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Having a Better Period: The During Stage

In the previous blog, we talked about how I prep for my period so that I can remain emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically happy and healthy.

In today’s blog, I want to talk about the next stage, the During stage.

This is the stage that will require the most amount of planning.

As the name implies, this is the time period when I am on my period. Usually when I’m on my period, I feel a bit down. I feel down because I’m tired, I’m in pain, I’m uncomfortable, and I can never truly relax aware that.

1. Period Cup

I used to get more down during my period but switching to using a period cup has gone a LONG way to helping me, I can leave it in for 12 hours and I’m not as uncomfortable. For some reason, the way a tampon would sit when I inserted it would cause my backaches to be worst.

Having a period cup has been tremendously helpful.

2. Period Budget

Another thing that has been helpful is a period budget. This is a take out food budget. I usually do the majority of the cooking in my family. My husband and I used to split it 50/50 but with the way his schedule has been for work that has made it difficult.

Now he almost always prepares all the meals on Saturdays. And then one other random day of the week. But this still leaves me making 3 meals a day for 5 to 6 days a week. That’s A LOT of work and a lot of meals.

A period budget gives me peace of mind knowing that if I don’t feel well that day and my husband will not have time to get dinner ready, my family will still be fed in time so we can maintain our routine.

3. Limited Projects

I don’t take on any new projects or clients during this part of my cycle.

I’ve realized that this a time in my life where most of my energy needs to go inward instead of outward because my body and my emotions needs more of my attention.

4. Meditate

I’ve started meditating at night to help me go to sleep and I’ve loved it! I can feel the stress of the day melting and my spirit being soothed.

And so I thought, I need to make sure to do this when I’m on my period to help my body during this time of physical stress.

Usually I do the help with sleep meditation on an app called “Insight Timer.” But they have a bunch of different categories. I discovered a few guided meditations for menstruation. I’m excited to try those.

5. Mindful Watchfullness

I plan on being watchful of what I watch and listen to. Since I am usually emotional and extra sensitive during this time, I need to watch things that are not going to bring me to the pit of despair.

I mentioned in my prep stage blog post that I am using that time to create or refine my playlists. And listening to that playlist is what I plan on doing.

But I’m also planning on being mindful of social media. I’m intentionally not on Facebook very often because it’s much harder to control what you read, see, or hear. But on Instagram, I only follow accounts that leave me feeling thoughtful, calm, and inspired so going on there does not usually destroy my equilibrium.

I also like YouTube because I can immediately go to the accounts I subscribe to and don’t have to deal with accounts that are only going to bring me down. Especially during this time of high stress situations.

I also make sure to only visit blogs of people who are focused on making a positive change in the world. And thus are careful that what they put out there will only add good feelings to people, not take away.

6. Physical Comforts

I already mentioned the period cup and my meals. I want to mention a few other things I do to take care of my physical body.

Now, we are all different in the things that help us feel better when we are feeling unwell or when we are on our periods.

I have bad cramps and backache and have to make sure I have all the things I need to take care of those things (I do this during my prep stage). I make sure to use a heat pad, and I brew myself a delicious cup of herbal tea.

I notice that on my period being able to sit on something comfortable with my sitting blanket (a blanket I drape on my lap when I’m sitting) makes a difference both to the symptoms I’m experiencing and to my mental state.

Unfortunately, right now I do not have a single furniture I find comfortable to sit for a long time. And so that’s something I need to change.

But I try to make do with the current furniture by placing pillows behind my back.

My goal is to do the best I can with what I have until I get something different.

What do you do during your period to help you be more comfortable and still feel productive?

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