It’s true. We could sugar coat it for you, but at Oi we’re all about honesty and transparency. Unless you had a mishap with contraception after a fabulous indiscretion during the month, no one ever ran cheering from their front door, leaping for joy that Aunt Flo has arrived!
It sucks. So we’re here to try and make it better. Come into our warm and safe embrace as we stroke your hair gently, rock you back and forward and share some tips to getting through that time of the month.
There are certain exercises you can do to make your period less hellish. Just because you may be feeling out of sorts (i.e. completely psychotic) doesn’t mean you should exert your body like the Terminator. Swimming is a great option as it stretches your ab muscles as does yoga and gentle walking. To be fair, you’re less likely to attract sharks with yoga, so maybe opt for that! Namaste.
Watch The Notebook:
It’ll provide you a water tight cover, for bawling your eyes out over no particularly obvious and logical reason. Boom. Tissues please…
Ear your greens…or a burger!
You are the modern day Popeye – own it. Spinach contains loads of iron (and magnesium) as does a bloody big burger meat pattie too. Go whichever way makes you feel happy. Broccoli and Brussel sprouts are great for easing bloating and banana’s help reduce cramps due to their high levels of Vitamin B6 and potassium.
I know, it’s hard to get to sleep when you feel your insides have been taken hostage by a rabid, prickly hedgehog. But try – have yourself a hot bath, pop in some lavender essential oil or trusty Epsom salts and get an early night – sleep your way through the pain. You’ll wake up feeling ready to take on the world … one organic tampon at a time.
Chocolate is your friend:
Some will say don’t go overboard, but they’re obviously not ‘walking the red carpet.’ I say, eat as much dark chocolate as you want, 70% or higher cocoa content is the bomb – it’ll increase your serotonin and endorphins and make you feel good about life. Good quality dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, fibre, iron and manganese and other essential goodies. New mantra: repeat after me “chocolate is my friend”
Snuggle up to your hottie:
…and I don’t mean your significant other (they can be massaging your feet!) Grab yourself a hot water bottle or wheat bag and cuddle it. It soothes cramps plus research shows that the heat can actually deactivate pain at a molecular level, like painkillers. Winner!
Yes, you’ll end up going to the toilet an awful lot, but staying hydrated is really important. Throw some rosemary sprigs, knicked form the neighbours garden into a mug and pour over hot water, let your potion steep for 10 minutes, then drink. Several cups a day is ideal.
Rosemary is full of iron, calcium and B6 and a rich source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, enhancing cognitive function and preventing brain ageing and maybe even cancer – who knew! Bottoms up, literally!