My mate Kristen and I strongly believe in feeding your period. Not about that ‘pizza and chocolate will worsen your cramps’ life. If I want a pizza, I’m bloody having one. Temporary fixes and all 😉 After all, nothing much beats comfort food, amirite?
When it comes to the whole pad vs. tampon debate, I’m firmly back in the pad camp these days. I read a horrendous article about a woman losing a leg and another losing her life after suffering from Toxic Shock Syndrome via a forgotten tampon and, you know what? I’m forgetful and anxious enough already. A sanitary towel is simple and comfortable to use for me and fits in nicely to my Mish Can’t Swim Anyway lifestyle. I strongly recommend these ones from Veeda. They’re made from 100% natural cotton and just feel pretty damn nice, as far as things go. In Hong Kong I used an organic cotton brand from South Korea and I was desperate to find something similar back home in England, and these tick all the boxes. So comfortable, kind on the skin and kind to the environment too! I hate the clammy feeling from the Always varieties, if ya get my drift.
Short of the whole avoiding my faithful white wardrobe and all that jazz, I suppose my other TOM tips and tricks include avoiding caffeine (for me it enhances pain from cramps) and replacing my morning coffee with a mug of Korean honey and ginger tea, running a long bath a day before your period is due – any excuse to crack out a The Comforter Bubble Bar, and, if you can stand it, some light yoga and a long walk. And failing that? Grab a pet, pop Netflix on and watch several episodes of vintage Gossip Girl.
Trust me, we’ve got this girls.