Being on your period sucks. Which is why we’re huge advocates of period care packages – or Shark Week Survival Kits, as we like to call them. It’ll contain all the things you need to alleviate the pain and discomfort when your uterus is punching itself out. Scroll through the gallery to below for some things that’ll make you feel better when Aunt Flo visits.
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Diffuse some essential oil
Aromatherapy can help to alleviate some symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and period cramps. Try lavender oil if you’re feeling tense, or ylang-ylang if you’re feeling particularly moody. Chamomile and eucalyptus are also known for their calming properties if you’re feeling irritable.
Muji regular aroma diffuser (large), $89. Muji essential lavender oil, $23 (10ml), $53 (30ml).
Stick a heated pad on your abdomen
Applying heat has been proven to relieve cramps. So if you tend to get horrendous cramps during that time of the month, it might be worth stocking up on some MenstruHeat pads. They’re ergonomically designed to fit your abdomen, and emit heat up to 60 degrees. By the way, each heat pad can last up to 12 hours!
MenstruHeat is available at Guardian and 7-11 stores. Also retailing online at the pslove website.
Light a scented candle
Dim the lights, light a scented candle, snuggle into bed, and… ahhh. Pure bliss. By the way, TWG Tea has a line of scented candles that might just do the trick. There’s a lovely French Earl Grey scented candle that will transport you to the picturesque countryside of Provence, which will temporarily take your mind off the cramps.
TWG Tea scented candles retail at $90 each and is available in all TWG Tea boutiques in Singapore.
Treat yourself to some snacks
Your appetite tends to increase the week before you get your period. And period hanger is real, so don’t feel guilty about indulging yourself a little during Shark Week, or the week leading up to it. Spatula and Whisk, a homegrown brand, not only makes amazing handmade cookies, they also deliver them right to your doorstep. You must try their Asian-inspired flavours: Kopi Chocolate, Thai Milk Tea and Gula Melaka Coconut.
Spatula and Whisk cookies are available on their website and at Keepers, #01-01 National Design Centre.
Eat some chocolate
It’s such a cliché that we turn into chocolate-chomping monsters while we’re on our periods, but there’s a reason for this. As it turns out, your serotonin (the hormone that makes you feel good) level drop, while your cortisol (the stress hormone) level increases. Naturally, your body would crave sugary foods when this happens. To lessen your guilt, get one of Fossa Chocolate’s handcrafted bars that’s made without any additives.
Fossa Chocolate is available on their website and at Keepers, #01-01 National Design Centre.
Try a menstrual cup
People who have tried and loved the menstrual cup have said that switching over from pads and tampons have made their period experience much better. How so? For starters, menstrual cups are leak-free if inserted properly, so you don’t have to worry about staining your cute undies ever again. Also, it’s reportedly more comfortable, and for those who lead very active lifestyles, it’s great for when you’re exercising on your period. You can even go swimming on your period with menstrual cups! Thinking of giving it a whirl? Get yourself a Freedom Cup, a Singaporean company that donates a cup to a woman in need for every cup sold.
Sip on chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is known to reduce muscle spasms and helps you to relax – which is exactly what you need when those first-day cramps hit. And because it stimulates blood flow in your pelvic area, it can also help to regulate your period.
25 classic chamomile teabags from Newby Teas, $19.
You know it’s super comforting when you’re snuggling up against something warm and soft. How about this mermaid throw for a touch of magic?
Have painkillers on standby
Because duh. Period cramps are just the worst. But if over-the-counter painkillers don’t make you feel better, you need to go to your doctor’s to see if there’s an underlying issue that is causing this pain.