It is a fact of life. There are certain days in the month when a girl just sees red, feels weepy, and wants —needs— to stay under downy covers and watch a good movie (romantic comedies for me!) while nursing certain aches and pains.
- Pamper yourself, and take it easy as much as you can.
- Drink lots of hot water and tea. Above all, avoid the salt cravings. They never help.
- Do simple stretching exercises. The last thing you might want to do is exercise, but something light actually helps you channel your energy and focus on something besides your pains. You will feel better after; I promise! I recommend Mary Helen Bower’s Ballet Beautiful program.
- Make a point of dressing up. You will feel far more confident and beautiful than your condition would have you believe possible. Flowing tops, a-line skirts and a trench coat are amazing for hiding and flattering your figure at the same time!
On a related note, I wanted to share that I have made the switch over to reusable pads! I felt so awful for just tossing so many un-recyclable pads in the rubbish. The guilt and the numbers certainly add up during a woman’s lifetime; that’s a really huge pile sitting in a landfill!
There are plenty of amazing companies to choose from, but the one I bought my intro kit is from Vancouver based Lunapads. Not only is it great for the environment, and better for your skin with natural, non-scratchy fabrics, but it’s a fantastic way to save money as well. Plus they have a One4Her incentive: For every eligible Lunapad purchased, a girl in need will receive a Ugandan-made AFRIpad pad to support her school attendance. And ladies, they work. Seriously, not to be TMI, but I have a heavy flow and this kit has not failed me for the three months I’ve used it. Last but not least, they have some fun colours and patterns to choose from. My favourites are Cosmic Dancer and Cocoa Kaleidoscope.
How wicked is that? Colour me impressed!! I highly recommend them.
In case you’re interested, here’s what the intro kit includes:
- 1 Teeny Pantyliner
- 1 Mini Pantyliner
- 1 Mini Pad with 1 Mini Basic Insert & 1 Mini Wing Insert
- 1 Maxi Pad with 1 Maxi Basic Insert & 1 Maxi Wing Insert
Cleaning them is also quite easy, so don’t be daunted by the prospect! If you’re like me, you may be used to shutting your eyes, ripping pads off, rolling them up and tossing them into the trash, end of story. There are a few extra steps involved with reusable pads, but nothing incredibly complicated. Lunapads recommends pre-soaking –change water daily if you go that route– or rinsing in cold water, but that isn’t always necessary. For example, I worked through my last period. When it was time to change, I folded the pad up and secured it with the snap buttons, and threw it into a Ziploc bag in my purse. Double the bags up if you buy the flimsy no-name brands! (Lunapads does sell bags to store and soak used/new pads in, but it’s not in my budget at the moment.) When I got home, I simply un-fastened the snaps, threw it in with dark laundry on the cold water setting, and ran a load. The pad came out unstained, too! If you can’t wash it right away, you’ll definitely want to pre-soak or rinse it, just so nothing gets too ‘set’ in. I usually try to air dry them so that the fibers last longer, but since I only have a starter kit, that’s usually not possible if frequent changes are needed. Dry on low if you must. 🙂 (Thanks Katie for the wonderful question!!)
How do you beat feeling blue and seeing red during THAT week?