black pants are life

Period tips

As someone who has suffered for almost five years with extremely terrible periods, here are some things that have worked for me.

GENERAL:
For making your life easier.

-Get a pair of black pants. It’s SO nice to not have to worry about stains showing.
-If you wear pads, get a looser fitting pair of undies, it’s way nicer.
-If you feel gross at school/work/wherever, unscented baby wipes are a miracle.
-It’s seriously worth tracking, that way you aren’t caught unprepared. I use a calendar but there are lots of websites + apps.
-If you think it’s close, wear a panty liner. That way you don’t have to deal with stains! And you have the reassurance.

CRAMPS:
Owww. I know! It hurts. Most people turn to painkillers. If that works for you great! But sometimes it doesn’t, so here are some alternatives:

-Heat. A hot pad, hot bath or hot shower are all lifesavers.
-Tea. A blend of chamomile, mint, raspberry leaf and ginger will help, especially with the other PMS problems (headaches, nausea, etc.)
-Sleep really does help. If you have time take a nap! Or at least try to crawl into bed early.
-Foods. Try to avoid processed foods. I tend to go lighter, with more fruits and soup. Dairy is good to avoid. And alcohol! It’s thins the blood, which will increase the flow + the intensity of the cramps.
-Movement. Go for a slow, gentle walk. It doesn’t have to be far. Just enough to get blood flow going.
-Stress. Being stressed can contribute to every PMS symptom. And it’s not something a lot of us can realistically avoid. So try to find a little while at least where you can do something that relaxes you, mentally & physically.
-Water. Drink it. All the time. It can only help!

If you have any questions, message me, and I will do my best to answer them!
21 Things Dance Kids Want Their Non-Dance Friends to Know

1. No, my studio is not like Abby Lee’s and we don’t have a pyramid in the beginning of class.

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2. We did sock buns before they were cool.

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3. No, we’re not just going to “do a move” for you in the middle of the cafeteria or hallway.

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4. Yes, technically we can twerk but we’d never call it that.

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5. Dancers turn, we don’t spin. There’s a big difference.

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6. Yes, there DOES need to be bling on EVERYTHING.

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7. Stop asking if we “won” competition, it doesn’t work that way. We get medals for each dance, then high scores in each category – divided by genre, age, and size of group – and then overall high scores.

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8. Lyrical is NOT interpretative dancing.

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9. When we leave class to go the bathroom, we secretly leap down the hallway. Don’t judge.

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10. We really did learn a dance to that song six months before you heard it.

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11. Yes, you just heard my hip crack. And it felt great.

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12. We swear we have great stamina even though we’re tired after running for three minutes.

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13. No, I’m not wearing a diaper. They’re called harem pants and I have them in every color.

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14. Yes, we know there’s glitter in our hair.

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15. And yes, we’re aware of those bruises, too.

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16. When we check our phones at school we’re not texting. We’re watching dance videos on YouTube.

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17. “I can’t, I have dance,” isn’t just an excuse – we’re never going to skip class to go to the movies.

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18. Sometimes little kids are better than us but we’ve learned to accept it (sorta).

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19. We can change our costume – including tights, hairstyle, jewelry – in 40 seconds.

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20. Dance isn’t a sport. It’s way harder.

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21. Yes, I AM obsessed with my dance friends cause we spend every second together and no one else would ever get our inside jokes.

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