On Your Period? Pamper Yourself!

What is menstruation in all its glory? Bloating, cramps, attitude … the list goes on. But instead of moping and moaning and groaning and grrrrrrr, celebrate your fabulous femininity by taking care of your sweet self! Hey, we’re betting you could get used to this every month.

Take a Soothing Bath
Nothing is more calming than soaking in a warm tub, so call dibs on the bathroom for at least 45 minutes. (Your little bro banging on the door can really kill a bathtime good vibe.) As you fill the tub with warm water, pour in 2 cups of Epsom salt and a couple of drops of essential oil or olive oil. Make yourself a cup of hot tea, then sit back in your bath and relax … aaahhhh.

Make a Movie Date
Have a low-key movie marathon night at home with the family or just by yourself. Rent a few DVDs, or turn on the movie channel. When you’re on your period, you tend to crave salty and sweet foods. So pop some popcorn and toss in a few handfuls of any of these extras to make a yummy snack mix: chocolate chips, peanuts, raisins, mini-pretzels, sunflower seeds. Now dim the lights, curl up with a soft blanket and chill out in front of the TV.

Dress up … or Way Down

Sometimes when you feel really icky, dressing up can be a real mood lifter. Pull your hair back with a pretty headband and pick out an outfit that’s dressy but comfortable. You’ll feel so good about yourself that you’ll forget you feel blah. Or on the flip side, wear your most baggy pants all day … even if it’s the sweats you usually only sleep in. Throw on a tank top, hoodie and pair of cute flats. To finish the look, put your hair in a messy pony and consider it comfy couture.

Stuff Your Face

Satisfy those food cravings we mentioned before. You already feel bloated, so what’s the big deal? Sure, the calories still count -- but a once-a-month treat isn’t going to make you or break you. Get dressed up or throw on those sweatpants, and head to your favorite casual diner or cafe with a friend. Order whatever your taste buds desire. Don’t forget dessert. (Chocolate seems to be the indulgence of choice for most girls on their periods.)