As if we are bleeding for a few days straight isn’t enough, menstrual cramps are another added bonus that no one asked for! We mean, we get that it’s our body’s way of letting us know that we aren’t pregnant and that it needs to flush out the unfertilised egg and all, but couldn't there have been a better, nicer, lesser painful version to let us know *sigh*?
So, while you can turn to your favourite movies and comfort food to tackle those mood swings, we come bearing five simple yet effective ways to alleviate painful period cramps to help you survive the daunting ‘that time of the month’.
01.Turn to the good ol’ heating pads
This one never gets old. The simplest way to relieve painful menstrual cramps is by placing a heating pad on the area. Turning to the heating pads, hot water bottles, nice hot showers or warm towels during this time can help improve your blood flow, ease up your uterus and relax your tense muscles.
02. Rub down some essential oils
Massaging to alleviate pain is an age-old formula, and it helps calm down your period cramps too! Massaging your abdomen, side, and back with essential oils like lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, or peppermint can help relax your uterus. It also helps minimise uterine spasms and reduce painful cramps.
03. Sip on some herbal teas
Herbal teas like ginger, chamomile, peppermint, cinnamon, oolong or green tea can greatly help lessen your period cramps. These teas have anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and antispasmodic properties that relax your uterus and muscles and make blood flow easier.
04. Eat anti-inflammatory food
We know we crave ice creams, chocolates and all the greasy, cheesy things in the world while menstruating. But if you want to lessen the pain, we suggest turning to anti-inflammatory foods like berries, pineapples, papaya, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, green vegetables, fatty fish, ginger, tomatoes, etc. These foods can stimulate blood flow and lessen painful cramps. So, pick what you eat during this time wisely.
05. Try out light exercises
The very thought of moving while you’re on your periods is daunting and horrifying, but doing light exercises can actually reduce your pain and unwind your tense muscles. We aren’t saying go all out, jump and lift heavy weights — hell no! But we recommend light stretches and exercises or even yoga to relax your mind and body. This helps with the blood flow too.