What You Need To Know If You’re Stuck In An Unhappy Relationship

What You Need To Know If You’re Stuck In An Unhappy Relationship

In the midst of really difficult relationship troubles, a friend handed me a book she thought would really help me. I never opened that book. I didn’t have to. The title of the book alone was enough to save me.




I grew up greatly influenced by the ideals of our good old-fashioned fairy tales. I really thought I’d find a guy who was going to rescue me. He’d ‘complete me’, make me happy and whole, and of course, we’d live happily ever after. In fact, I was banking on it. I was so sure marriage was going to bring me my happily ever after and I was equally as sure that my Prince Charming was not only going to make my world okay, but make me okay.

Being someone who had spent most of her life wrestling with self-worth, I really thought true love would be the magic fairy dust that would put an end to this never-ending feeling of not being good enough. It turns out, though, that being a young, dedicated romantic who valued the ideals of love and respect wasn’t enough. Without believing I was deserving of love and respect, I certainly wasn’t in a position to attract a partner who thought I was deserving of it either.



So, when I met my husband-to-be, I quickly dismissed the many red flags that were showing up, in exchange for my hopes and dreams of being loved and finally feeling worthy and whole. Instead of my happily ever after, though, I ended up in a very unhealthy, unhappy marriage, and whatever fragile sense of worth I had going into the marriage was slowly stripped away as our relationship steadily disintegrated into a toxic pool of dysfunction. I was incredibly unhappy and had no idea what was wrong, or how to begin to change it.

All I knew was it wasn’t the fairytale marriage I had hoped it would be. So, I tried harder. I tried harder to be a better wife, a better mother, better housekeeper, better cook, better friend, a better listener, funnier, smarter, prettier. I went to therapy and read every self-help book I could get my hands on. And I learned to hope. Hope had become a great comforter. Hope had become a way of not having to face the ugly truths of my marriage. We are taught to hope. That hoping is a virtue, and that it overcomes despair and frustrations.

Being hopeful feels good. It feels like the right thing to do – the right thing to always be. It feels purposeful. Hope doesn’t give up. Hope doesn’t quit. Hope believes in the impossible and instills faith. And that’s what I did really well. I hoped. I hoped my marriage would get better. I hoped we could fix it. I hoped he would be less critical. I hoped he wouldn’t be so angry. I hoped he’d change. I hoped we’d be happy. I hoped he would keep loving me. I hoped that it would become the fairy tale marriage I had always hoped for.

And after our marriage ended, I still kept hoping. Hoping he’d pick me. Hoping he’d want to fix things. Hoping we might still be able to work things out. Hoping. Hoping. Hoping. I speak with women all the time who are caught in this very trap of hoping. It feels safer to ignore our unhappiness than it does to face the truth of it. In that very moment of recognizing unhappiness, there are two things working hand in hand that stop you from truly acknowledging it: Denial and hope. There is a subtle dance that goes on between denial and hope – the dismissal of our own truth (denial) and the belief that what we want can be had (hope). They require each other to work effectively. To be able to keep hoping things can change, despite nothing ever changing, we have to continually deny the truth of our experience.

The problem is that while hoping momentarily feels better, endless hoping is not serving us in the long term. For me, hope had become a dangerous thing. Hope had kept me accepting the unacceptable and tolerating the intolerable. Hope kept me blind to the truth of what was. Remember the book I mentioned? The title was “When Hope Can Kill”. It stopped me dead in my tracks. It was all I needed to know. I instantly had a shift, and at that very moment, I knew what hoping for all those years was doing: it was slowly killing me.




I was ‘hoping’ myself to death. I hoped as hope drained the life out of me. I hoped as hope deceived me. I hoped as hope blinded me. I hoped because I was afraid to stop – the alternative felt too scary. But the truth is we can’t change what we don’t acknowledge. Hope keeps you focused on what is wanted and keeps you disconnected from the truth of what is.

As long as I was invested in the hope and dream of what my marriage could be, I was completely disconnected from the truth of what it actually was – from the very truth that would set me free. We can only make changes from the truth of what is – not from the hope of what it could be. So, to be able to see the truth of my marriage and acknowledge it, I needed to first give myself permission to see and explore my own unhappiness without taking any action. If I believed that by acknowledging my unhappiness, I’d have to take some kind of action I wasn’t ready to take (i.e. leave my marriage), I wouldn’t have been able to stay present with the truth of my experience.

To leave would have been too big of a leap, and hope and denial would have kicked back into action. We are powerless from the position of hope. Hope doesn’t change things – the truth does.

If you are caught in the cycle of hope and denial, whenever you find yourself hoping that something will be different than it is, come back to the truth of the situation and allow yourself to be present with it just as it really is. When you stay present with the truth of what is, and not the dream of what you hope it will be, the awareness of your truth alone begins to transform you. You don’t have to make any big decisions or any big changes – just stay connected to your truth. Staying connected to how you feel, to what you want and need, is all you need to do to begin to create change.




Then whatever action you decide to take – when you are ready – will not be from a place of denial and false hope but from a place of deep truth and clarity.

How Peer Pressure Influence Your Child And How To Deal With It

How Peer Pressure Influence Your Child And How To Deal With It

You might have heard of the term “peer pressure” a lot. But have you ever faced it? If you did, you’d know what I am talking about. Peer pressure is when someone is forced to do something they don’t voluntarily do. Peer pressure greatly influences teenagers because, at that age, you are trying to fit in and feel accepted and valued.

Group of young friends chatting outside

When we think about “peer pressure”, we always assume it is a bad thing. However, sometimes, it can also exercise a positive influence on the person. But negative peer pressure can destroy the mental peace and have a lot of bad impact on the psyche of the kid. Here are a few ways in which peer influence can affect your kid.

What Can Peer Influence Do?

If a child is facing severe peer pressure, you will notice that there is a difference in his/her behavior, how he/she dresses, and his/her attitude as well. Children with strong self-esteem can withstand peer influence to a great extent. However, those who are timid find it challenging to resist this sort of pressure. The influence could result in the following:

  • Trying to mimic the other person’s dressing or hairstyle or making an effort to dress a certain way to fit in.
  • Listening to the same music or watching the same TV shows, even if they do not appeal to them.
  • You can also clearly notice how they talk differently and use foul language.
  • If you find your child being rebellious and breaking rules or taking risks that he usually never would, it is a clear sign of negative influence.

If it is a positive influence, you won’t have much to complain about as your child will learn good habits, like working harder in school, taking part in sports, or being more active. They might become politer or even understand how to strike a balance between right or wrong. Negative peer pressure can push your children towards excessive partying/smoking/drinking or even indulge in sexual activities. In cases like these, it is always important to step in and help your child deal with the pressure.

Dealing With Peer Pressure And Negative Influence

If your child is getting too influenced by their peers and is unable to step up and say no, it is a clear red flag, and the situation needs your intervention. While mimicking someone’s dressing sense or listening to music might not cause much harm, a few other activities like smoking, drinking or rash driving can affect your kid’s future if immediate action is not taken.

Teach your kid to have a strong sense of self and values and where should he draw the line. Here are a few ways in which you can help your child manage it:

Teach Them To Say No

In most situations, the problem could be that your kid is unable to say no or take a stand for themselves. You can teach your child ways in which they can say no, which will give them a strong sense of self. If their friends are forcing them to do something against their will, they could tell them what about it makes them unhappy. These friends who bother your child might not be able to decipher a clear ‘NO.’ Hence, to deal with such people, let them try listing the reasons they don’t want to do it so that they stop forcing and simply leave them alone.

Always Communicate And Stay Connected

It is very important to keep the communication channels open with your child. You need to make them feel comfortable to share anything with you without the fear of judgment. If they know they can talk to you about it and believe that you can help them deal with the issue, they would probably face it in a much better manner.

Don’t Be Too Hard On Them

Yes, tough love is good, but not in this case. When your child is in a vulnerable and sensitive position, the best way is to give them a way out. Show them that you will understand without getting cranky or upset about it. If your child is embarrassed or scared to talk about it with you, they’ll have a real hard time dealing with peer pressure. With love and support, you can bring your child out of the influence of their peers.

Build Up Your Child’s Self-Esteem

The most important way to handle peer pressure is by boosting your child’s self-esteem. If you make your child strong and capable of handling any tricky situation, they will never succumb to negative influence in the first place. You can start by making them feel more confident. Help them make their own decisions and teach them the importance of being their unique self. Every child needs a loving family and friends who support them through every phase of life. When you connect with a group that lets you be the way you are, you develop a sense of belonging and feel valued. Don’t let anything stand in the way of something your little one enjoys. Always keep a check on your child’s mental well-being.

The influence your child grows up with affects their future, so help them make the right decisions by guiding them to fight their battles with your guidance.

7 Ways Meditation Can Literally Rewire Your Brain

7 Ways Meditation Can Literally Rewire Your Brain

Meditation is a yellow brick road to a place of peace, you never explored before, present within your mind. A haven of your own that you can enter whenever you please. By tapping into the deeper parts of your brain, meditation forces your nervous system into optimal performance, while flushing your mind of all gloom-ridden feelings.

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If you require further persuasion to realize that meditation is the life-changing hobby you need, mentioned below are seven ways meditation can re-wire your brain for the better:

1. Reduces Stress

Not even someone with the most fulfilling life is exempt from feelings of stress. Unexpected circumstances have a way of making the healthiest of minds uneasy. Unless looked after, these situations can have dire effects on one’s emotional, mental and physical state.

Meditation allows you to step back for a moment instead of making you give an immediate reaction; giving time to your “wise mind” to process the situation and making the stress response to not be triggered right away. The part of the brain commonly called the “Me Center” processes information regarding your feelings and experiences. Meditating weakens the neural connection between the parts of our brain that process fear and the Me Center.

Thus, you can look at an upsetting situation more rationally and decrease feelings of stress and anxiety when you meditate. One study revealed that meditation reduces the density of brain tissue associated with anxiety and worrying. Meditation also reduces the stress hormone cortisol, the increase of which is what causes dementia.

2. Improves Your Ability To Make Decisions

The most successful people use meditation to help them thrive at their jobs. Research shows that both transcendental and mindfulness meditation enhances the functioning of your mind’s decision-making centers. Meditation increases cortical thickness which is associated with decision making and memory, thus helping you in making better, more productive decisions.

3. Improves Your Relationships

Meditation increases your sense of social connection, whether it be romantic, platonic or professional. You become not only more aware but also empathetic towards others. You are less likely to get into conflict as your emotional intelligence rises, which hones your ability to pick up on indications regarding how others might be feeling.

Studies observe one of the results of meditation being the thickening of the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention and emotional integration. This increased emotional stability also makes it less likely for you to be influenced by any negative people that might be around. This creates a better, more fertile environment for your mental health to flourish.

4. Improves Focus

Meditation provides you a better-developed sense of being, allowing you to work more efficiently. Research shows that meditation improves cognition and increases your ability to perform tasks requiring focus. You are more likely to get into “the flow” as it is termed in psychology by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. This heightened focus makes you more alert and responsive to the needs of your body, as a result, you are able to perceive aches or discomforts earlier and tend to them as needed.

5. Prevents Wandering Of Mind

While daydreaming has notable benefits, studies argue that it might also come with an emotional cost. This is because mind wandering is typically associated with being less happy, over-thinking, brooding about the past and worrying about the future. Therefore, it is ideal to tone it down. Mounting scientific evidence has shown that meditation, through its quieting effect on the DMN (default mode network, the brain network responsible for mind-wandering and self-referential thoughts), appears to do just this.

Another study found that the two classic forms of meditation, focused attention, and open monitoring, are capable of minimizing the number of “intrusive” thoughts people had when they were asked to recall a personal fear.

6. Improves Memory

With the increasing age, our mental capacity peaks and then deteriorates. Meditation exercises our mental muscles, prolonging the life of our brain, which significantly lowers susceptibility to memory loss. Another one of the numerous benefits of regular meditation is the improvement of rapid memory recall.

Catherine Kerr, a researcher at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging and the Osher Research Center, observed that people who practiced mindful meditation were able to screen out distractions and increase their productivity more swiftly than those who did not meditate. She says that this ability to disregard distractions could elucidate their “superior ability to rapidly remember and incorporate new facts”. Meditation is the very best way to tap into the power of the subconscious mind, thereby, recouping long forgotten information and blotted out memories, healthily and harmlessly.

7. Unlocks Your Mind’s Full Potential

A majority of people use one out of two of the hemispheres of the brain, creating an imbalance. Meditation can balance both brain hemispheres, allowing them to work in sync. The left and right brain hemispheres communicate to their full potential, producing what doctors call whole brain functioning. You will begin to notice mounts of insightful thoughts, with reduced anger, anxiety, depression once you start to meditate. You will also be more likely to experience feelings of happiness and positivity and develop an optimistic approach towards life while feeling more “at one” with the world.

 

Meditation, with all its scientifically backed up benefits, is a vital step towards the pursuit of a healthier, happier mind. Like any other exercise, for ideal results, you must make meditation a part of your daily routine and give your mind a break from its day-to-day concerns. A few minutes dedicated to this simple practice, regularly, can bring about a significant improvement in both your physical and mental being.

What You Need To Know If You’re Stuck In An Unhappy Relationship

What You Need To Know If You’re Stuck In An Unhappy Relationship

In the midst of really difficult relationship troubles, a friend handed me a book she thought would really help me. I never opened that book. I didn’t have to. The title of the book alone was enough to save me. I grew up greatly influenced by the ideals of our good old-fashioned fairy tales. I really thought I’d find a guy who was going to rescue me. He’d ‘complete me’, make me happy and whole, and of course, we’d live happily ever after.

In fact, I was banking on it. I was so sure marriage was going to bring me my happily ever after and I was equally as sure that my Prince Charming was not only going to make my world okay, but make me okay. Being someone who had spent most of her life wrestling with self-worth, I really thought true love would be the magic fairy dust that would put an end to this never-ending feeling of not being good enough. It turns out, though, that being a young, dedicated romantic who valued the ideals of love and respect wasn’t enough. Without believing I was deserving of love and respect, I certainly wasn’t in a position to attract a partner who thought I was deserving of it either.

So, when I met my husband-to-be, I quickly dismissed the many red flags that were showing up, in exchange for my hopes and dreams of being loved and finally feeling worthy and whole. Instead of my happily ever after, though, I ended up in a very unhealthy, unhappy marriage, and whatever fragile sense of worth I had going into the marriage was slowly stripped away as our relationship steadily disintegrated into a toxic pool of dysfunction. I was incredibly unhappy and had no idea what was wrong, or how to begin to change it. All I knew was it wasn’t the fairytale marriage I had hoped it would be.

So, I tried harder. I tried harder to be a better wife, a better mother, better housekeeper, better cook, better friend, a better listener, funnier, smarter, prettier. I went to therapy and read every self-help book I could get my hands on. And I learned to hope. Hope had become a great comforter. Hope had become a way of not having to face the ugly truths of my marriage. We are taught to hope. That hoping is a virtue, and that it overcomes despair and frustrations. Being hopeful feels good. It feels like the right thing to do – the right thing to always be. It feels purposeful. Hope doesn’t give up. Hope doesn’t quit. Hope believes in the impossible and instills faith.And that’s what I did really well. I hoped.

I hoped my marriage would get better. I hoped we could fix it. I hoped he would be less critical. I hoped he wouldn’t be so angry. I hoped he’d change. I hoped we’d be happy. I hoped he would keep loving me. I hoped that it would become the fairy tale marriage I had always hoped for. And after our marriage ended, I still kept hoping. Hoping he’d pick me. Hoping he’d want to fix things. Hoping we might still be able to work things out. Hoping. Hoping. Hoping. I speak with women all the time who are caught in this very trap of hoping. It feels safer to ignore our unhappiness than it does to face the truth of it.

In that very moment of recognizing unhappiness, there are two things working hand in hand that stop you from truly acknowledging it: Denial and hope. There is a subtle dance that goes on between denial and hope – the dismissal of our own truth (denial) and the belief that what we want can be had (hope). They require each other to work effectively. To be able to keep hoping things can change, despite nothing ever changing, we have to continually deny the truth of our experience. The problem is that while hoping momentarily feels better, endless hoping is not serving us in the long term. For me, hope had become a dangerous thing. Hope had kept me accepting the unacceptable and tolerating the intolerable.

Hope kept me blind to the truth of what was. Remember the book I mentioned? The title was “When Hope Can Kill”. It stopped me dead in my tracks. It was all I needed to know. I instantly had a shift, and at that very moment, I knew what hoping for all those years was doing: it was slowly killing me. I was ‘hoping’ myself to death. I hoped as hope drained the life out of me. I hoped as hope deceived me. I hoped as hope blinded me. I hoped because I was afraid to stop – the alternative felt too scary.

But the truth is we can’t change what we don’t acknowledge. Hope keeps you focused on what is wanted and keeps you disconnected from the truth of what is. As long as I was invested in the hope and dream of what my marriage could be, I was completely disconnected from the truth of what it actually was – from the very truth that would set me free. We can only make changes from the truth of what is – not from the hope of what it could be. So, to be able to see the truth of my marriage and acknowledge it, I needed to first give myself permission to see and explore my own unhappiness without taking any action.

If I believed that by acknowledging my unhappiness, I’d have to take some kind of action I wasn’t ready to take (i.e. leave my marriage), I wouldn’t have been able to stay present with the truth of my experience. To leave would have been too big of a leap, and hope and denial would have kicked back into action. We are powerless from the position of hope. Hope doesn’t change things – the truth does.

If you are caught in the cycle of hope and denial, whenever you find yourself hoping that something will be different than it is, come back to the truth of the situation and allow yourself to be present with it just as it really is. When you stay present with the truth of what is, and not the dream of what you hope it will be, the awareness of your truth alone begins to transform you. You don’t have to make any big decisions or any big changes – just stay connected to your truth. Staying connected to how you feel, to what you want and need, is all you need to do to begin to create change.

Then whatever action you decide to take – when you are ready – will not be from a place of denial and false hope but from a place of deep truth and clarity.

10 Natural Antibiotics That Fight Infection

10 Natural Antibiotics That Fight Infection

Once penicillin was discovered in the late 1920s, it signaled the beginning of a new way for doctors to treat ailments, otherwise known as the start of when physicians began prescribing conventional antibiotics to their patients.
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Although antibiotics are sometimes lifesaving for the people who need them, they’re also often over-prescribed. This problem has led to antibiotic resistance, meaning that antibiotics that used to be very effective are now sometimes nearly useless against some types of infections.

Some health experts argue conventional antibiotics should only be used as a last resort. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your dependence on conventional choices, there are numerous natural antibiotics you can use to fight infections.
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Learn about 10 of them by reading the information below.

1. Horseradish
Horseradish promotes good circulation and features antibiotic properties once it’s broken down by stomach acid. Some people believe it’s useful for treating health problems ranging from bronchitis to urinary tract infection. You can either eat it raw by dicing it, or toss it in your blender or juicer. Eat it along with a bit of vinegar for best results.

2. Cinnamon
This tasty spice isn’t just useful as a sweet topping for a piece of cake or a warm drink. It has antibiotic characteristics that have been shown to be useful against yeast infections. And, that’s not the only health benefit it offers.

Research has also indicated that cinnamon lowers blood sugar and may stave off diabetes. Because you can add cinnamon to beverages or mix it with your food, there are many ways to add it to your diet. Furthermore, it’s easy to buy cinnamon in neighborhood grocery stores, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding it, even if you live in a small town.

3. Oregano Oil
Although there are many different types of oregano oil, the one you will want to look for in order to benefit the most from its therapeutic properties is the oil from wild oregano, or origanum vulgare. Before buying your oregano oil, sniff it and make sure it has a pungent, spicy odor. Also, check out the color, which should range from a golden to dark yellow hue.

There are several ways you can use oregano oil to fight infections, and if consuming the substance by mouth or applying directly to a part of your body including the skin, make sure to dilute the oregano oil by combining it with olive oil. Simply add one teaspoon of olive oil to every drop of oregano oil.

Also, you may find it worthwhile to inhale the oregano oil, especially if using it to treat a sinus infection. Just put a few drops of oregano oil into a neti pot or container of steaming water, and breathe in the vapor.
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4. Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is known for its antiseptic characteristics, and you may already be familiar with it because it’s a common ingredient in teas. Like oregano oil, it’s sometimes inhaled, but in this case, used to combat infections that cause coughing. Researchers have also found it’s useful in eliminating or reducing fungal problems.

5. Echinacea
When cold season is approaching, this herb should definitely be kept within easy reach. It’s a natural antibiotic that boosts the immune system to help your body fight cold and flu-like symptoms. Take this one proactively to avoid having to spend days laid up in bed, unable to do the things you usually participate in.

6. Garlic
You probably already have some garlic in your kitchen and may not have previously been aware that’s it’s possible to use garlic as a natural antibiotic. Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which gives it such a distinctive smell.

Allicin is formed once garlic bulbs are crushed. Scientific studies have found garlic is effective against some types of oral bacteria and may help reduce the presence of some types of parasites.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar
This liquid contains malic acid, which is known to have antibiotic properties. Some people take it as a sore throat preventative, but it’s also worth trying during the periods of time when you know you’re getting a sore throat and want to stop it from getting worse.

8. Ginger
You might already be familiar with ginger, because it’s frequently sold as a candied variety in supermarkets and health food stores. From an antibiotic perspective though, it’s been shown to be as effective against staph infections as conventional antibiotics, yet doesn’t come with the undesirable side effects that those do.

Studies have also indicated ginger is a useful antibiotic against respiratory and periodontal infections. Furthermore, if you’re suffering from a hard-to-treat fungal infection, ginger may offer the relief you seek.
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9. Manuka Honey
Although this natural antibiotic is a bit pricey, it offers several antibiotic compounds that aren’t present in other types of honey. Made by bees from New Zealand, manuka honey, like other types of honey, has hydrogen peroxide, which acts as an antibiotic.

However, it’s unique because the antibiotic characteristics of the hydrogen peroxide aren’t destroyed by heat or light. The antibiotic properties of manuka honey were first discussed in the 1980s, but more recently, manuka honey has been talked about a lot more and reached the mainstream.

10. Grapefruit Extract
Grapefruit extract is a known treatment that works against food-borne pathogens. Also, it’s a natural disinfectant. In addition to being antibacterial, it’s also antimicrobial and anti-fungal.

Using Natural Antibiotics Safely
It’s important to be informed about things you might be able to use to ease the adverse effects of ailments besides antibiotics. However, even once you’re armed with the information, don’t rely upon self-study so heavily that you end up harming your health instead of helping it.
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Whether you go with a natural treatment or a conventional one, always seek the advice of a healthcare professional instead of self-medicating. Also, keep track of how you feel once you start using the natural antibiotics.

If your symptoms persist despite treatment, or get worse, it will be necessary to go back to a doctor and report what’s happening.

Make sure to read the label and take the substances accordingly. Even though all the options on this list are natural, even natural things can be hurtful if you consume too much of them.

In any case, remember that your body is often able to tell you something’s wrong even before a physician does. If you start to feel worse and not better after taking the natural antibiotics, or you just feel “off” and can’t explain why, make an appointment with a doctor immediately and be prepared to discuss the treatment you’ve been pursuing.

Now you know there are numerous alternatives to conventional antibiotics. Before agreeing to let your doctor prescribe you the usual round of antibiotics, try some of the substances on this list instead.

7 Foods To Relieve Your Period Pain

7 Foods To Relieve Your Period Pain

If you’re like some women, you can tell when it’s time for your period without even checking the calendar, simply because of the associated painful symptoms. You’ve probably heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” As you’ll soon see by reading this article, there are certain foods that may not just benefit your overall health, but make period problems less severe.




Keep reading to learn about several things that you should add to your diet as soon as possible, especially if you’re fed up of the discomfort you experience just by going through a natural part of being female.

 To Relieve Your Period Pain

1. Dark Chocolate
If you had a preconceived notion that all the foods on this list would be fruits, vegetables, and otherwise solely healthy things, that’s incorrect. Many women crave chocolate while they’re on their periods, and as it turns out, dark chocolate in particular has several characteristics that can make it a practical addition to your diet in terms of managing period pain.

Firstly, researchers found that people who ate just one bar of dark chocolate every day for two weeks had lower levels of cortisol, a hormone that’s produced as a response to stress.

That means that the simple act of eating chocolate could reduce the stress that comes with your period. If you have an option, try getting dark chocolate bars that are 70 percent cocoa or higher.

Furthermore, scientists found that chocolate is a natural mood booster because it encourages the production of endorphins in the body. The usual things about your period that bring you down might not seem as bothersome, because of the chocolate.

Endorphins alter the perception of pain, so instead of lying in bed all day with cramps, you could feel more able to face life. Also, chocolate has a high amount of magnesium, which is an essential mineral that acts as a muscle relaxant. It could relieve period cramps and lower back pain.

2. Celery
Celery contains mostly water, and it’s well-known that by eating it, you’re consuming more calories than it actually contains. However, celery is particularly good when you’re on your period because it could reduce painful bloating. The high water content reduces dehydration and stimulates digestion.

If you’re not crazy about eating celery by itself, try putting peanut butter on celery sticks or eating the celery with a ranch dip.





3. Spinach
Spinach is another vegetable that’s great for chowing down on during your period. It contains lots of vitamin B6 and vitamin E, both of which could ease cramps and cut down on bloating. Additionally, spinach leaves have a lot of calcium. Perhaps one of the best things about this healthy veggie is that if you’re not feeling up to preparing it at home, you can usually buy pre-bagged spinach salads that are ready to eat right away.

Simply store some in your fridge, and when you feel cramps starting to come on, just make yourself a spinach salad and feel like you’re doing something proactive to ease the discomfort you’re going through.

4. Seeds
Often sold in bags near the part of your grocery store that sells trail mix and dried fruit, pumpkin seeds are great for taking on the go, and they could also stop your period from being so hard to handle. So, why are pumpkin seeds good for people who want relief from troublesome periods?

They contain zinc, which has been shown to make cramps less painful. If you can’t find pumpkin seeds at your grocery store, look for sunflower or sesame seeds.

Those are also good for relieving symptoms associated with your period. No matter which kind of seeds you try, aim to get ones that don’t contain salt.

Salt could make bloating worse, which could be counterproductive if you’re already battling the bloat. If you’re lucky enough that pumpkins are in season, try making your own pumpkin seeds by roasting them in the oven with a bit of butter. Some people also like to eat them with a dash of cinnamon.

Some people also like to eat them with a dash of cinnamon. If you’re not up for eating the seeds by themselves, toss a handful onto salad, or use them to garnish vegetable casseroles.

5. Bananas
People who exercise a lot often depend on bananas to reduce the likelihood of muscle cramps. Although they work well for that purpose, these yellow tropical fruits are also good for minimizing cramps that aren’t due to exercise, but your period. Like a lot of the other foods on this list, bananas help banish both cramps and bloating.




Also, they’re very portable. You can throw one in your bag to eat during a busy day. They don’t have to be refrigerated, and bananas are a fruit you can eat with just one hand after peeling it. In addition, they’re sweet enough on their own so you don’t have to add anything to them. However, if you want to, just chop up a banana and drizzle the pieces with a blend of honey and cinnamon.

In addition, they’re sweet enough on their own so you don’t have to add anything to them. However, if you want to, just chop up a banana and drizzle the pieces with a blend of honey and cinnamon.

6. Hummus
Hummus is a spread that is often used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. It’s made from mashed chickpeas, and you can often buy it with flavors mixed in, such as garlic, lemon and red pepper. Like spinach, which was already discussed above, hummus is great for eating while on your period because it contains vitamin B6, along with many other nutrients.

There is also evidence to suggest that hummus promotes overall health by being good for the heart. If you have trouble sleeping during your period, eating more hummus during that time could help you sleep more soundly and wake up with a better mood. That’s because hummus contains several amino acids, including some that specifically work to regulate your sleep patterns and make you feel happier.

7. Salmon
This fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Both of those can help with PMS symptoms, so it’s a good idea to start adding salmon to your diet before your period even starts. Salmon is an anti-inflammatory food, which means it will help you tackle both cramps and bloating. You can easily liven up salmon by eating it with sauces or spices.



Techniques To Accompany Your Food Consumption

You’ve just learned about seven foods that could make your period more bearable. If you want more strategies to try, keep in mind that there are other remedies that you may want to attempt in conjunction with eating certain things.

For example, a hot water bottle or heat pack could ease pain, and forcing yourself to regularly drink more water could cause you to urinate more and not feel as bloated.

Also, keep in mind that over-the-counter medications can temporarily make discomfort manageable so it doesn’t ruin your day. As you can see, although periods will probably never coincide with your favorite time of the month, they don’t have to throw your life off track.