Do you experience a lot of stress in your life? You might have stress from work, from personal relationships and you might even feel stress from the pain and fatigue of your period.
If so, stress might make your menstrual cramps worse. There are many natural ways to reduce stress and lessen your menstrual pain.
How can you relieve stress?
Yoga is a well-rounded treatment for relieving stress. It combines exercise, deep breathing and meditation, which can all help calm your mind and body. These techniques can also help you deal better with stressful situations, to lessen their impact on your life.
One of the best stress-relieving yoga poses is Corpse Pose. You simply lie on your back on the floor, close your eyes and imagine each part of your body relaxing from your toes to your head. Try to let your thoughts float away and simply relax your mind and body.
The act of exercising can reduce cramps by releasing pain-relieving brain chemicals. Also, exercise is a great stress-reliever. The same brain chemicals can help you relax and feel better.
Aerobic exercise is the best type for relaxation and to ease menstrual cramp pain. Decide how intensely to exercise based on how you are feeling. You can try walking, jogging, biking, hiking, swimming and more.
Guided Relaxation and Meditation
Relaxing your mind, calming your incessant thoughts and easing your worries can help you relieve stress. Guided relaxation and meditation can help you do this.
Guided relaxation is where a teacher in person or through a recording helps guide your mind into relaxation. This can include imagining peaceful nature scenes or thinking about relaxing each part of your body at a time. Once you get used to it, you can practice this technique without the help of a recording or another person.
Meditation can come in different forms, so try different types and practice what works for you. The general idea is to calm your mind and stop it from running through thoughts and worries. You can do this by focusing on music, watching a candle, focusing on your breathing and other ways.
Guided relaxation can also be a form of meditation. Once you get better at these techniques, you can learn to calm your mind in silence. You can also use them to react differently to stressful situations by staying calm.
There are many additional techniques that can help you feel relaxed and that can relieve your stress. The important thing is to find one that works for you.
- Sound therapy
- Laughter (watch a funny movie, spend time with friends or go to a comedy club)
- Spend time in nature
- Take a bath
- Spend some quality “me” time doing whatever you enjoy
Reducing your stress levels can help you feel a lot better during your period. Remember to practice stress-relieving techniques before your period, as well as during it.