When Mother Nature visits, it sometimes can be an unpleasant experience. Abdominal pain accompanied by headaches, nausea, and an emotional rollercoaster is not what everyone wants to experience. I dread getting my periods and the days leading up to it are the worse. My anxiety shoots through the roof for no reason. I still do not want to be on birth control just yet because I am not sure of what I want. So until then, I have to deal with Mother Nature every month. Luckily, I, along with the Fake Zine team, has some tips on tackling mother nature.
One thing I learned is the importance of painkillers. Advil, Aleve, Tylenol, etc., are all useful for combating the pain from periods. It is best to consume painkillers before the pain even starts, so it seems like the period came without any pain, to begin with.
In addition to this, taking extra care of yourself can make the 5-7 days better. It does not hurt to eat that special food craving, ranging from chocolate to ice cream to taco bell. Also, one of the team members suggests making some tea that will help with the anxiety arising from having a period. Add a hot bath to this routine to make this a self-care type of day.
One can also exercise during a period. Many people have heard that it makes the flow faster, and a faster flow leads to a shorter period. These exercises can consist of cardio or any high-intensity workouts.
It is also important to stay hydrated. Sometimes cramps can occur by dehydration. Other period systems, like diarrhea or constipation, can result from the lack of water. So drink water, ladies! It can make Mother Nature more manageable!