5 ways to relieve period pain

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With many people experiencing painful periods, we take a look at some of the natural ways you can manage your symptoms

5 ways to relieve period pain

Over half of people who menstruate experience painful periods. This can accompany other symptoms pre-period (known as pre-menstrual syndrome), last for one or two days or, for some, the whole duration of their bleed. Although for many people there might not be a complete cure for their pain, there are things that can be done to minimise its impact on day-to-day life.

Menstrual cramps are a very common symptom of periods. These occur when the uterus contracts and sheds its lining. Women often experience discomfort in their lower abdomen, back or groin but, for some people, the pain can be chronic and debilitating.

What causes painful periods?

There are a number of reasons why someone might have period pain. If you are experiencing painful menstruation, it’s important to speak to your GP as they will be able to help you understand why you’re experiencing this and provide answers with a diagnosis. This can go a long way to managing your periods effectively.

Some reasons why you might have painful periods include:

  • ovarian cysts
  • endometriosis
  • PID (pelvic inflammatory disease)
  • fibroids
  • PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder)
  • adenomyosis
  • having a copper IUD

How to relieve period pain

When we experience pain, it can be easy to reach for over-the-counter medicines, like paracetamol and ibuprofen. Doctors can prescribe stronger painkillers but there are other remedies that you can try for those wanting to take a more natural approach.

1. Heat

Applying heat can help the muscles relax and reduce cramps. You can do this by using a heat pad or a hot water bottle but be sure to wrap it up in a towel to prevent burns. Never apply the heat directly to the skin. Having a warm bath or shower is another way you can stimulate the relaxation of the muscles.

Patches are another alternative to hot water bottles or heat pads. They are great for on-the-go comfort, plus they are discrete and convenient. Why not give these cruelty-free and natural patches from BeYou a try?

2. Massage

Massaging your abdomen can help relieve period pain by relaxing the uterus and reducing spasms. For the best results, focus on massaging in circular motions in the area of pain itself. A full body massage, however, may be beneficial in reducing any stress and discomfort from your menstrual symptoms.

3. Relaxation techniques

Stress has been known to increase period pain, so trying to be as relaxed as possible during your period can help significantly when it comes to cramping. To help the body relax, you could try therapies such as Yoga, Pilates or reflexology. Not only are they a great way to release tension and distract you from any pain, but they are also great forms of exercise.

4. Exercise  

For those suffering from period pain, i

How to build your Beautycounter business plan

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Sharing this post for friends who are considering joining Beautycounter as a consultant. It’s one of the best things I’ve done for my business, so I’d love to share more about what it entails and how to get started. 

Hi hi! How’s the morning going so far? I’m looking forward to a long weekend with Fall Break, a trip to the pumpkin patch, and a staycation at Great Wolf Lodge.

For today’s post, I wanted to share more about the Beautycounter business. This past week, I’ve had so many people reach out to me about joining as a consultant (<— I think it has a lot to do with the fact that enrollment is $20 right now!!). I don’t talk about the business opportunity too often (usually friends who read the blog will sign up, or just email me to let me know they’re interested in joining), but I know that some of you may be curious about the behind the scenes and with the $20 enrollment promo (ends on 10/17), I had to spread the news.

Here’s a post I wrote a while ago about being a Beautycounter consultant and how it’s affected my business!

I also thought it would be a good time to share this post because things are SO expensive right now, and we’re also about to head into an expensive time of year. Between the holiday events/food, family gifts, class parties, teacher gifts, in addition to increased cost of living with inflation… it’s a lot. If you’re looking for an option to make extra money on your own terms (from home!), this is an option that might work for you.

Here’s some more details to decide if it might be for you and how you can get started!

This isn’t just applicable to Beautycounter, but could be used for other network marketing or direct sales opportunities.

How To Build Your Beautycounter Business Plan

Step One

Have a call with your mentor to talk about upcoming events, how they recommend that you get started, or any initial things you need to do. For consultants on my team, I have an onboarding process that they follow, along with a few checkmark steps along the way. I also ask them about their goals! Some friends want to hit the ground running, while others are more low-key about it.  Others simply join for the 25% discount, and that’s cool, too. It’s helpful to know their goals so I can coach and support appropriately.

Step Two

Brainstorm your “why” so you can share this with others on your journey. If you’re joining Beautycounter, this might be something about how you wanted to switch to safer products (we all have an “a ha” moment), or if can even be financial. (Like, “I wanted to be able to pay for our kid to take private piano lessons” or daycare costs, etc.) I would be transparent and detailed about your “why,” and write up a post or share in conversation when someone ask

Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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This is NOT your average chocolate chip cookie. They are hands down the best Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

Calling them the best chocolate chip cookie is a big deal. That is a statement I don’t make lightly, but they are certainly the best I have ever made. When I first came across this recipe named, “I Want to Marry You Cookies.” I laughed, the name reminded me of “Marry Me Chicken”. We’ve been calling these “Marry Me Cookies” for years now.

cookies on red plate

Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

When I finally had the chance to make these cookies with his mouthful of cookies my husband declared that yes he would have likely proposed sooner if I had made him these cookies.

There are several variations of this cookie. I finally had the perfect opportunity to try them one weekend while we were at the cabin. Pretty sure this recipe is where the phrase, “Bet you can’t eat just one” came from.

When making these I stayed as close to the original recipe as possible, in an effort to see what the fuss is all about. (As far as I can tell, the source below is the original author of this recipe.)

The thing that sets these cookies apart from every other chocolate chip cookie I’ve made is the melted butter. Such a small thing, but it has an enormous impact on the flavor. The best part of making these? Everything happens in a single pot. Easy cleanup makes this girl very happy.

I feel like I should clarify that these are chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal, a different kind of cookie from these classic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. The oatmeal flavor in Marry Me Cookies is very very subtle.

I shared these with a self-proclaimed oatmeal hater years ago and he reluctantly agreed that while he still HATES oatmeal, these cookies are delicious and “the oatmeal doesn’t ruin them.” That’s a WIN, my friends!

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies Chewy

The warm butter is blended together with the sugars and it creates a rich toffee flavor that I have never before tasted in a chocolate chip cookie. The cookies positively melt in your mouth.

I will caution you not to skip the step of chilling the cookie dough before adding the chocolate chips. If you add the chocolate too soon, it will melt into the dough, leaving you with cookies that are tasty, but nothing at all like the original.

This is the BEST second-day cookie I have ever made. They taste phenomenal warm from the oven and they taste even better the next day. I froze several of them to see how they would handle it and they were excellent as soon as they thawed.


Sleep paralysis: what causes it and how can we prevent it?

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What exactly is it, why does it happen, and what can we do about this mysterious sleep condition?

Sleep paralysis: what causes it and how can we prevent it?

It’s the sleep condition that comes with a lot of fear attached, but what exactly is sleep paralysis? Well, it can be identified as a brief loss of muscle control, known as ‘atonia’, which makes you feel as though you are not able to move. This tends to happen just after falling asleep, or as you begin to wake, and it can fall into two categories: isolated (when the episodes are not regular, and are not linked to another underlying diagnosis) and recurrent sleep paralysis, which involves multiple episodes over a period of time.

An estimated 75% of people who experience sleep paralysis will also have hallucinations, which might feel different to, and more intense than, typical dreams. Generally, hallucinations during sleep paralysis fall into one of three categories: intruder hallucinations, where you might perceive danger or an unwanted presence; chest pressure hallucinations, where you may feel like you are suffocating; and vestibular-motor hallucinations, which can feel like movement, or an out-of-body sensation.

But what causes sleep paralysis in the first place? We asked Dr David Oyewole, consultant psychiatrist and medical director at Nightingale Hospital. “Sleep paralysis happens more frequently than commonly thought,” he says. “Some studies have shown about 30% of people have experienced at least one episode of sleep paralysis. In the general population though, it is thought to be closer to 8% having experienced an episode.

“People experience sleep paralysis when they become ‘partially awake’ while asleep. To explain, when in a stage of sleep associated with dreaming (rapid eye movement, or REM), the brain normally switches off, or reduces the ability of the body to move.

“However, some people become awake before the brain switches the body back to normal movement. If that happens, one then experiences being awake but not being able to move, which can understandably feel quite scary.”

There is a lot of fear around sleep paralysis, not least due to the fact it crops up in horror films – which are bound to keep you up at night, anyway. But the good news is that, as long as it doesn’t cause significant health problems, sleep paralysis is usually classified as a benign condition. That said, it can still affect your overall wellbeing. You might start to develop anxiety around sleeping, which can then lead to poor quality sleep, in turn affecting your health when you don’t wake up feeling rested.

Sleep paralysis: what causes it and how can we prevent it?

So, what can cause sleep paralysis, and what can you do to help prevent it?

“It is known that stress and emotional challenges can increase the chances of sleep paralysis, as well as eating, drinking alcohol or coffee, or exercising just before bedtime,” Dr Oyewole explains. “Good sleep hygiene (such as prioritising sleep, sticking to a routine, and staying active throughout the day) will help minimise your chances of being affected by sleep paralysis.

“Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine, eating, or exercising for four hours before bed. There’s also evidence to suggest you should avoid sleeping on your back.”

Having said this, Dr Oyewole notes that you should speak

Items worth adding before Prime Early Access sale is over

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Hi friends! I hope that you’re having a wonderful day. The kids are officially on fall break (WAHOO!) and I’m packing us up for a little staycation at Great Wolf Lodge.

I wanted to share some of the best deals from the Prime Early Access sale that are still available. The sale ends tonight, so I’m spending an hour or so adding some home products, clothes, and holiday gifts to our cart.

Items worth adding before Prime Early Access sale is over

My faves:

Such a great price for the original Peloton bike! This is the same one we have and love!

I LOVE our Ring doorbell. It’s so nice to be able to see who’s at the door and be able to talk to them. Also, it’s very fun to see the Trick or Treaters since we’re usually not home on Halloween. (We have a bucket of candy on the porch that’s always dumped into one kids’ bag lol)

I want to try these nontoxic whitening strips.

The makeup eraser. I’m obsessed with this thing, and it really does remove so much makeup, including eye makeup. I travel with the mini versions.

The best milk frother. It’s so inexpensive and really makes a difference in your morning coffee.

This toiletry travel bag.

My favorite water bottle! I’ve used so many types and always come back to this one. It’s the water bottle the kids use and love, too.

This scalp massager for applying shampoo.

Love these fuzzy slippers!

This brow gel is a gold star.

This super cute lounge set.

Such a great deal on these claw clips.

The best detangling brush.

This is the waterpik I use every day!

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