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10 Tips on How To Feel Better on Your Period

If you’ve ever had an uncomfortable, painful, or annoying period, you’re not alone. Because of the changing hormones in women’s bodies during the menstrual cycle, they often experience a whole range of uncomfortable symptoms and even painful ones. 

These symptoms can make it difficult to get through the day, or even to get up from the couch, and they can cause you to miss out on some of your favorite activities or events.

The good news is, there are a few simple steps that you can take to manage the worst symptoms and experiences of your period, so you can make it through that time of the month with the relief you deserve. 10PM Curfew has your closer look. 

What Are Some Tips for Period Comfort?

Everyone experiences their period differently, so it’s important to look at your different symptoms and experiences and address the practices and tips to fit your body and your needs. 

It’s also important to be able to recognize the root causes of some of these symptoms and conditions, so you can better manage them at the source and know when to call your healthcare provider.

All that said, there are a few very common symptoms many menstruators experience on their periods, including cramping, bloating, and mood swings. These are some of the best ways to feel better during your period this month. 

1. Use a Heating Pad or Hot Water Bottle

Cramps are among the most common and frustrating symptoms that many menstruators experience. Your body produces a chemical in the lining of the uterus known as prostaglandins, which can actually cause both the blood vessels and the muscles to contract. 

That forced contraction is what’s causing the painful cramping sensation we experience during PMS and menstruation, which can range in severity from irritating to debilitating.

One of the best ways to deal with the cramping pain is with heat. You can use a heating pad or electric blanket or even heat up a rice bag or hot water bottle in the microwave. This is a surefire way to reduce some of the cramping pain and get you relief, so it’s a good idea to keep a warmer on hand during your period. 

2. Take a Warm Bath or Shower

Another way to reduce some of the cramping and discomfort associated with your period is to take a warm bath. The warm water will help to relax the muscles of your uterus, as well as other muscles that might be tight or cramping during your period, like those in your legs and lower back. 

Baths can also be quite calming and meditative, especially when you add in your favorite bubbles or bath salts, which can be useful for managing the emotional side effects of your period.

Warm showers can also help with some of the more extreme cramps, but they’re also a good way to simply feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Periods can make us feel sweaty and clammy, and a nice shower can really make a difference.

3. OTC Meds

There’s nothing wrong with taking some medication to get relief from the worst of your period symptoms. Different over-the-counter meds can target different period symptoms and conditions, so it’s best to speak to your doctor about which available medications are best for your needs. 

They’ll also be able to prescribe more extreme pain medications if they believe you are in need of them for period relief. 

4. Get a Massage

You deserve a massage! There are so many reasons a massage is the perfect trick for period pain and discomfort. It helps to relax your muscles, especially those that are causing you pain, and puts you at ease. The meditative and relaxing side effects of massages are especially useful if you are dealing with mood swings or drops in mood like anxiety. 

Consider asking your partner for a massage or even hiring a professional to help relax your muscles and mind. 

5. Embrace the Self-Care

Self-care can make a big difference. Periods often leave you with the ick. They can cause you to sweat more due to body temperature fluctuations, and can make your hair and skin more oily. The best way to fight that ick is with a little self-care and love.

Everyone’s self-care routine looks a little different, so don’t worry if you’re not a scented candle and face mask kind of gal. The most important thing is for you to practice activities that make you feel good and help put you at ease. 

6. Exercise

We’ve all heard that exercise can be helpful for managing the effect of period discomfort and pain, and it’s true. During exercise, your body actually produces endorphins, which are the hormones that are associated with happiness. 

Not only can this help to distract from some of the pain and discomfort you’re experiencing, along with the actual stretching and movement of your tight muscles, but it can also be useful for balancing out some of the moodiness and emotion we often experience during our periods. 

Aerobic exercises are especially useful, but anything that supports breathing and meditation can really make a difference. 

7. Rest and Relax

If you find it hard to get as much done or stay focused while on your period, you’re not alone. One of the common symptoms of periods is fatigue, which can make it difficult to operate at your regular capacity, and may even leave you frustrated that you can’t get as much done. 

Part of this has to do with the disruption in sleep, which is common for people during their periods. It’s often best to take the time to rest and relax rather than power through.

8. Balance Your Cravings

Period cravings are real! You likely want to eat a little of this and a little of that, as long as it’s sweet and salty. But while period snacks can make you feel better emotionally, it’s important to balance your cravings with the stuff that fuels your body. 

Too much junk food and sugar can actually make you feel worse and can deprive you of the essential nutrients you need during your period. You don’t have to skip the sweets — just make sure to add some of nature’s favorite treats, as well. 

9. Enjoy the Bedtime

It’s not uncommon for people on their periods to struggle to fall or stay asleep at night. One of the best ways to deal with this interruption in sleep is to really set yourself up for success at bedtime. That may mean drinking herbal tea, taking melatonin, or settling into bed earlier than you otherwise might. 

It’s best to keep your bedroom cool, as periods can cause your body to run hot, which interrupts the sleep cycle. You also want to try to avoid blue light for a little while before bed and instead listen to music or read a book to help put your body and mind into a peaceful mood, ready for rest. 

10. Give Yourself Grace

There are no two ways about it; periods can really suck. They’re painful and uncomfortable, and they can leave you feeling irritated for reasons you don’t understand. All that is why it’s especially important to be kind to yourself when you’re on your period. 

Understand that your hormones will make you more disposed toward feelings of anxiety and sadness, and that your body will likely feel a little uncomfortable and unfamiliar. Give yourself grace by declining invitations, taking extra time to complete tasks, and resting as needed. Your body will thank you. 


Everyone has a unique period experience, but chances are you’ve had to deal with some pretty uncomfortable or painful symptoms during your period from time to time. Periods can make you feel bad, and they can definitely affect your confidence, comfort, and sense of self-worth.

However, a few simple changes can make a big difference during your period. You can manage the pain of your cramps with heating pads, hot water bottles, and warm showers. You can make sure you’re getting the rest you need by creating a peaceful and cozy bedtime routine, and you can even chase away the worst of the pain and mood swings by tossing on your running shoes and going for a jog. 

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you’re being kind to yourself and taking care of your body in a way that works for you.

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