Temperatures are rising and that symbolizes so much, all the way from whipping out your summer dresses, tank tops, and shorts out of the closet to attending rooftop parties and taking strolls on the beach. Although there’s so much fun under the sun during the summer, your monthly friend does not stop making its visits.
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Periods can be a drag, especially during the summer season since its scorching hot out in which you feel sticky and sick as it is. Even though you’ll feel like the worst version of yourself, don’t let that time of the month ruin your summer plans and mess with your state of mind!
With that being said, NYgal’s got you covered with tips on how to cope with your menses this upcoming summer.
Of course, you want to wear your bodycon dresses for an al fresco date night as well as your shorts to show off your legs after toning up at the gym the whole winter. When getting your period, all you desire is to feel comfortable rather than smokin’ hot. By wearing loose articles of clothing during this time of the month, no one will really notice your monthly friend is lingering around as the pad or tampon you are wearing won’t be as visible as it would be when wearing a tight pair of shorts or even a white pair of jeans. Plus, tight clothing will make you feel uncomfortable since you are bloated. Therefore, clothing to rock during summer periods would be a sundress or even a pair of harem pants as they won’t make you feel suffocated since they have elastic bands.
Train Insane or Remain the Same
Feeling bloated during the summer is an absolute nightmare. Not to worry, because the key to de-bloat is in your hands. Taking a trip to the gym or a fitness studio may not be on your agenda for this time of the month, however, training at the gym can relieve you from cramping along with balancing out your irritability. If you don’t want to go too hard at the gym or fitness studio, then take a Yoga class. Yoga is definitely beneficial since practicing meditative and breathing exercises assist in promoting relaxation and will relieve the majority of menstrual symptoms you are dying to get rid of.
Chill With Your Bottle of H2o
H2o is your best friend throughout this time of the month. The reason you feel super dehydrated at the time of the month is due to losing so much blood which leads to bloating because of all the water your body is retaining. As a result, drinking water can assist you with flushing out all the water you’re retaining which will make you feel better because you’ll get rid of the bloat little by little.
If you’re feeling crazy bloated or experiencing ridiculous cramps, then you need to eliminate certain items from your menu for the time being. When it comes to bloating, dairy products should be scratched off your list as dairy products are high in fat and have a strong influence on hormonal activity in your body, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. According to James F. Balch and Mark Stengler who wrote "Prescription for Natural Cures, beverages containing caffeine will make your depression, anxiety, and breast-tenderness worse. Unfortunately, caffeine should be put on hold during this time of the month. Lastly, foods containing sugar may be comforting, however, they add to your blood sugar fluctuations, which result in you having worst mood swings along with tension. Consuming refined, sugar-rich foods can also pitch in to immune system imbalance along with fatigue. Instead of having a red velvet cupcake to cure your sweet tooth, bake an apple in the open and top it with some sunflower butter and cinnamon.
Schedule Bathroom Breaks
The bathroom is always one’s sanctuary when the time of the month approaches, which should actually be visited every three to four hours when on your period. Changing your pad or tampon is important as you don’t want to catch a Urinary Tract Infection. In addition, going to the restroom to check up on your underwear’s status is important because period blood can go through your underwear and on to your pants. With that being said, you can always go to the bathroom and change your underwear if the panties you are currently wearing are stained.
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