Ways Your Lifestyle Could Be Affecting Your Period
Most people think of periods as a predictable part of a woman’s life. But let me tell you, that’s not how it works. Just when we think our period is predictable, we get surprised by the monthly cycle repeatedly. At times, we may not predict our periods but we surely can predict ways that affect your period. If your period changed, became heavier, lighter, longer, or less frequent, would you notice? Definitely you would! But do you wanna know the root cause?
Well, most of your day-to-day activities can actually affect your periods. It’s really crucial for us to pay attention to those factors and resolve them. In fact, we all have been there. We feel tired, grumpy and are left wondering why our body happens to hate us at that very moment. Not to worry ladies! We have done the digging for you. Here is a list of factors of your lifestyle that could be affecting your period.
While a healthy diet is important for the basic functionally of your body, it can be especially beneficial when you’re already feeling a bit lethargic and hormonally changed. A good way of making sure you have a proper diet is to make sure you eat a well-rounded, healthy packed meal, full of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Also, make sure you take a lot of liquids, staying hydrated is key during this time of the month. But don’t stop there, adding complex carbohydrates like whole grains and brown rice can help prevent bloating. While you’re at it, try to limit your intake of carbonated beverages and alcohol.
In addition to diet, exercise can have amazing effects when it comes to relieving symptoms of PMS and other period pains. There is a misconception of cramps increasing if you exercise but trust me it’s just a myth. In fact, your endorphins are not only a mood booster but they’re also a natural painkiller. No matter what kind of exercise you choose, make sure it’s something you enjoy. That will help you to create a consistent exercise routine that will ultimately lead to more energy and stamina throughout the month.
By now, I guess you already have heard that stress can mess with your cycle. From the moment you feel stressed, a series of hormonal changes will occur that can create physical reactions. And that’s why it’s important for you to keep maintain a balance. Once you start stressing and if your body never gets a chance to go back to its balanced state, then stress can totally wear you down and make you sick. You must have heard about new brides getting their periods unexpectedly on their wedding day, that’s because of stress and nervousness.
Studies also say that, due to your mental imbalance, your body and brain can shut down the hormones needed to make your body ovulate in order to prevent reproduction in a threatening environment. (FYI, stress can mess with your skin too)
Diet and exercise are definitely a good factor, but self-care is the major factor that can totally affect your cycle. It’s really important for you to get a good night’s sleep. While we all operate on different amounts of sleep, it’s recommended that the average adult gets 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Also, you have to keep yourself clean and make sure you maintain hygiene. This also has a lot of effect on your periods. Make sure you take good care of your body, especially at this time of the month. A warm bath can actually make you feel relaxed and better. Also, stay in a good environment and have me-time for yourself.
Yes! Physical illness can also affect your period. A bad cold or flu may be enough to throw your period off that month. Likewise, a major illness can certainly cause you to skin your period. It’s natural but make sure you alert your doctor if your period is consistently irregular.
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