3 Ways to Make That Time of the Month a Bit Easier

I kind of think we need to get over the 'squickiness' surrounding periods. 50% of the population have to deal with it so why should it be taboo to talk about them? Long gone are the days when women retired to their chambers for a week every month; whether it's work, holidays, sports, events or anything else, most of us have to find a way to carry on even when that dreaded time of the month gets in the way. Everyone experiences things differently; some (lucky) people can just shrug and grab a tampon, others have crippling cramps, nausea, sluggishness and extreme bloating. Whichever camp you fall into, I'm sure most of us find it at the very least 'pretty inconvenient'. These are my top ways to make yourself feel a little better when the show must go on...

Get Up and Dressed

If you're like me then even just slobbing around in your PJs on a Sunday can get seriously boring. Sometimes not getting out of bed makes you feel even more sluggish and unwell so if you even just get up to walk to the corner shop, it's good to get up and out of the house. It's amazing how even just a bit of makeup and fresh air can make you feel like you can handle the day despite feeling rubbish when you woke up. It also gives you something to focus on instead of curling up in  foetal position with nothing else to think about other than how awful you feel!

Treat Yourself

I was kindly sent a Pink Parcel* (£6.99 for your first one then £10.50/month including postage), which is a monthly subscription box (designed to fit through your letter box) that you can have sent out when you're due on. If you're like me, it doesn't matter how many boxes of tampons you think you bought; on Day 1 you *will* be rooting around in the bottom of your bag trying to find a spare! You get a little drawstring pouch with pads and/or tampons (whichever you prefer) which you can throw in your bag for on the go (no more rummaging - yay!) There's a small box full of overnight supplies and a larger box of backups to keep you going for the rest of the week so you're always prepared. There's also a box full of goodies to cheer you up! 

This month it was a Sunkissed Shimmer Dust Brush* which is lovely for adding some golden glow to the shoulders and décolletage. There are some Jealous Sweets* and mine were (vegan-friendly) fruity gummy bears (less chewy but they have so much more fruity flavour than your usual gummy bears). I also have a sachet of the Teapigs Matcha Tea*, because realistically when you're feeling rubbish, tea is the first thing you'll want to reach for (this bright green tea is so good, I think it's my new obsession!) There's another healthy snack in the form of the Emily Crunchy Apple Fruity Crisps*, which are just yummy dried fruit flakes. You also get an Estella Bartlett Friendship Bracelet* (mine is a bright pink string bracelet with silver beads). Inside the box there's also the Sass Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate*, because ingrown hairs are never nice. Especially not there...! You just put a little of this on after whatever hair removal you've undergone and it will both soothe and exfoliate the skin to prevent ingrown hair horror! I also got a Cougar Liquid Lipstick in Mulberry* which is a nice, opaque liquid lipstick in a non-drying (but still long-lasting) formula. The mauve colour is very on-trend and reminds me a lot of ColourPop's Lumiere 2. It does take a couple of swipes to get the colour fully opaque but I still think this is a really nice formula! Finally there's a So Susan Highlighting Pencil* which is a matte pinky-cream shade. I'm not sure if it's intended for all over the face but for me it's a great one for highlighting the brow bone.

I absolutely love this idea because not only are you prepared even if you forgot you were due, but you get a load of cute surprises to cheer you up a bit. Makeup and sweet things pretty much make my world go round so for me there's no better pick-me-up when I feel gross! Having some new beauty bits to play with is also a great motivator to get up and dressed. 

Don't Push Yourself Too Hard

I've definitely learnt the hard way that sometimes you just aren't up to work or whatever else you have going on! People can be a little bit dismissive of just how unwell you can feel during those first couple of days so it can feel like you're being silly but if you don't feel well enough then why does it matter what the cause is? If you're always getting really bad cramps and feeling unwell in yourself then there's also no shame in going to see your doctor. I think people get it into their head that they shouldn't 'bother' their doctor until they're on death's door but there's no harm in being safe and just making sure that everything's ok and finding out ways to manage it.

How do you make that time of the month a little bit more bearable?

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  1. Great post and ideas! That box sound's like a great idea and I haven't heard of anything like that before. Taking care of yourself when you're on is so important x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

  2. I loathe it when period comes but it's also the only time in the month I can wear nail polishes, so, I guess; yay? lol I love trying out all sorts of hot drink during period too, though hot chocolate is my go-to (since it does wonder on my cramp), peach tea and chai has been my favorite lately.

    Selene Addicted

  3. These are such great ideas! I particularly agree with the Get Up and Dressed part, it can be quite hard to motivate myself, but I never regret doing it, it just helps so much!


  4. I have heard of the Pink Parcel Package, it sounds really good. For me I find pushing myself to go out for a walk helps.. and of course chocolate!

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  5. Ah, my period is the bane of my life - the nausea/faintness is so bad that I have to stay in bed! I always find that, as you mentioned, a quick walk to the corner shop helps though. Great post xx

    Phoebe & Abida | phoebida.blogspot.co.uk

  6. Great post! I've heard great things about the Pink Parcel, it sounds like such a good idea. I'm a lover of some pain medication and a hot water bottle when my cramps get too bad. They instantly makes me feel better!
    xx Dany | The Queens Empire

  7. I really want to try Pink Parcel, I think it's such a great little pick me up!
    Jen / Velvet Spring x

  8. This is such a cool little idea! Cannot beat a little pick me up before that time!



    1. Definitely as I usually dread it when I know it's coming so this really cheers me up :) xx

  9. That time of the month is so ruff for me. I literally just want to stay under a blanket and sleep all day. It is so hard finding the motivation to do anything sometimes! Great tips here x


  10. This sounds like such a cool idea! Defiantly going to check this out! Me and my sister were talking the other day saying that something like this would be good :)

    Kia x x x

  11. Great concept. Havenot tried any of the box yet but I will try soon. I just try to be in those oversize shirts and eat cupcakes in those days. I have learnt it in a hardway too not to push ourselves hard. Great post :)

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  12. I have PCOS so I get some very intense moodswings when I'm on my period - I've learned to not feel guilty if I need to spend some time alone being grumpy and throwing chocolate at my face. The subscription box sounds like a lovely idea! x


    1. I used to live with someone with PCOS and can imagine how much it must mess up your cycle and moods :( definitely look after yourself! xx

  13. Love the sound of the subscription box! For that time of month, I spend my time in comfortable clothing with endless amounts of chocolates.

    Lee |www.thatbellemakeup.co.uk

  14. Luckily my time of the month isn't too bad, every once in a while I'll get bad cramps but usually I feel fine, just inconvenienced. A subscription box would be great for people who have a really bad period!


  15. I love this post, I will literally do anything to make it a little more bearable!

    Danielle xx

  16. My personal favourite way is by getting a coil... so I don't really have a period lol. Best thing ever. Love the idea of the box though, would be a great gift for teen girls just starting :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. I'm actually on a method of contraception that's *supposed* to stop them altogether but I'm in the unlucky 1% who get them anyway D: xx

  17. What an amazing idea! I believe we have something similar here in Aus! I will have to look it up! I'm luck enough to have not had my period for over a year now! Breastfeeding seems to be keeping it away for me. I must admit, I am thoroughly enjoying it!! Not looking forward to the return!! haha <3


  18. Great post. I am in so much pain the first couple of days I just want to curl up on the couch and not move. Hard to do with a little one. So midol, lots of coffee, and chocolate. Yoga helps a bit but still..chocolate lots of chocolate

    1. Ugh me too - I feel you! I need to try Yoga xx

  19. Definitely getting up and doing stuff makes me feel 100 times better! This box is such a good idea. Every month for some reason it comes as surprise to me haha. So I'm defo going to look into this :) xx

    LPage Beauty

  20. Oh boy! I'm right in the middle of that time and you're so right. I work at my home office and normally stay in pajamas until mid day but in these days I like to get dressed up and ready as if I was going out. It does boost me! x

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  21. Going through this right now, and love to read your way of handling this. Going to start with some of these tomorrow!

  22. Thank you for your comments - really hope this was useful! xx


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