Methods of self-care for cramps
Here are some easy methods of self-care that can alleviate painful symptoms, even if only a little.
Improve your blood circulation by taking a bath
The key is to warm your lower body to improve blood circulation. So the first thing we recommend is bathing. Although it is said that taking a bath during a period increases menstrual flow, the truth is that the flow does not change. So try soaking your body in a bathtub of water more often. Using bath salts that warm the body and aromatic oils that encourage blood circulation make this even more effective.
If you do not wish to soak yourself in a bath of water during your periods, foot bathing is another effective option. Fill a bucket, or a similar container, with water at a temperature of about 41 degrees Celsius, and soak your feet in it. Your lower body will become comfortably warm in about 15-20 minutes. This is a method that is also recommended as effective in treating poor blood circulation.
Relaxing aromatherapy and yoga are also good
You will feel pain more when your nerves or your body are tense. How about trying yoga, light exercises, and aromatherapy to alleviate discomfort so that you can relax as much as possible? Some people say that acupuncture, acupressure, and massages also help. Try different methods to find the one that best suits you.
Easy exercises you can do at your workplace to improve blood circulation in the lower body
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Place your hands on your hips and grind your hips slowly, as if you were drawing a circle. Do this clockwise and counterclockwise, 20 times each.
Ankle bending and stretching while seated
Sit on a chair with a relaxed posture. With your heels on the ground, raise your toes slowly until your ankles are bent 90 degrees, and count to 5. Slowly bring your toes down again. Next, staying in your chair, raise your feet on tiptoes, stretch your ankles and insteps well and count to 5. Do these two exercises 5 times each.
Spending a lot of time at your desk naturally worsens blood circulation in your lower body. These exercises are useful not only during your period but also as something to incorporate in your daily routine. However, if you have severe cramps, it is also important not to exercise too hard. Listen to your body and continue exercising only as much as you feel comfortable.