This is self-care on a whole other level. Because when you’re on your period you need extra comfort and nourishment than usual.
Here are 30 mindful things to do during your period so you can find calm pre-flow, mid-flow and even on heavy days.
The last time I wrote about my relationship with my period was to share tips on how to balance productivity with self-care during heavy days.
There was a big emphasis on listening to your body and showing yourself grace during your menstrual cycle.
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I wrote that blog post while I was on my period at a time where I needed to allow myself to just be.
And as I write today’s post, again perfectly in sync with my cycle, I’m feeling a little different.
Like a bit of a rebel actually.
Because this month I’m currently going through a phase where I’m craving more than to limit my to-do list, indulge in chocolate and listen to my hormones.
I want to stick the middle finger up at my period and get on with life.
To have fun.
In all honesty, I’ve had a tough couple of weeks due to personal reasons.
And whereas I would usually succumb to my period and curl up in bed and do nothing, this month I felt like I needed to distract myself. To make the most of it.
Because all I’ve been doing lately is finding comfort in old movies and escaping reality for an hour or two.
So there was no way I was letting my period get me down this month!
And that gave me the idea of putting together an extensive list of mindful things for you to do during your period.
A list that you can bookmark and refer back to when you don’t feel like lying in bed and watching TV all day.
A list of delightful but calming rituals to do pre-menstrual flow, mid-menstrual flow and hopefully even on heavy days, if the cramps are at a minimum and you’re well protected with 24hr wear period underwear!
These mindful activities will help you find calm and support you during your flow by easing the stress that comes with having a period.
30 mindful things to do on your period
- Go to a food market
- Put on some cheesy 90s music and have a dance party
- Invigorate your mind, body and mood with a cold shower and feel the benefits of cold water therapy
- Head to an independent bookstore or library and stock up on books to read during your period. My genre of choice when bleeding is contemporary fiction
- Put together a period package that includes your favourite treats and self-care essentials and post it to yourself so it arrives just in time for your heavy days
- Learn a dance routine and heck why don’t you film it and share it on TikTok? I hear all the cool kids are doing it!
- Check yourself into a spa for the day and indulge in a pre-menstrual massage, pedicure and facial
- Struggling to sleep? Get up early and watch the sunrise
- Declutter, tidy and clean your living spaces so it’s ready and smelling nice for your period
- Batch make some healthy meals that you can easily warm up during your mid-flow and heavier days when you can’t be bothered to cook
- Head to the cinema either on a date with a loved one or solo
- Build a gentle skincare routine or a homemade face mask with calming and anti-inflammatory ingredients in it
- Eat foods high in magnesium (like dark chocolate). Magnesium helps to relax muscles so can be a great relief for cramps
- Exercise lightly – do some yoga or pilates, swimming or go on a long hike
- Keep a journal purely for your period. Note down how you are feeling, what is triggering you, what food you crave etc.
- Cook a nourishing meal for you and a loved one and indulge
- Buy some lovely, fresh flowers from Bloom & Wild to brighten up your space
- Get creative. Either on Canva, Adobe or on paper
- Head to the park and lie down on a blanket as you watch the clouds and world go by. What can you spot in the sky?
- Plan a mini-break or day trip somewhere you’ve never been for when your period is over
Heavy days (if you’re up for it)
- Chat to a good friend on the phone and reminisce for hours.
- Get lost in period content on Youtube and hear all about other people’s flows and first-time stories
- Have a long, hot bubble bath with essential oils, a glass of wine, mellow music, a good book and burn a sandalwood candle
- Create a period playlist to listen to each month to help you feel better
- Treat yourself to an item on your wish list (we all have a wish list right?!)
- Fill up a hot water bottle and rest it on your belly while you lie on the couch watching inspiring Ted Talks
- Unplug for the day! Sometimes the best cure for a crap period is limiting the amount you consume on social media
- Don’t let your dip in mood get you down. Practice positive self-talk instead to boost your mood and love for yourself
- Haven’t change out of pyjamas for a few days? Open up that wardrobe, choose a fancy but comfy outfit, do your hair and put on some makeup. I guarantee you’ll feel more uplifted in no time
- Listen to an audiobook and get lost in your imagination
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Before I go
I hope that even on the darkest, most painful days of your period you can find comfort in a few of these activities.
They’ve definitely cheered me up when I needed them most.
And why not show yourself even more love during your period with the work-life balance planner that includes a whole section dedicated to your cycle.
The period planner page helps you to:
- Prioritise 1-3 important tasks only
- Track mood during your flow
- Keep a note of foods you are craving so you know what to indulge in
- Make a list of mindful things to do
- Reflect on your thoughts and emotions
I know periods can be a pain in the arse, but there are ways to make them less of a burden each month.
Until next week,
♡ Thalia xx
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