INFOGRAPHIC: Office yoga to get you through your red days

Michaela Romulo
Fight dysmenorrhea with a little stretching. Inhale, exhale, and try some office friendly yoga poses
 

Graphic by Mara Elize Mercado

MANILA, Philippines – Day-to-day office work is stressful enough, what more during the days you are on your period?

Dysmenorrhea affects women in different ways. Some women barely even notice their periods, while others get mild to severe cramps. When cramps are so debilitating, getting out of bed is a challenge – and the thought of heading to work is even more unnerving.

But with sick leaves a precious commodity, it’s a shame to call in sick simply because of menstrual discomfort. 

One of the ways to treat menstrual discomfort is to engage in stretching and exercise, specifically ones that target the lower abdominal and lower back regions. Some women worry about being too active during their period – as you are prone to back stains­­ – but by using longer feminine pads to keep you protected, that won’t be an issue. 

Relieve your physical and mental discomfort by incorporating a little yoga practice during your workday. Take a 5-minute yoga break periodically through the day and you will be able to work better and go through it feeling more relaxed. 

You don’t even need to bring a yoga mat with you. These poses are simple enough so that you can utilize the office space around you –your chair, a well-carpeted floor, an empty conference room, or even the wall in your office or cubicle.

Here are some simple yoga poses that are easy to do in workplace and will help you relieve your period woes. Namaste! – Rappler.com