September is Self-Care Awareness Month. This month, our focus is on reminding our readers of the importance of taking care of yourself. Many women struggle with self-care especially during their menstrual period which is one of the most crucial times to practice this healthy habit.
Hormones are going crazy– you may find yourself more tired and irritable. Just remember to offer yourself grace and remember that “this too shall pass.” Below are a few tips on self-care for during your period.
- Schedule time for rest. As you look at your schedule, be intentional about what you put on your calendar and ensure you leave time for a good night’s rest. You should try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night. If you can help it, try to schedule in a nap on your calendar, too. Sometimes just lying down for 20 minutes can be so encouraging.
- Watch what you eat. Some foods and beverages, like the ones that contain caffeine, can actually cause you more pain. Caffeine dehydrates your body and can cause cramping to increase. Also, listen to your cravings. Sometimes our bodies crave certain foods because we are lacking in a certain nutrient. Also, some comfort foods can be okay, too. Give yourself permission to eat a little ice cream and some extra chocolate.
- Get moving. You may not always want to, but sometimes when you are having your period, moving can be the best thing for you. Take a brisk walk or do a light cardio workout. Ballet bar exercises can be a low-impact but effective exercises to help you get moving.
It is vital that you take good care of yourself in order to be healthy for those around you. Those you work with are relying upon you to be able to get your work done, your professor is expecting you to turn in your projects on time and you have responsibilities like taking care of bills and doing laundry. In order to stay energized and get things done, you need some down time. Be sure to schedule time for self-care.