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2 years ago I started working at a “theme park” and all of the sudden “my friend” came to visit me…yep that time of the month. I remember I took a 5 minute break and ran to my locker to change and after that the hours felt like years and the pain was terrible. I don’t know if it was because I was working outside when it was 88 degrees or because I was standing for a long period of time. All I know is that I felt super uncomfortable which was a “No, No” in my book. Since that day I’ve learned my lesson. Now I’m always prepared and I carry “my period kit” even if I dont need it. I’m irregular so I never know! (story of my life!)
Whether you are regular or irregular like me, the reality is that the menstruation creates discomfort; it’s natural. And to help with the pain you have to find what makes you feel better and it varies for all of us. I have notice that when I’m in bed feeling sorry for myself because I’m in pain, I feel even worse. On the other hand, when I’m living my life as usual working and doing everyday chores, I feel so much better. I feel positive, comfortable and it’s because I’m occupied being productive.
I’ve also notice that since I did a few changes in my lifestyle when my period arrives, I don’t feel as moody. (Realness!)I think they have been the key to make me feel better when I’m in my period. I wanted to share them with you because they definitely have improved my mood during my period, how I feel and my confidence.
#1 Using the DivaCup!Reality: I was tired of having to buy pads that made me feel even worst during my period.
Looking on the internet for a different alternative to have period protection, I discovered the DivaCup which is a silicone menstrual cup for women of all ages. I didn’t think about it and went to Walgreens, bought DivaCup model 1 and now I am obsessed. The DivaCup comes in two sizes: DivaCup model 1 for women under 30 years who have never delivered vaginally or by c-section and the DivaCup model 2 for women who have delivered vaginally or by c-section. I use DivaCup model 1 and I love it because it’s comfortable, easy to clean, eco-friendly and economical. I did the math and realized that I spent over $150 dollars per year in pads that are not doing well to the ecosystem which is a big no-no. On the other hand, The Diva Cup is only $39.99/year which is amazing.
Also, I have found that using DivaCup is the easiest way to feel like myself, confident, during that time of the month and I think is because it’s 100% healthcare grade silicone and gives me leak-free protection for up to 12 hours which is a win-win. The best part? I can empty the DivaCup, wash and reuse very easily which means is perfect for traveling. (Happy Dance!) I honestly don’t know why I took so long to try this convenient alternative; it’s a positive life changer. If you are looking for a better period care, I highly recommend you try the DivaCup. I don’t deal anymore with tampons or pads, I’m saving money each month and that makes me happy.
Prior to first use, boil your DivaCup in an open pot of water for 5-10 minutes. When it comes to application, is very easy to use you just have to fold it and insert it. It may take a few tries the first time you use it but TRUST ME is worth it. Please, click here for more information about the product before you use it and also consult with your healthcare provider if you have any questions with regards to your gynecological health.
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#2 Yoga2 months ago I started to work out and also started practicing yoga. I did it as part of a lifestyle change and at first I was a little skeptical about it. But I gave it a try and I don’t regret it. Before, when I had my period I used to not workout because it felt uncomfortable. But doing my research found that yoga was a good alternative for those days because it helps to relieve tension and pain which is all I need it.
At first I wasn’t used to it but with time and practice it felt more natural. I love that is a physical workout that connects with my emotions and helps to improve my mood and attitude during my period. It’s definitely another positive life changer!
#3 Hair, Makeup and Outfit!If I stay in pajamas all day while I’m in my period, I don’t feel like myself. Sure, I’ve had those days but I don’t like the feeling of staying in pajamas all day because it makes me feel less productive. That’s why I recommend that when you are in those days you do your hair or put on some makeup on. This way you’ll feel confident because you are taking care of yourself. I personally need to have my hair done, that’s my rule. Whether I have straight hair or effortless waves, I always make sure to do my hair and put on a cute outfit (preferably a romper) because that’s what makes me feel beautiful and confident.
Let me know in the comments, what makes you feel confident?