7 ways to make your period happier in 2021
Much as we’re all for being positive about your period, sometimes it’s just a little… annoying. Painful. Unexpected. Or all of the above. So, in 2021, we want to make periods happier. Our own, yours, everyone’s. Because who wants to be miserable every fourth week of the year?
So get ready, girls; here’s how to make your period better for the next 12 months and beyond…
Always be prepared
If you are or were a Girl Guide, you’ll be familiar with the motto ‘be prepared’, which you can totally apply to your period. Think about it: if you can avoid leaks and don’t have to shuffle to the medical room at school to grab a pad, you’ll probably be less bothered by your monthly visitor, right?
So use your bettybox pouch or get yourself a cute make-up bag to stash some bettypads, tampons and clean knickers in (in case a leak DOES strike), make sure your supply is plentiful enough for a whole day and carry it in your bag all the time. As long as you replenish your stock when used it’s really not that tricky, eh? And boys wonder why we need such big bags all the time…
Find a sure-fire way to alleviate your cramps
Whether it’s yoga, a nice gentle jog, eating a banana or taking a bubble bath, work out what works for you and do it often during your period. Even if that means eating an entire bunch of bananas in four days.
Speaking of jogging and yoga, exercise really will help you feel better during your period, because it releases those mood-boosting endorphins everyone’s always banging on about.
Cramps too painful to move much? Try swimming: it’s no-impact and, as long as you change your tampon before and after getting in the pool, totally doable while your flow is in the building.
If ever there was a time to be good to yourself, it’s during your period. Craving chocolate? Eat it. Want an entire bowl of mashed potato? Have it. It’s only a few days out of the month and, chances are, if you let yourself have a little of what you fancy you’re less likely to binge than if you try to deprive yourself.
Don’t overstretch yourself
Most weekends you can manage your homework deadlines, hanging out with three different mates and winning a Saturday morning hockey game without flinching. During your period, however, everything tends to feel a little overwhelming. Make sure you don’t overcommit and, if everything does start to feel a bit ‘much’, don’t be afraid to cancel plans. Your buddies will still be there in a week.
Make time for fun
That being said, nothing makes you forget about your cramps quite like fun times with your best buds. Can’t be bothered going out? Invite the girls round for a movie night and stockpile the snacks. No getting ready required.