2. Avoid drinking a lot of coffee
This is one of the worst things you can do when you’re menstruating! High caffeine content can exacerbate your pain and also contribute to breast tenderness. You might crave caffeine but you will definitely need to reduce the intake of coffee.
3. Don’t reach for the rosé
There’s nothing better than a nice glass of wine at the end of the day (or over a boozy lunch) but alcohol consumption isn’t always wise when you’re on your period.
Alcohol is commonly viewed as a way of relaxing but it’s is actually a depressant and can make both depression and anxiety worse. Alcohol tends to have more profound effects on your mood in the run-up to your period — so it’s worth avoiding situations where you could be drinking more just before your period.
4. Don’t feel you have to skip cake
Your hormones are running riot and your pain threshold is at its lowest. If you want that piece of cake, eat it! If you feel the need to cry all day and purge your feelings, do it.
Do whatever comes naturally without judgement and be kind to yourself. Pain during periods is so high it can cause all of the emotions and feelings to come to the surface. Sit with them and look on them with acceptance.
5. Skip waxing or shaving
When you’re on your period, avoid hair removal. The area is sensitive and the pull of the wax strips can hurt, adding to your discomfort. Shaving can prove to be an extremely messy affair due to the period flow. In case you end up with a cut due to the shaving, it might lead to infection. So, plan it after a week of your period to reduce the risk of pain and discomfort.