Staying positive can be a challenge whether you’re on your period or not. But, when your “little friend” comes to visit, it can be difficult to make it through school, work, or even relaxing on the couch. Find out how to give yourself a burst of positivity with some of our favorite ways to beat the period blues.
Periods are exhausting. If all you want to do is sleep, letting yourself rest is one of the best things you can do. Taking a short nap is a nice place to start, but even if you can’t fall asleep, watching TV and eating your favorite snack is another relaxing way to recharge.
Audiobooks and podcasts are like reading or watching TV without the extra effort. When you’re lounging with your heating pad, don’t worry about sitting up to watch something on Netflix or to read your book. Just listen to your favorite comedy or memoir, or find a new podcast to help you learn, laugh, and grow.
Giving yourself something to look forward can be awesome for your state of mind. Whether you want to make plans for the later days in your cycle (when you’re hopefully feeling better), or make a brunch date for the following week, it can help take your mind off the discomfort and exhaustion and give you something else to focus on.
When you’re on your period, things can get emotional. If you’re feeling a bit down, checking in with someone else can be helpful. Chatting with a friend or going to your therapist to discuss what’s going on is a great way to give your mind some TLC.
If you have a little extra energy, learning something is a fun way to get inspired and give yourself a feeling of accomplishment. Whether you’re teaching yourself to play an instrument, drawing funky illustrations, or designing a logo for your business, acquiring new skills gives you the chance to gain more experience in something you love.
Don’t Ignore Your Mental Health
Periods are physically annoying, but they also can take a mental toll. Having a positive attitude won’t fix the physical pain, but it might help you feel a little better. These small practices can be fun ways to ensure your mind is staying healthy. For information on how to keep your body moving while on your period, take a look at some of our favorite tips for staying active.
Natasha Davis, Pill Club Copywriter