Period Hacks: How to Feel Better on Your Period

Whether you are 14 or 41, you undoubtedly experience some pain throughout your menstrual cycle. It is no secret that our body undergoes significant changes that may affect our mood. From food cravings, sleep disturbances, cramps to headaches and muscular stiffness, "Aunt Flo" has arrived.  

And maybe you even start to experience this before your period begins, say hello to premenstrual syndrome (PMS). While everyone experiences their period differently, thankfully, in this day and age, there are several tried-and-true period hacks that may help alleviate some of the discomforts during your period. 


1. Wear comfortable clothes 

Choose clothes that are not restricting or tight. This is particularly crucial around your waist and stomach area. Choose underwear that can keep your sanitary products in place. Wear breathable clothes to prevent feeling sweaty or overheated. 

  • Choose a pair of old underpants. Thus, you will not bother as much if they get stained, and you may use them in case of an emergency.  
  • You may also try wearing wide-leg shorts to hide the pad (if you are using one).  
  • Clothing that is loose and elasticized is good for bloating and comfort.  
  • When you are having your period, the most comfortable clothes to wear are sweatpants and sweatshirts. 

2. Eat healthy foods 

It's normal to want carbs like bread, chocolate, and cheese while you're on your period, but overeating these might make you feel worse. Your stomach will thank you later for avoiding processed foods and excessive salt. Iron deficiency anemia, which can cause brain fog, fatigue, and mood swings, is also common in women with heavy periods. These menstruation symptoms may be alleviated by maintaining a healthy diet and staying hydrated. If you're craving something sweet, you may consider dark chocolate. It is a rich source of magnesium, which may help regulate serotonin levels and improve your mood.  

  • Fill up on fiber – Fiber will minimize bloating and improve healthy digestion. Some good options are almonds, apples, artichokes, beans, blackberries, sweet potatoes, and whole grains.  
  • Supplement properly – Foods and supplements containing calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamins E, B6, B12, and omega-3s alleviate most menstrual and PMS symptoms.  
  • Include protein-rich foods – Lean protein helps maintain stable blood sugar levels and reduces cravings. Try consuming lean fish, meats, almond butter, and chickpeas.  
  • Proper hydration – Drinking enough water combats fatigue and dehydration, enhancing brain function, digestive regularity, and hormone balance.  
  • Healthier snacks – Try snacking on fruits and vegetables, which are better alternatives. Fruits and vegetables are beneficial to the body. Moreover, iron-rich foods should be consumed during menstruation to replenish the iron lost in the blood during your period.