If you stumbled upon this page because you need some superficial self-care, you’ve come to the right place. Cramping, feeling irritable, or experiencing the general slew of unpleasant symptoms that often go hand in hand with your period? Fear not! We’ve got just the recipe to make you feel relaxed and pampered.
Firstly, you’ll want to get comfy. This is a no jeans and no bra zone. Set the scene, loose-fitting clothing will be ideal. If you’re settling down for the evening, then perhaps pop your PJs on. If you have a scented candle, go ahead and light it. Breathe. Follow these top tips to pamper yourself during your period, and you’ll feel like a Goddess soon enough!
Let’s begin with some simple meditation. Take the time to sit comfortably, back straight, or perhaps just lying down with your hands resting on your heart. We can draw focus on our breath - it’s important to slow down our over-active minds for a just five minutes.
During menstruation, stress levels can increase. And that’s hardly surprising, given the jumble of hormone’s our bodies are releasing at this time. Research suggests that the stress hormone, cortisol, can impact your body’s natural reproductive hormones. In fact, oestrogen and progesterone levels can be reduced to the point that your body naturally skips your period if you’re too stressed.
So, let’s take this time to breathe deeply and practice gratitude for our bodies. From here, you can either move on to step two, or you can click here for some of our favourite yoga poses to practice during menstruation.
Our minds are calmer now. Let’s take this time to nip to the kitchen (aka the hydration station) and pop the kettle on. It’s time for a soothing herbal tea. Slice fresh lemon and ginger and add boiling water. Keeping nice and hydrated will help to reduce bloating and ease other symptoms of PMS. Other good cramp reducing teas are raspberry leaf and chamomile, both of which have anti-inflammatory properties.
As an added bonus, holding a warm drink in your hand will soothe and comfort you. If you’re feeling a bit isolated, science has proven that - next to human touch, a warm drink is best.
Let’s talk about sore tummies. If you’re menstruating, then dark chocolate is your new best friend. Choosing dark chocolate or pure cacao is proven to reduce cramps. Rich in magnesium, it works to soothe cramping muscles and give you that relief.
A nice slab of dark choc will make you feel right as rain. Plus, it's a tasty treat, so it's a win-win situation!
Want more information on which foods to consume and which to avoid to aid cramping? Read our blog post: Foods To Naturally Soothe Menstrual Cramps.
DIY Beauty Treatments
Now that we’ve done all the hard work - hey, expressing gratitude and de-stressing when you're PMSing is tough - let’s get our beauty on. Simple homemade beauty treatments will calm problem skin, wash away oily and lank hair, and will make you feel like fresh as a daisy.
Let’s get superficial! Quick recipes for our top pamper sessions DIY edition:
Combing coconut oil through your hair will definitely add some silky volume back to your hair. We’re thinking more Steve Harrington than Will Byers from Stranger Things.
Rub a generous sized blob of oil into your hands to warm it up and liquify, then distribute through the hair, starting from the ends. You can leave for an hour, or even sleep with it overnight. Take care not to stain any linens by sleeping with a shower cap or using old pillowcases. Shampoo & rinse as normal.
We’re bananas for bananas! Grab one ripe banana, mush it up, and apply to your face. Leave for 5-10 minutes, rinse, and enjoy baby smooth skin.
You can then use your favourite moisturiser to lock in that newly acquired smoothness.
An oldie but a goodie: Cucumber to revitalise tired eyes.
Easy peasy - cut two thick slices of cucumber (ideally straight from the fridge) and place one slice over each eye. Chill for 10 minutes for that ultimate pick-me-up.
Pop some warm water in a bowl along with a few teaspoons of baking soda. Add some essential oils of your choosing (peppermint and tea-tree are our favourites!), sit back, and relax for up to 20 minutes.
Final - and perhaps top! - tip to pamper yourself during your period is aromatherapy. Rubbing in fragrant essential oils to troublesome spots will help to treat muscle soreness and improve your mood.
For the most hands-on combination, you can follow these light acupressure movements, with a hint of aromatherapy, to soothe menstrual cramps.
Spoon a small amount of coconut oil and a drop of your preferred essential oil, and rub into your lower abdomen. As this may be a sore and tender area, be gentle. Lightly press and rub away the soreness. Other spots that you may wish to use this treatment include your calves, your lower back, and your shoulders.
Our favourite oils are lavender or ylang-ylang, as they have stress-reducing properties and provide a natural defence against any emotional blues. Rose oil works to help regulate your hormone levels, whilst clary sage helps to improve thyroid levels.
Hopefully, you’re feeling a lot more relaxed and much less focussed on any unpleasant symptoms of your period. Leave us a comment if any of these tips to pamper yourself during your period work for you! What are your favourite pampering tricks for your time of the month?