Holidays & Rules: 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Summer

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Making the most of your summer vacation is a dream for many. But for women, periods can sometimes darken this idyllic picture. Between fear of leaks, discomfort and cramps, vacations can turn into a real source of stress. Fortunately, there are simple tips to live your period peacefully and make the most of summer.

1. Choose the right protection

The first step to a stress-free vacation is choosing the menstrual protection that suits you best. Sanitary napkins, tampons, menstrual cup, period panties...the options are numerous. It is important to choose protection adapted to your flow and your activities. Don’t hesitate to test different options to find the one that offers you the most comfort and safety.

Here are some tips for choosing your menstrual protection:

  • If you have light to medium flow: Sanitary napkins, tampons or Period Swimwears or bikinis can be a good option.
  • If you have a heavy flow: The menstrual cup can be a good alternative to tampons and sanitary napkins.
  • If you practice sporting activities: Opt for protection that will offer you optimal safety, such as the menstrual cup or Period Panties.
  • If you are sensitive to chemicals: Choose hypoallergenic protection as a priority.

2. Anticipate your needs

Before going on vacation, take the time to anticipate your needs. Calculate the date of your next period and make sure you have enough menstrual protection. Don't forget to take into account the activities you have planned and potential unforeseen events. It's always good to have a few extra protections when needed.

Here are some tips to anticipate your needs:

  • Download a period tracker app.
  • Write down the date of your next period in your diary.
  • Make a list of the menstrual products you need.
  • Buy your menstrual products in advance.
  • Plan a small waterproof pouch to carry your menstrual products.

3. Manage discomfort

Periods can be accompanied by various unpleasant symptoms, such as menstrual cramps, bloating or fatigue. To relieve them, remember to bring pain medication, hot water bottles or relaxing herbal teas. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can also help reduce discomfort.

Here are some tips for managing discomfort:

  • Take pain medication, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Apply a hot water bottle to your stomach.
  • Drink relaxing herbal teas made from chamomile or ginger.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat one healthy and balanced diet.

4. Stay hydrated

Dehydration can make menstrual symptoms worse. It is therefore important to drink plenty of water during your vacation, especially if you engage in outdoor activities. Plain water or herbal teas are the best options for staying hydrated.

Here are some tips for staying hydrated:

  • Drink water throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Carry a bottle of water with you everywhere.
  • Choose still water over sugary drinks.
  • Drink diuretic herbal teas, such as dandelion or cherry stem.

5. Relax and enjoy

Stress can worsen menstrual symptoms. It is therefore important to take the time to relax and enjoy your vacation. Engage in relaxing activities, such as reading, yoga or meditation. Don’t hesitate to treat yourself and take care of yourself.

Here are some tips to help you relax and enjoy:

  • Read a book by the pool or at the beach.
  • Do yoga or meditation.
  • Treat yourself to a relaxing massage.
  • Spend time with your loved ones.
  • Do activities you enjoy.

6. Travel light

When traveling, it is important to pack light. This is even more true if you are on your period. Choose comfortable, breathable clothing and don't forget to bring a first aid kit with your medications and menstrual pads. Opt for multifunctional clothing that you can wear for different occasions, and remember to wash your clothes regularly to avoid overloading your suitcase.

Hint: If you are traveling by plane, remember to take your menstrual products in your hand luggage in case you lose your suitcase.

7. Have self-confidence

Don't let your period stop you from Enjoy your hollidays. Have confidence in yourself and don't hesitate to speak openly about your needs to those close to you. It's important to remember that periods are a natural phenomenon and there's no shame in having them. If leaks occur, don't be afraid to ask your hotel or friends for help. There are always solutions!

Hint: If you feel self-conscious about your period, try wearing dark, heavy clothing that will hide the spots.

8. Stay positive

Woman with an inflatable buoy, wearing sunglasses and a menstrual bikini

Experiencing your period during the holidays can be a challenge, but it’s important to stay positive. Focus on the positive aspects of your trip and enjoy every moment. Do things that you enjoy and that relax you, like reading a book, listening to music, or taking a walk in nature.

Hint: If you have unpleasant symptoms, like cramps or bloating, try natural remedies like hot water bottles or yoga.

9. Have fun

Vacations are an opportunity to treat yourself and disconnect from everyday life. Don't hesitate to treat yourself by eating a good meal, going to the spa or doing an activity you enjoy. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, facial, or other treatment that will make you feel good about yourself.

Hint: If you have a sweet tooth, opt for fresh fruit or dark chocolate.

10. Share your experiences

Please feel free to share your experiences with other women. You can find advice and support in online forums or discussion groups. By sharing your experiences, you can help other women experience their periods peacefully and fully enjoy their vacation.

Summer without stress, it's possible even with your period!

By following these simple tips, you can live your period peacefully and fully enjoy your summer vacation. Remember that periods are a natural phenomenon and there is no shame in having them. Have confidence in yourself and enjoy every moment of your vacation!

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The articles on the site contain general information which may contain errors. These articles should in no way be considered as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have any questions or doubts, always make an appointment with your doctor or gynecologist.

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