided meditations for kids and students. Our favorites are Calm and Headspace. There are also a ton of free Youtube tutorials available! There's a meditation for everyone.
DIY Spa Day
Who needs an actual spa when you can have a spa day in the comfort of your own home. There are so many things that can make you feel chill on your period like:
- Give yourself a manicure and pedicure (maybe some nail art perhaps!)
- Bubble bath and listen to your favorite music. You can even make your own bath bomb! Check out this DIY for home made coconut oil bath bombs if you don't have any around. Hot showers are also great alternatives if you don't have a bath. The hot water will ease your cramps and put you in a better mood.
- Face mask time! Depending on your skin type, you can mix a few items in your kitchen and voila - you have a face mask! Here are some examples of DIY masks you can try out.
- Burn your favourite candle
- Drink warm lemon water!
We know it can feel a little silly doing this, but if you look at yourself in the mirror and repeat affirmations, you'll fly through your period easy peasy. Try things like, “I am strong. I love myself. I am worthy. I believe in myself. I'm going to have a good day."
We can get extra emotional or moody on our periods due to fluctuating hormones, and it's easy to fall into holes where we're not the nicest to our own selves. Would you ever tell your bestie the things you tell yourself? Probably not! So, be your best friend! Treat yourself like the queen you are and allow positivity into your life.
Raise your hand if you compare yourself to other people on social media. *raises hand very high*. If you follow people whose vibes don't match yours, or they make you feel anxious or down on yourself— it's okay to unfollow, mute or block! Just because it's a digital space, you're allowed to set boundaries. Especially when you're on your period.
If you’re interested in making your socials a relaxing environment, you can check out our blog: 5 Mental Health Instagram Accounts to Follow.
We love "me time"
FOMO shmomo, being alone honestly rocks. Do some yoga, read a book, having a bath, do arts and crafts, watch a movie, catch up on whatever the latest Youtube drama is. Do all of your favorite things and your period will go by in a flash.
Who here has a bed time that's basically non-existent? Sleep is for the WEAK you may say. But wakey wakey, sleep is a key ingredient to a healthier life and a better period. Try to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep and if you need an extra snooze, take a nap! Nothing is better than a weekend afternoon watching TV and allowing yourself to rest for a few hours. Just be careful doing that middle of a school day...
If you’re worried about your period stopping you from getting a good night’s sleep, check out our full guide on sleep and your period. (and feel free to check out our range of period underwear designed for teens while you're here too).
Watch your favorite TV show or movie
It’s so important to give yourself time - without any guilt - to sit back and relax with your fav snacks and your fav TV show or movie. After you’re finished all your homework, indulge in a movie night. Nothing like your go-to movie to forget that your uterus is under attack. Our pro tip? Sync up with your friends for a virtual movie night!
Flex those creative muscles
Do you have a hobby you've been wanting to pick up? Saw a TikTok DIY you know you could crush? While you're still social distancing, it's the perfect time to dive into some solo projects! A lot of hobbies and creative projects can be done in the comfort of your own home and in front of the TV, and work as a fab distraction from your period!
And who knows? Maybe you'll discover a new hidden talent or business venture!
Okay stay with us for this one! It may sound a bit cheesy, but gratitude journals work for a lot of people. So it may be just the thing for you too!
It’s so easy to get extra stressed and worried when you're on your period, so it's nice to reflect on all the things that you're grateful for to help balance out how you're feeling! Gratitude journaling shifts your mindset from being negative to more positive, because you're spending some extra time focusing on the GOOD (and not that your cramps and bloating make you want to crawl under a rock).
Start out slow. Just grab a notebook and a pen and write down 3 things you are grateful for. that day Or you can create a list, whatever format you are comfortable with. Try to do this everyday and you can always expand on it, like adding your dreams and goals (short term and long term).
Remember, this is something for YOU. No one will be reading it. So, do it for yourself and your mental health on your period will thank you!
There has never been a better time to start taking care of yourself and practicing self-care. You can even create a self-care checklist that you can do daily, weekly or monthly. Be kind to yourself. You got this.