It’s a fact in life that, once adolescence hits, most females in the world will be hit with their period. Whether you’re shy about it and can’t even deal with saying the word “tampon” out loud or you happily tell anyone who’ll listen about your crimson flow, it’s one of those things that most of us have in common but no-one ever really talks about.
It’s a pretty age-old cliche that being on your period means hanging out at home with a hot water bottle, 10 bars of chocolate and a soppy romcom but advertising and YouTube stars are challenging that and proving that girls can do anything and be anything- no matter what time of the month.
From pain relief to what to do when mother nature surprises you in an awkward place, we’ve compiled the X best period hacks that you need to know.
Have a nap
If you feel extra tired before or during your period, embrace it. Your body is incredibly busy and if you want to nap in the middle of the day, go for it. And if you’re the type of person who can’t sleep without total darkness, give this cute DIY sleep mask a go for the perfect snooze.
But don’t be afraid to get active.
It’s a fact that getting active and working out helps with pain relief. So if the cramps are making you scream like the crowd at a Dan and Phil meet-up, pull your trainers out and go for a run.
If running isn’t your thing, a simple yoga class can help with pain relief and make you feel totally chilled out. We’ve long been fans of this routine by ‘Yoga with Candice’.
Eat more fruit and vegetables- but avoid those that bloat you further
During your period, you tend to crave more food as your body works overtime and it’s incredibly easy to reach for junk food but the week around your period is when you need the most nutrients. Try and avoid anything with high salt levels- they’ll bloat you further.
A delicious smoothie is the perfect way to kick start your day when you’re on your period- spinach, papaya, pineapple and ginger are a delicious combination and will give your body the fuel it needs but won’t make you bloat even more.
Beat The Smell
Let’s be real- all of us are conscious of that particular odour that happens around the time of the month but there’s ways to beat it to put you more at ease (but trust it, other people don’t notice it). The last thing you want to do is use anything perfumed “down below” that’s going to upset your natural pH balance. Coconut oil is brilliant for using in the shower, it’ll keep you fresh whilst being entirely natural and not causing any upset.
The gorgeous SunKissAlba uses coconut oil in her shower routine video:
We initially got this tip from the lovely TalkBeckyTalk’s period hack video so be sure to check that out, too.
It’s happened to us all- we’ve got our period when we least expect it and we have no pads or tampons on us. From sitting in class to being on a date, it always seems to happen at the worst possible time. You can’t always get one from a friend or dash out to the supermarket. However, there are ways to deal with the situation without panicking.
Most people will resort to toilet paper but the whole point of it is that it disintergrates and can be flushes away easily. There are a ton of DIY pad tutorials on YouTube but the best we’ve found is by the lovely Marissa Rachel who gives us a ton of options- including what to use from your sports or gym kit if you ever get caught out before working out.
What to do if you leak
Ever been worried you’ve leaked? Or, indeed, had a pretty heavy period where it’s stained your clothes? It’s probably one of the most embarrassing things we’ve ever experiences ourselves but there are ways around it.
If you notice during the day that you’ve managed to leak and it’s stained your clothing, try and grab a jumper or shirt to tie around your waist- it’ll hide the stain and add a little something extra to your outfit. Secondly, there are ways to remove stains on your bedsheets and clothing without throwing them away. Surprisingly, salt will become your best friend as it loosens up blood stains; just scrub with a toothbrush and some water and you’ll be sorted.
DIY Period Kit
Our final hack is all about making a small DIY period kit- something you can store in your bag or locker and have on you at all times. We suggest using a pretty pencil case of makeup bag- for a start, no-one would ever know what was inside and you’ll never have to face the embrassing situation of having your tampons fall out of your bag all over the floor.
What you choose to put in the kit is up to you but we reckon a mix of tampons, pads, a packet of painkillers, an emergency pair of underwear and a small pot of coconut oil for the aforementioned freshening up.
We’d love to know your favourite hack videos; leave them in the comments below. And be sure to check out our latest Slay or Nay video.