Sunday, 22 November 2015

Surviving "That" Time of the Month


Today's post will be centred around that particular time of the month which sort of ruins most female's lives. You guessed it, I'm going to be talking about periods, or more so, how to make yourself feel that little bit better during that dreaded week... Meaning you might actually be able to function like a normal human!

It's no secret that the cramps, to put it bluntly, hurt like a bitch. The first time I ever got my period, I was 99% sure I was dying and that my insides were falling out, that's no exaggeration. I was one of the lucky ones (sarcasm), who was blessed with this wonderful experience at New Year during my first year of high school. Some may say "early bloomer", I would call it plain unfortunate. Nevertheless, over the years I've figured out what works for me and thought it might be useful for others to read, even if they are pretty obvious and self explanatory. Believe it or not, I don't actually want to exercise or eat a ton of bananas whilst on my period, no matter how many times people tell me it helps. 

1. Self Care
Look after yourself. The days leading up to your period tend to be one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. Pamper nights, online shopping, going for a walk, not to sound cheesy but, do something that makes you relaxed. You deserve it!

2. Indulge
Those darn cravings, you know you shouldn't but you can't seem to shake the thought of a Domino's pizza off your mind. Well I say, eat it! This is a time where I listen to my body because sometimes comfort food is a necessity. Eat chocolate, lots of chocolate and remember to stay hydrated!

3. Heat
Whoever invented hot water bottles, thank you. I'm really funny when it comes to taking medication so I find that heat is the best cure for those cramps. If you haven't tried them already, Cura-Heat pads are a lifesaver, I wear them under my clothes when I go out and it's like having a hot water bottle glued to my tummy all day, amazing!

4. Comfort
Around this time, you tend to feel a bit sluggish and just not great. To make myself feel better, I like to wear a cute but comfy outfit, it boosts my self esteem and puts me in a better mindset altogether. I also love to do a full face of make-up to cheer myself up too... Get those brows on fleek!

5. Be prepared
The one useful thing our body does is gives us symptoms that our period is well on the way, how thoughtful. Emotions heightening and body aches are the most common. Since being on the pill, I no longer have to worry about when my period decides to pop up as I finally have a regular cycle, hooray! Baring that in mind, I carry tampons and sanitary towels with me everywhere, just in case the unexpected happens. 

Speaking of the pill, I suffered terribly for years with the most awful cramps and side effects. Almost fainting and vomiting was not a fun time, let me tell you. So I finally decided to get the courage and see my doctor who prescribed me with Microgynon. Although I still have the cramps, they are nowhere near as severe as they once were and I can actually leave the house with no problem whilst on my period now.

As I'm pretty sure the majority who read this post will be female, do you have any tips?

post signature
SHARE:

39 comments

  1. Great post. It's giving me things to think about I which I enjoy doing to take my mind of it, it's my time of month and I have suffered badly this week, almost being sick, sleepless nights, back pains cramps headaches the lot. So I shall be shopping tomorrow seen as its what I love the most and eating plenty of chocolate :).
    http://www.littlebitofthat.co.uk


    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh I feel for you! Glad you're having a day to yourself tomorrow, feel better soon. x

      Delete
  2. Darn these bloody periods ... Hate them so much ! You sound like you suffered so much before lovely .. I am glad it's not as bad now ! I find myself feeling so sluggish .. And all I want to do is lay down, use my laptop and just eat chocolate all day. I also got my first in year 7 too and was absolutely terrified .. I couldn't even tell my mum at first and suffered in silence for a few hours before realising I COULD NOT do that (gross haha).
    Great post girlie !!!
    Saira X
    Throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. OMG I was the exact same when I first started, I was sat in my room the morning of New Year's Day like ...crap, what do I do? Haha! x

      Delete
  3. I love this post, I agree with everything you've said! I'll also be showing this to my fiancé when he's moaning about going to the shop for a third time to get me chocolate! X

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Please do show him this haha, boys just don't understand! x

      Delete
  4. Omg those heat pads are heaven.. I couldn't get out of bed for the day before and the first day of my period because of the pain (and I normally have a high pain tolerance). The heat pads made the pain less and sometimes helped me get out of bed. I also liked to take long baths! My parents were divorced and thankfully my dad understood the pain and let me stay home from school if I absolutely needed to!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah, I'm the exact same! I have a high pain tolerance too so when my period gets bad, it's bad. I'm glad to hear your dad understood, my mum was the same and allowed me to stay home too. People really underestimate how bad the pains can get.

      Delete
  5. Chocolate, dominos and being comfy (or trying to be) definitely helps x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love this post! I laughed so much when you said you thought you insides were falling out because that was literally me! I also got my first one around Christmas time in year 7, absolute nightmare, I literally thought I'd either shit myself or was dying ahah! Now it's ok, I just make sure to know that the sluggish feeling will pass and to watch films and stay in bed!Xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I laughed whilst writing it haha! IT'S SO TRUE THOUGH. Omg Sophie hahaha, what are we like?! xx

      Delete
  7. I have the worse cramps ever! I am debating to go on the pill as I am so il with my periods!

    Such a great post!
    Elizabeth | http://diaryofagirl10.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would really recommend going to see your doctor about it, there's so many types of pills too so there is bound to be one that'll suit you. Definitely look into it though if you want! x

      Delete
  8. My periods were never super intense of painful, but since my late twenties, every other one is life-ending. Unable to move off the sofa. I do eat a lot of bananas, though, and find whiskey also very helpful. VERY STRONG WHISKEY. Dark chocolate, spinach, and WHISKEY and bananas. Midol, too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh no I've never heard of them getting worse as you get older, but I suppose bad cramps could come on at any age! Glad you've found what's worked for you, I must say I've never given Whiskey a try to ease cramps haha. x

      Delete
  9. I needed this post right now! I am suffering so badly haha! I agree with every tip you have, and download apps which'll help you stay on track of your period!
    My pains are so bad too, they always have been! Some times I'm in tears from the pain! It's awful but least I know I'm not pregnant *enter thumbs up emoji*

    Kourtney xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh girl I feel for you! *sends hugs*
      Before I started on my pill, my period tracker app was a lifesaver - such a good idea! The cramps have also reduced me to tears many times, how lucky us females are... xx

      Delete
  10. Awh, I don't think its possible to put into words just how painful cramps can be but these are really helpful tips. Love the picture too - I'm now debating cancelling my PJ day to go and find some Ben and Jerrys! x

    Viva Epernay | Penhaligon's Giveaway

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Get yourself some Ben & Jerry's asap, or just go all out and order a takeaway haha! x

      Delete
  11. I feel some bloggers are afraid or nervous to post these sort of posts so go you! And I'm loving your Christmassy bottoms! xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree, as I was writing this post I was seeing if anyone had done anything similar and I found very few posts which surprised me!
      Thanks girl, Primark specials obv. ;) xx

      Delete
  12. This post is so fitting for me right now as I am currently suffering with my time of the month haha. I find heat works the best for my cramps and taking a long hot bath is also relaxing x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh no! I hope you're doing ok. Baths always used to work for me but for some reason I've gone off having them whilst on my period, I do always have one the day before I start though... Making the most of it haha! x

      Delete
  13. I have never heard of Cura-Heat pads, but they sound like a life saver! I've been having issues with my periods recently but I'm finally getting them back monthly so I'm hoping they'll be more manageable, maybe some heat pads will help! Great post Kat x

    Megan | Lazy Thoughts

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are honestly amazing, such a simple concept but so useful too! x

      Delete
  14. I love this post! I used to hate having periods but then they stopped for 3 years (because I fucked around with my body) and I was so scared they'd never return so now that they have, I vowed never to moan again! Naps help me though, I'm often pretty grumpy so sleep it off ;) xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh no! I'm glad they've come back though, that must have been such a worrying time! Naps are always a wonderful idea, not gonna lie. xx

      Delete
  15. I think I am very fortunate because mine never really hurt that bad nor do I have any cravings! These are still really good tips though x

    http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  16. Couldn't agree more! And how cute are those PJS!

    Hannah | Oh January

    ReplyDelete
  17. Love this! I suffer with horrible cramps, I hate to go home from work or uni unless it's serious but they just leave me so faint and crippled over, I just have to leave. I seriously envy girls who don't get any pain! I wish I could cope with just hot water bottles or heat pads but they're just not effective for me, I have to live off ibuprofen and paracetamol for a week. Hot baths and showers are a great way to soothe the pain. x

    Megan | http://www.meganjean.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I envy them too, periods are honestly the devil haha! Ibuprofen does me good for a while but I find that it wears off quite quickly so I just stick to heat. x

      Delete
  18. From another "early bloomer", I hear ya, babe! lol
    There's nothing worse than "that" time of the month (well, you know what I mean).
    I can defo relate cos I am in major pain when it hits. I can't work, I can't go out, I can't do anything because let's face it - it is pain beyond pain! Thankfully, they are always perfectly on schedule.
    I LOVE your tips and think this is such a great, personal and helpful post! Cura-Heat pads sound amazing, thanks for sharing honey.
    Big hugs! <3
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi-5 for early bloomers! Sometimes the pain is just unbearable isn't it? We always seem to get through it though haha. xx

      Delete
  19. Agree with everything in this post - I have horrendous ones but never give myself a break, sitting back and remembering to cut myself some slack is a really good idea

    http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk - Amy x

    ReplyDelete
  20. I started when I was in primary school - how mental is that! Since then, I've been through different pills, implants and injections… such a pain! And funnily enough, I've just come on today and I literally just want to devour EVERYTHING. Haha. And I want all the cuddles :( :( xxx

    Hannah x hannatalks

    ReplyDelete
  21. Everything in this post is dead on! Great post :)

    www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

    ReplyDelete

Blogger Template Created by pipdig