Ways to Feel Confident During Your Monthly Cycle
I don’t know about you, but being on my monthly isn’t exactly my most favourite time of the month. It’s easy to feel a little less fabulous and a lot more uncomfortable. The monthly blues can make us feel a bit down, less enthusiastic and not so confident.
Even though it is something that we cannot avoid and a part of a healthy life, it isn’t a walk in the park.
However, instead of being down and out every time, I decide to make that time of the month a little more comfortable for myself. Here are 9 ways I use to feel more confident, stay upbeat and get energized every month!
1. Find a product you love
Ladies, the only thing that has truly made me feel more comfortable on my period is using Playtex® Sport® Compact tampons. They are the newest product from Playtex and I’m in love. I purchase mine at Shopper’s Drug Mart.
Here are some reasons I love these tampons:
- They’re 30% smaller than the Playtex® Sport® full-size tampons.
- They offer the same 360° Sport Level Protection®
- Protects from leaks.
- Also, discreetly pocket-sized.
So, no matter if you’re sitting on your couch or out there for a run, you get the same protection. Being comfortable on my period means that I am covered leakage wise. I don’t even want to feel like it’s that time of the month and Playtex® Sport® Compact tampons do just that.
2. Do What Makes You Feel Good
When Aunt Flo comes for a visit, it’s hard to feel confident and let’s face it; sometimes we don’t feel our prettiest. Even if I don’t feel like it, I still try to make time to stick to my routine. If I can’t feel good on the inside, I at least want to feel good on the outside.
I don’t go crazy, but I wear some comfortable clothing and put on a little lipstick or gloss. I do my hair or do my nails. If straightening or styling your hair makes you feel good, go for it! If doing nothing at all helps you too, do that. It’s up to you!
3. Get Active
One of the reasons why you feel so good after a workout is because physical activity increases endorphins. According to WebMD, regular exercise has been proven to reduce stress, ward off anxiety and feelings of depression, boost self-esteem and improve sleep.
Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body and you’ll find you’ll feel more energized after a workout. I would take it easy and not go too hard while on your cycle but, a great sweat session can do wonders.
4. Don’t be afraid to rest
When it comes to feeling comfortable, during your monthly cycle, you need all the rest you can get. There is nothing FUN about it being that time of month, so take some time to watch your favourite show.
There is no judgement coming from me, believe me. I do it when I need to! There are some days I don’t even leave the couch.
Every cycle is different. Some months I have a lot of energy and no pain, others I feel lethargic and have major cramps. When the latter hits, I make sure to have a heating pad at the ready.
There’s nothing like that warm feeling on your stomach. It can soothe your muscles, ease your body’s discomfort and minimize cramps. I curl up on the couch, watch some Netflix or read a book.
5. Stick with Your Usual Diet
When you’re not feeling the best, you want comfort. That’s why many of us turn to comforting food to makes us feel a little better.
But, comfort foods are often ladened with high sugar and fats and can often give us the opposite of our desired effect afterwards.
The best thing to do is stick to your usual diet and try to eat foods that are high in nutrients, healthy fats and make you feel good.
6. Take Vitamins
It’s hard to feel confident when you feel like keeling over in pain. Some vitamins have been known to help with menstrual cramps. According to a Danish study, Vitamin B12 and fish oil are great for this!
It is believed to work because it reduces inflammation, therefore, decreases menstrual pain. While it isn’t officially a treatment prescribed, it’s good for your body anyway. It’s worth a try!
Magnesium is also another vitamin that can help since it contains nutrients needed to keep the body strong. Taking a daily multivitamin is a good habit to keep anyway, so if you already do–you’re good to go.
If not, perhaps talking to your doctor for a recommendation can help! If vitamins aren’t your jam, try eating foods that are rich in nutrients like halibut, mixed nuts, soybeans and yogurt. Quinoa, brown rice and my favourite, avocados–make a good choice too!
7. Treat yourself
As a woman, I don’t think there is a better time to treat yourself than when on your period. There is just something about dark chocolate that makes me feel better.
Then again, that goes to say whether I’m experiencing my monthly visitor or not.
Plus, it has been known to increase your endorphins. Just make sure that you enjoy it in small quantities so that you don’t take in too much sugar. There are so many other ways to treat yourself though!
Hit up the salon, get your nails done or buy or download a new book to dive into!
8. Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated every day is important. So, it goes without saying that it is generally a good thing to do. It helps your body to continue to truck along and it does wonders for your skin too! Plus, being dehydrated can make you feel worse. According to the experts, dehydration can make you feel dizzy and fatigued. So avoid those icky feelings by getting enough H20!
9. Save your busy schedule for another time
When I’m not feeling the greatest, I try to clear my schedule and try not to be too busy. Not because I can’t handle being around people, but because I’m more comfortable this way.
I love being in my comfort zone, especially when Aunt Flow visits.
Of course, sometimes this isn’t possible and busyness will still happen and that is okay. When I can’t avoid it, I make sure to write down a to-do list. It makes me feel accomplished when I get things done!
There you have it, folks! I hope these 9 ways to feel confident during your monthly cycle help. Try some of these tips and let me know what you think! Being on your period doesn’t need to stop your life; however, you can cater to your own lifestyle while on your period.
How do you feel more comfortable & confident during your monthly cycle?
Let me know, til then-cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.