How to Stay Calm During Your Menstrual Cycle

Sometimes it may be hard to control yourself around others when you are having your period. Cramps, stained clothes, cravings and a tendency to act irritable or mean can make it difficult to stay calm and act ordinary during your cycle.


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    Warn people ahead of time that you're not in a good mood. That way they'll be more prepared for possible irritable behaviour from you.
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    Try to relax- the more you relax, the more controlled you are. Picture relaxing scenes and don't tense up.
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    Treat yourself - spend half an hour body-brushing before a shower or applying moisturiser all over your body in a mini-massage. Get your nails done, or a facial.
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    Eat properly - a diet of complex carbohydrates to maintain blood sugar levels, fibre to reduce bloating and protein will help stop mood swings and cravings. Do not give in to lethargy and simply snack through your entire period, as this will make you feel much worse.
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    If you feel nervous or sick, excuse yourself from the room you happen to be in (if necessary) and try drinking some water - you might feel a bit better. Just relax and take deep breaths.
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    Stop thinking about it. Worrying about it all the time would make you even more nervous and irritable. Keep yourself busy and try to take things with a grain of salt.
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    Be empathetic. Try to empathize and understand that not everyone is trying to annoy or anger you.
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    Change your pad/tampon regularly. It will make you less worried about stains, odours, cleanliness, etc.
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    Let it all out! When you get to a "safe" place, such as your bedroom, release any of the bad emotions you've been hiding during the day. Crying in response to the hormonal balance in your body is perfectly natural, and will help to relieve tension.

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  • Should I still go out when I am on my period?
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    • If you're feeling okay, there's no reason to restrict your activities. Just be sure to bring an extra pad/tampon, just in case.
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  • Is it normal to cry throughout my period?
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    • For certain people, this is normal. Everyone has different mood swings during their period. What's normal for one person isn't necessarily normal for another.
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  • How can I manage negative feelings during this time, such as feeling angry with someone I like?
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    • Try to cool down. Walk away for 10 seconds and try to remember why you're mad. You could also try to close your eyes and count to 10 instead. This will give your mind some time to calm down and process the information, as opposed to overeating to it.
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  • How can I skip my period? Is it good to do so?
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    • There are ways to make yourself skip your period, such over-exercising or manipulating it via birth control, but for most women it's not healthy to do so. A regular period is a sign of reproductive health. You don't want to mess with that unless you have to.
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  • How come people are really heavy bleeders and other people aren't?
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    • Every body is different, so that is really hard to answer without knowing the facts for each individual concerned. Hormones and genetic makeup are usually responsible for the variation, but medical conditions and luck can play a part too. See your doctor if you have specific concerns.
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  • I have my period today and I'm arguing with my boyfriend. What can I do?
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    • I was just doing the same and realized it's most likely because of my period. Don't make yourself more mad by thinking "ugh this is because of my period" or "I hate myself right now" because of it. I think it helps more to tell him that you aren't feeling too well because of it and hopefully he will understand. It'll get better.
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  • How do I stop crying when on my period?
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    • There is nothing wrong with crying while on your period. It helps you get all of your inner emotions out. If you try to restraint yourself, you will only feel worse. If you are feeling really subconscious about crying, try to cry when you are alone. Remember to take deep breaths and to drink plenty of water as well.
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  • I got my period yesterday and today there was no bleeding only white discharge. What is this and is it normal?
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    • Yes, that is normal. Don't worry about it, it's just cleaning your system.
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  • Is it normal to cry about two or three weeks before or after a period?
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    • It can be. It is important to remember that everyone is different, so the amount there is no set amount of crying that is considered 'normal.' If you are finding that you are crying excessively, you may want to consult a doctor for professional medical advice, just to make sure there is nothing else going on.
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  • How can I calm down my sexual feelings when I have my period?
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    • You can calm down your sexual feelings when you have your period by distracting yourself with something that's not sexy at all: continue a craft project you have been working, watch a movie that's not very sexy, like a comedy, cook, exercise. And try to avoid being alone with people you are attracted to.
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  • Be comfortable, relax, and take things slowly, take some time off to yourself and away from others.
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  • You're not alone. Other women will know what you're going through. You can ask your friends if you need help or advice.
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  • Take your mind off of things with your favorite chick flick.
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  • Some women get low progesterone levels during this time, which can cause anxiety-depression, mood swings, and cramps. Progesterone is a natural hormone that is available without prescription (Progest is one good brand); in many cases application of progesterone may relieve symptoms within an hour. For more information, see How to Get Through PMS.
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  • Exercise to let energy out. It doesn't have to be intense - it can be something simple like a few push-ups three times a day. Exercise releases endorphins to make you happy, and increases blood flow around the body, which can help relieve cramps.
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  • Talk to an older person (like your mom) if you don't feel comfortable.
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  • Fatigue is also normal, so try to rest more and do something that takes your mind off your period, like reading. Severe pain may come but try not to take pills, try to get your mind off it.
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  • Put a warm towel , a bottle of warm water, or a warm rice bag over your lower stomach to relieve your cramp pain.
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  • Masturbating actually does help get rid of cramps.
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  • Don’t lash out at everyone because you’re mad at them, take deep breaths, walk away and calm down. It’s normal to get irritated easily when you’re on your period.
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  • Don't use your period to justify behaviour that you know is wrong, such as being mean or impulse buying. Treating yourself and letting out bad emotions shouldn't end with an overdraft and broken friendships!
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  • Don't be afraid to leave. If you get sick or feel bad, don't torture yourself. Let yourself rest and have some down-time so you can relax.
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  • Extra pads/tampons

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