Why your period might act up over Christmas

As we dive into the festive season, it’s not uncommon for many women to experience changes in their menstrual cycles. The Christmas rush, combined with the unique stressors this time of year brings, can sometimes lead to a less-than-jolly period experience. But fear not, I’m here to shed some light on why this happens and offer you some practical tips to make your cycle merrier.

Whe your period changes:

1. Stress: The Christmas rush can bring added stress. Juggling everything—gifts, family time, and wrapping up the year—can wreak havoc with our hormones, making periods a bit more dramatic than usual.


2. Food festivities: Irregular eating habits during the festive season, indulging in holiday treats, or even changes in your usual diet can impact your hormones and contribute to more challenging periods.


3. Sleep disruptions: With all the parties and late-night shenanigans, sleep is not necessarily top of our list. And guess what? Sleep is like a superhero for our hormones. Mess with it, and our periods can take a hit.


Why your period might act up over Christmas

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Tips for a merry cycle:

1. Prioritise self-care: Amid the Christmas craziness, remember to take breaks for self-care. Whether it’s a quiet moment with a book, a warm bath, or a short walk, giving yourself time to relax can help manage stress.


2. Mindful eating: While enjoying festive treats is part of the fun, try to maintain a balanced diet. Include nutrient-rich foods that support hormone balance, such as dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lentils, oily fish and don’t forget to stay hydrated.


3. Sleep: Establish a consistent bedtime routine by switching off all screens at least 60 minutes before bedtime, drink a calming herbal tea, have a warm bath with epsom salts, or do some meditation to help you wind down ready to sleep.


4. Stay active: Incorporate gentle exercises like yoga, pilates or walking into your daily routine. Physical activity and getting out in nature can help alleviate stress and contribute to overall well-being.


5. Consider supplements: Supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids or magnesium may help to support menstrual health, but always consult with a professional before you take them.


Remember, everyone’s body reacts differently, and these tips are general suggestions. If you find that your period symptoms are significantly impacting your well-being, you can book a free wellness review with me to see how I can help.

It’s important to remember that individual dietary needs can vary, and what works for one person may not work for another. If you suspect a hormonal imbalance or have specific concerns, please do get in touch today to book your FREE 30 minute wellness review. 

Written by:

I’m a Nutritional Therapist, who helps women get to the root cause of their hormone and period related health problems through diet and lifestyle changes.

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