We all know it – the period slump. We wake up feeling sluggish, and period cramps make us want to stay in bed all day. Alas, we rarely can! Life goes on and until period cramps are taken seriously enough that we can take time off work for them (one day, maybe!) we need to adapt. So, how do you feel more energetic? Here are a few solutions for you to try!
As your progesterone and oestrogen levels fall, your energy may dip. Exercise can keep you more energized throughout your period. While some types of exercise are better avoided during menstruation (heavy exercise that leaves you breathless, especially if you tend to feel light-headed during your period), regular physical activity can benefit both your body and your mind. You may want to consider taking some time off from your regular routine and incorporate lower-intensity workouts, or you may need to modify it slightly to accommodate your body's needs. However, if you're feeling tired during your period, it's important to listen to your body and do what it tells you it needs– if that's going for a walk instead of a run, that's fine! If you're feeling unwell or in pain, you should skip your exercise altogether.
Eat WellWe know – you just want to fulfill those cravings! However, eating processed foods will probably just make you feel more tired because of the insulin crash that follows a sugary snack or processed meal. Fuel your body with the right foods instead! Focus on quality carbs, fats, and proteins, and don’t forget to stay hydrated.
Other methods include taking short naps (not too long as it could mess up your sleep schedule!), avoiding caffeine before bed so you have a good night’s sleep, and indulging in self-care. Ultimately, your low energy is there for a reason – your body is busy getting rid of your uterine wall, and that takes a lot of energy! So, be kinder to yourself during those days.
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