Let’s be honest: you will never feel at your best during your period. It is always a challenging time of the month that makes us feel exhausted, bloated and drained. Yet, there are a few tricks that you can try in order to make those few days a little bit more pleasant and tolerable. Our suggestions are very much inspired by the Ayurvedic practice and blend body, mind and soul.
Take it easy
Your monthly period is not the time to be a superwoman. It’s the time to be a Goddess. Rest as much as possible and take care of yourself. If your job allows it, work from home for the first 2-3 days of your period. Working out or any other demanding physical activity, is not preferable either. Yet, doing some light yoga or pranayama can help you with the cramps.
Get good Rasa
Rasa is the sacred water that irrigates our whole body and nurtures us. It is responsible for nourishing the body by providing nutrition to every cell and by transporting immune cells, hormones, glucose, amino acids, minerals, fattyacids, metabolic gases like oxygen and carbon dioxide and minerals. It is the nectar of life that moves from your heart out through the whole body. It can move with the blood and all on its own. Rasa also permeates all over in women and is responsible for producing menstrual blood and supporting the uterine endometrial layer.
That is why producing good Rasa during your period, and all the other time really, is a must. By creating good Rasa you support and ease your body in those difficult times, and thank it properly for the good job that it is doing for you. To create good Rasa you need to eat healthy, balanced and nutritious foods such as fresh or cooked veggies (especially greens), fruit and nuts, and avoid sugar, caffeine, alcohol, junk food and too much salt. Having some chocolate is fine as far as it’s just a small piece of dark organic chocolate instead of a whole candy bar.
Hydration is always important, but it is crucial during your menstruation. It might seem odd that you need to drink more water when you're feeling the most bloated, puffy and full, but the more water you drink, the more easily you will eliminate the water building up in your body. Drink al least 1 little and a half of fluid like water, tea or smoothies during the day. Carrying a bottle of water with you will help you stay hydrated throughout your busy day. Avoid having any caffeine, which means that coffee, caffeine packed teas, as well as drinks containing cocoa, are off the list. Caffeine makes you retain even more water. It also causes blood vessels feeding the uterus to tighten, causing achiness, cramps and discomfort.
Indulge into some sweet self-care
Learning how to take care of yourself and cherish your body, and your gentle femininity is essential for each and every woman out there. It is especially important when you are in your period. Instead of hating your body for going through these few days of menstruation, learn how to cherish it and express your love and gratitude to it.Have an hour or two for yourself only, and indulge into a gentle Abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage), warm medicated bath or salt scrub ritual. Or simply make yourself a cup of Ayurvedic elixir drink, light a candle and watch your favourite movie. A glass of wine with some dates will do too.
Have you tried 2 Health App’s Heart Warming Ayurvedic Elixir? Here is the recipe:
Heart Warming Ayurvedic Elixir
1 cup milk (we used homemade almond milk, but feel free to use any other type of milk that you fancy)
¼ tsp. ground turmeric
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ghee
Some honey (optional)
To a small saucepan, add milk and spices.
Whisk to combine and warm over medium heat. Heat until hot to the touch but not boiling - about 4 minutes - whisking frequently.
Remove the milk from the heat and add the ghee and the honey (optional).
Do some gentle meditation and pranayama
Working out during your period is not preferable. Some gentle meditation and pranayama (breathing), however, can be really helpful, especially when you have to deal with cramps and menstrual pain. Try our Dynamic Breathing Routine:
Gather with your Kula
Being part of a kula (community, a circle of women) is important for the wellbeing of every woman. Communicating with like- minded, strong, confident, empowered women who embrace their feminine essence by expanding and opening themselves up to their innate wisdom is a real blessing. Exchanging feminine energy, positive vibes and some gossip can help you go through your period more easily. Go out for a drink with your girlfriends or join a sacred women’s circle for an hour of gentle yoga, meditation, breathing and chanting.
For more Shakti power and kula inspiration read also HOW TO MASTER THE ART OF NURTURING THE SHAKTI IN YOU.
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