When was the last time you focused on you? It seems like the phrase “self-care” is showing up everywhere right now, and there’s a reason it’s catching on so quickly. Slowing down and taking some time for yourself has a lot of benefits, especially when you’re on your period. Self-care can help you reduce stress and anxiety, both of which tend to get worse during that time of the month.
Self-care doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money or doing crazy rituals, however. There are small things you can do that’ll make a big difference when you’re drowning in PMS. To help you get started, here are five tips to help you take care of yourself when your period woes are in full force:
1. Take Some Time for Yourself
We know that finding alone time isn’t always easy, and your schedule can’t completely pause just because you’re on your period. But it’s okay to listen to your body and give yourself a night or a couple hours at home to relax.
Slowing down looks different for everyone. We recommend doing something that helps you relax, like taking a bath, watching a show on Netflix, or reading a great book. No matter what you choose, give yourself permission to pause and don’t feel guilty about turning down plans.
2. Do a Face Mask
Hormonal breakouts are frequent during the menstrual cycle, and when our faces freak out we tend to freak out as well. Reduce your stress by giving your skin a little extra attention. Try a clarifying mask that has anti-acne ingredients (such as benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil) to clear breakouts and prevent new ones from popping up.
The war against hormonal acne isn’t easy. If you’re still struggling, check out our guide to successfully battling hormonal acne for more helpful tips.
3. Get Moving
Exercise can help your body battle some of the most uncomfortable symptoms of PMS, so don’t be afraid to get to the gym and get moving. Yoga classes, HIIT, and any other workout you enjoy can help you beat bloating, fatigue, mood changes, cramps and more.
If you’ve got questions about working out while you’re on your period, we’re here to help. Check out our full guide that has everything you need to know.
4. Stay Hydrated and Eat Well
We all know that you should drink water and eat well no matter what time of the month it is. But your body loses water and vital nutrients during this time of the month, so you need to make sure you’re replenishing your supplies. It’s fine to indulge in some cookies or ice cream, but also make sure you’re reaching for foods that are high in iron and zinc.
5. Soak Up the Sun
We’ve all had periods that make us want to crawl into bed and never leave, but getting outside and soaking up the sun is proven to help ease painful PMS symptoms. Low vitamin D levels can make your periods painful and irregular. Besides that, fresh air is thought to help reduce stress which can be at an all-time high during your period. The next time you’re on your period, try taking a long walk or go read a book in the park.
Your body goes through a lot while you’re on your period, so always remember to give it a little extra love.