8 Things That Can Make Your Period Cramps Worse

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6. Stress

6. Stress
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Stress by itself is anyway a pain. Combine it with your period? Yeah, not fun. Stress is responsible for lowering your pain threshold, making you even more sensitive to menstrual cramps, painful aches, and much more. How to cope? Well, try activities that are known to bust stress. They may sound hyped, but trust us, meditation, art, reading, and yoga actually work. Get some soul food for that foul mood! (Author’s note: Ignore the bad rhyming.)

 

7. Not Enough Exercise

7. Not Enough Exercise

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When you’re squirming with that period pain and all you want to do is just lie there and die, don’t. Think twice. Your lack of movement may actually not be the most helpful. Instead, if you exercise in moderation and not be extreme (don’t go Arnold Schwarzenegger on us!), you can expect an increase in your blood flow. This can aid in decreasing stress, which can make the period days a little more bearable.

 

8. Salt

8. Salt

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Though getting enough fluids into your system to rehydrate your body is tremendously important, it is also important to avoid foods that possess a high salt content. Even more so, when it comes to that obnoxious bloating (aka the bane of your menstrual existence), salt can lead to water retention, which can only make matters worse. During your periods, say no to salt and yes to water. If water ain’t your poison, go for juices, smoothies, teas or even flavored water. The point is to get enough fluids, but beware of the sugar.

All in all folks, menstruation will always be a metaphorical and physical pain for a woman. And her immediate family and friends. And her twitter followers. But though it may be a burden, it doesn’t mean it has to hurt unbearably every time. Avoid these Hateful Eight (no we didn’t mean the movie), and the next time your period comes around, you may just smile right through the end. (Or grimace. It also depends on pain thresholds after all.)