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5 Ways to Work Around Your Period Symptoms



You turn over in bed on your stomach and notice that your breasts ache. You realize that you woke up sweating and your whole body is sore. Examining your skin in the mirror, you see your skin has flared up in multiple breakouts. Congratulations, another month, another period. According to Women’s Health, 32 to 40 percent of women who have periods report this pain is so severe that they have to miss work or school. Not feeling your best, it’s apparent that staying home isn’t ideal. Here are 5 ways you can work around your period symptoms to get through the day.


MAP Your Menstrual Cycle


First, you need to be very familiar with the timing in which your period comes. You should have an idea of what day and time of the day your period will arrive. Over time our periods regulate creating an inner schedule. Not everyone’s body is the same, and some women still experience irregular periods in their adult years. Mapping your period helps you work around it. If you experience irregular periods, tracking it with an app creates a pattern where you can pinpoint its arrival. If you know your period is coming around Tuesday of next week you can better prepare for work, social activity or travel around those dates. When you know the trend of your menstrual cycle, you can work around these symptoms in your daily life.


Know Your Symptoms


Everyone experiences their period differently. Some women have severe menstrual symptoms, and some may not have any at all. They can also vary in severity month to month. You may need to pack a portable heating pad in your work bag for cramping, painkillers for headaches, or take a B12 supplement to help with energy levels. Knowing your symptoms will help you prepare better for the day. Menstrual cycle symptoms include:


  • Tender breasts

  • Bloating, fluid retention

  • Muscle aches

  • Joint pain

  • Headaches

  • Acne

  • Abdominal cramps

  • Diarrhea or constipation

  • Lower back pain

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Low energy, fatigue


Add Heat


Thank you for technology! There is such a thing as portable heating pads, and they are perfect for alleviating menstrual cramps while at the office or at home. You can position the heating pad behind you in your desk chair if you are experiencing lower back pain. Heat therapy relaxes the muscles in the uterus, increasing blood flow and alleviating pain just like any other muscle. At the end of the day, a warm bath is recommended for additional comfort.


Get Moderate Exercise


After knowing your symptoms, try moderate exercise. Exercise is great for alleviating cramps. Healthline mentions that Brandon Marcello, PhD, believes one of the main benefits of exercise while on your period is the endorphin release and workout “high.” He also said that since endorphins are a natural painkiller, when they release during exercise, you may feel relief from uncomfortable periods.



Boost That Energy


Exercise is also a natural energy booster. If you are still feeling fatigued, start your day with a B12 supplement to curb low energy levels. Dehydration plays a sneaky role in causing fatigue. Make sure you are drinking water, especially because you are losing around 30 to 60 milliliters (2 to 4 tablespoons) of blood during menstruation. A boost in energy can drastically improve the quality of your day during your cycle.



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