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Your Guide to a Drama-Free Christmas Period

As the twinkling lights and carolers invade our lives, there’s one guest that sometimes gets overlooked during the Christmas festivities – Aunt Flo. Yes, we’re talking about that monthly visitor who has a knack for showing up at the most inconvenient times. Or at least it can seem that way! Be it any festive celebration Christmas, Eid, Diwali or holidays always seems a favourite. Fear not, though, because I’m here to spill the beans on how to look after yourself and your period during the holiday hullabaloo.

1. Snuggle Up with a Hot Water Bottle:
Picture this: You, wrapped in a cozy blanket, sipping on a cuppa while cradling a hot water bottle. Bliss, right? Trust me, this simple act of warmth can be a game-changer when dealing with period pains. It’s like giving your uterus a mini-vacation.

2. Wear what is comfortable:
If you want to stay in your PJs all day, do it! Don’t be caught up in having to dress up when you aren’t feeling it. Stick on a pair of leggings and a Christmas jumper and you are good to go. My belief is that it’s everyone’s holiday and therefore we should all embrace not making comments and allow comfort to prevail. (Regardless of being on your period, elasticated waists are a must during crimbo, with the amount of food eaten!)

3. Snack Attacks:
Let’s be real – Christmas is a time for indulgence, but please consider snacks that are kinder to your period woes. Rather reaching for that family-sized box of chocolates, go for dark chocolate which is a good alternative. Try not to graze throughout the whole holiday season, but have your treats with a meal instead to help prevent a roller coaster of insulin. Also keep the protein levels up and go crazy for the season of sprouts – this teeny cabbages are amazing at binding to excess oestrogen and clearing it out of your body.

4. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate:
Mulled wine and eggnog might be calling your name, but don’t forget to keep hydrated with good ol’ water. It helps with bloating and can ease some of the discomfort. You can always make it look fancy in a cocktail glass with loads of lime or citrus fruits. Go crazy and stick an umbrella in there if you want to.

5. Give Yourself a Break:
Amidst the chaos of Christmas shopping, decorating, and family gatherings, remember to take some time for yourself. Whether it’s a bubble bath, a festive movie marathon, or simply curling up with a good book, prioritise self-care. Your body will thank you, period or no period.

6. Rock Your Period Positivity:
Let’s face it – periods are a part of life, and there’s no reason to let them steal your Christmas joy. Embrace the situation, let your family know, allow the help, ask for help if it isn’t offered. There is nothing to be embarrassed about, you will be leading the way for others to do the same, trust me. Even if it makes you feel a bit uncomfortable, someone somewhere will feel empowered by seeing you own it. 

7. Read a bloody brilliant book:
If you struggle with painful periods, mood swings, heaviness or any other challenging symptoms, remember to put my book Periods aren’t meant to Bloody Hurt on your Christmas list. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to start 2024 with a plan of action up your sleeve, rather than a tampon? 

So, my festive friends, as you navigate the tinsel-strewn path of Christmas cheer, remember that self-care is the ultimate gift you can give yourself. Periods may come and go, but your ability to sleigh through it all is a gift that keeps on giving. Here’s to a holly, jolly period-friendly Christmas!  

Also if you struggle with the Christmas vibe and just want to hibernate that is also ok, I highly recommend dipping out of forced fun! 

Lots of love