You’ve mysteriously put on 5 pounds.
You are constantly tired and nothing will make you feel better.
Everything makes you upset.
You feel a bit depressed.
You’ve randomly broken out and nothing has changed in your diet or skincare.
All you want is chocolate cake and ice cream.
You are starting to feel some pain in your back and gut.
There are many possible explanations for any of these, but if virtually all of these apply to you, it may be that time of the month. Do I really have to tell you that, though? We all know damn well that the time of the month is dreaded by most. Getting through the week gets so much more difficult, and it can be such a burden. Yeah, we’ve been dealing with it years, and while most of us women are used to having our period, it never really gets easy or enjoyable.
My boyfriend just kinda keeps his distance from me. Don’t get me wrong, he is still supportive and loving, but he just lets me do my thing and get through the week in peace. He makes sure to not make me feel worse. Sometimes, he even gets me Oreos. I think he’s my soulmate.
I have learned how to deal with my period the hard way. I think that people tend to treat their period like the end of the world for the week, and I don’t think it has to be that way. Periods aren’t fun, but they are unavoidable, and we shouldn’t dedicate one week of the month to being miserable. For that reason, I thought I would share some advice for getting through your period.
Keep in mind that my advice is not professional in any way. I can’t give you scientific advice, but I can give you some personal advice that you can use or not use- totally up to you. I have found my tips to be very helpful for myself, and I hope that they can do the same for you.
Plus, I am featuring 3 of my best recipes for satisfying even the most unforgiving chocolate and sweet cravings. The best part is: all of them are secretly healthy!
Without further ado, if you are currently having a rough time on your period, this advice is for you:
1. Don’t Give Up on Exercise
I know how easy it is to want to lay in bed all day during that time of the month. It is so much more difficult to push myself into working out. Sometimes I make it, sometimes I don’t. I have learned that hard way that while it is so tempting to just lay in bed, you will feel so much better if you just push yourself through your workout. I have found that I feel less sluggish and sore when I workout, and I feel much more ‘alive’ and getting through my day is easier. Finding the motivation to work out during your period isn’t easy, but if you stick to a schedule, you will likely feel better.
2. Keep Eating Well
There is nothing better than eating a huge cookie for lunch. Nothing makes a hormonal girl happier than a fudgy chocolate cake. Look, I get it. Chocolate is life, whether you’re on your period or not. Still, while it is totally ok to indulge, sticking to a mostly healthy eating routine will help you immensely. Chances are, you are feeling bloated, achy, and are experiencing breakouts. Unfortunately, sweet treats don’t really help with any of these issues, whereas a healthy meal can and probably will make you feel loads better. Eat a balanced breakfast. Have a healthy lunch and dinner. It’s totally fine if you have dessert, as long as you are sticking to a mainly healthy diet, you may find that you feel better within a day or two. This may be common sense, but I think it’s easy to overlook the fact that it is possible to still feel good on your period. You don’t have to just bear through it and you can actually make yourself feel better. It just starts with a healthy diet.
3. If You Think You Need to Rest, Then Rest
Feeling tired is normal. It is completely ok. While I don’t think it’s the most productive to just lay down in misery, if you are feeling tired and just want to rest, honor what your body wants. When I say that you should keep working out, I don’t mean that you should do the most intense routine out there. It is fine to do some light-moderate exercise and take more time to rest as well. I know I tend to sleep a little longer during my period, and I do my best to work that into my schedule.
If you just need some time to rest and really don’t feel like working out, it is ok. It’s not the end of the world. I have definitely had those days where I just want to get home and rest all day, and my life is not any worse because of it. It’s not a big deal. It is always best to do what you can to stay active, but you can have a lazy day or two if that’s what you need (or want, let’s be honest).
4. Be Nice to Those Around You
Yeah, you’re on your period and that isn’t fun, but it isn’t anyone else’s fault. I know how easy it is to go off on people close to you when it’s that time of the month. I think we’ve all been there. However, while many people are understanding that being hormonal is normal, it can still hurt someone’s feelings if you treat them poorly. You are only on your period for about a week per month. That short amount of time just isn’t worth being mean to people who care about you and want what is best for you. I understand that nobody is perfect, but if you are in a bad mood, it is best to explain it to those around you instead of making them feel bad. If you keep treating those around you with respect, your week (and life) will be much happier.
5. If You Are Going to Indulge, Do it Right!
Yeah, I may be preaching healthy eating, but let’s be real: chocolate is amazing. Sweets are delicious, and you definitely shouldn’t deprive yourself of something delicious if you want it. However, you should definitely be smart and indulge the right way…meaning that you indulge without having to pay for it later. There are so many desserts that have some health benefits, and I am going to share with you 3 of my favorite craving satisfiers that are perfect for the time of the month and beyond.
I may be biased because they’re my recipes, but I swear by them…they are just that amazing!
Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter Smoothie
This smoothie is the best of the best. The irresistible chocolatey texture combined with sweet coconut and creamy almond butter can’t be beat. It’s my go-to whenever I want something super chocolatey and healthy at the same time. Check out my Chocolate Coconut Almond Butter Smoothie– you won’t regret it!
Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie Smoothie
My first recipe, and probably still my best. I swear that this smoothie tastes just like lemon meringue pie. It is perfect for those days when you are craving something sweet, but not necessarily chocolate.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Shake
Is there anything more indulgent and incredible than chocolate and peanut butter? Yeah, didn’t think so. My Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup shake is so decadent, you’ll think you’re drinking a milkshake from a restaurant that is packed with ice cream. As a matter of fact, you are eating a 100% clean, semi-healthy smoothie that makes the most amazing dessert.
So now you have 3 amazing smoothies that will totally help you with your sweet craving. You also know that you need to be active, eat healthfully, be nice, and take it easy. That doesn’t seem so bad, does it? Ok, I get that I probably won’t even follow all of my own advice because hey, just because we know what’s best for us, doesn’t mean we do it.
Still, I figured that some effort is better than none, so I hope that you take something from my advice and strive for a somewhat happier period. That totally sounds like an oxymoron, but maybe it doesn’t have to be.
How do you cope with your period? How do you make it easier? What is your favorite sweet to indulge in? Let me know!