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You’ve Moved Into Your Own Place – Now The Fun Can Begin!

November 22, 2017
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So, you’ve finally moved out into your own place. It feels good, right?

Now all the fun can begin!

Well, not quite yet it can’t… there are actually a few things that you need to get sorted out. And then all the fun can really begin!

But don’t worry, some of these initial things you need to get sorted when you move into your own place can be fun as well. After all, they all help you get settled in quicker so that you can finally turn your new house or apartment into a proper home for yourself!

But we should start with all the boring things first and then we can move onto the fun, creative ways you can make your house a home.

Ready?

Here’s everything you need to do once you move into a new place!

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Don’t Waste Time Unpacking

It might be the most thing that you need to do, but you really shouldn’t put off unpacking for too long. After all, the quicker you get on with it, the sooner it will be over and done with. The sooner everything is out of all the cardboard boxes, you will be able to check everything and make sure that there is nothing broken or missing. If there is, you can then get in touch with the moving firm to try and figure out what went wrong during transit. Plus, once you are all done with unpacking, that’s it – you can finally sit back, relax, and forget all about it!

Change The Locks

The previous tenant of your new house or apartment will have given you all of the copies of keys that they have. Even so, it’s still a good idea to change the looks. Remember, though, this is only an option if you have actually bought your new house or flat – if you are renting, you will have to check with the landlord to see if it is ok to do so. You never know who the previous tenant or homeowner gave copies of the keys to, and those copies might still be out there. There’s no way of knowing who, if anyone, has some keys to your home! So, change the locks just to be on the safe side!

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Inspect The House

This is a crucial step if you are renting your new home and have paid a security deposit. Before you get too settled into your new surroundings, it’s super important that you have a quick check to make sure everything is how it should be. Do you notice any damage that was there before you moved in? If so, take a picture and let your landlord know. That way, they will be aware that you didn’t cause the damage. If they think that you did, then they might end up deducting some of your deposit when it is time to move out.

Get Your Electrical System Serviced

Has the electrical system in your new property been in situ for a few years? If so, then it’s a good idea to get it serviced as soon as you move in. Not too sure how old it is? Well, it’s a good idea to get it serviced anyway so that you can be sure there is nothing wrong with it that might cause a risk to you. You can hire a regular electrician to do the service for you. They will check the system to make sure that there are no problems with it. They will also be able to replace any or the entire system if necessary.

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Get Your New Utility Bills Sorted

One of the first parts of paperwork that you need to sort out for your new home is all the bills. You will need to set up an account with your local water company, an electricity supplier, telephone and internet company, and your local council. If there are some meters in your home, such as an electricity meter, gas meter, or water meter, you should take readings as soon as you move in. These readings will be needed when you set up your account so that the companies can figure out how much energy and water you use after you move in. Make sure that you don’t delay in setting up these accounts and don’t take the wrong meter readings as these could lead to you paying too much for your first utility bills.

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Get Some Insurance

As well as setting up your utility bills, you will also need to get some insurance. There are different types of insurance that are available for homeowners, some of which you might be able to do without. At the very least, though, you should get contents insurance so that all of your belongings are protected against theft and accidental damage. It’s also necessary to get building insurance as well as this protects the structure of the property against any damage. If you now live in an area or neighborhood that is at risk of flooding, you might want to take out additional insurance that protects against water damage and flooding.

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Clean Your New Home

You should always clean your entire home once you have moved in, even if it looks completely spick and span! This is especially the case for any houses or apartments that have been empty for a while before you move in. There might be quite a bit of dust and grime on the worktops and surfaces, for instance, if no one has been looking after the property for a few months. Don’t forget to get into those often forgotten places, like a basement or under the stairs cupboard, as these could be particularly dirty.

Set Up A Mail-Forwarding Service

Don’t want to keep on having to go back to your old address to pick up your mail? If not, then you should set up a mail-forwarding service. When you register for this service, you give the company your old address and your new address. Whenever any letters or packages addressed to you get sent to your old address, they will be automatically redirected and forwarded to your new address. So, you don’t have to go round to your old address and pick up any mail ever again! You can set up this service for as long as you need it.

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Sort Out The Garden

If your new place comes with its very own garden, you should get out into it and sort it out as soon as you have time. If you leave it for too long, the garden will only end up getting overgrown and it will look like you’ve bought a house with a jungle attached to it! Don’t worry if you aren’t really a keen gardener. You don’t need to spend hours in your garden; just try and make sure that it’s smartened up a bit. So, that involves mowing the lawn, trimming any overgrown bushes and trees, and just generally giving the place a bit of a spruce up. You might even like the idea of adding a patio and patio roofing to create a pleasant seating area. If you don’t want to end up working in your garden every week, it’s worth changing it so that it is easier to manage and maintain. For instance, you might want to replace the lawn and any grassy areas with some paving slabs.

Start Decorating

Now you can start to get on with all the fun, creative things! And one of the things that is the most fun to do is decorating! It gives you the chance to put your very own stamp on your new place and fill it with your personal style and flair. Again, this is something that you shouldn’t waste too much time with getting on with. Otherwise, it will just become a big chore! Once you move in, start to think about how you can go about decorating your place. For example, you might want to try and achieve a vintage decor by purchasing lots of second-hand and antique furniture from your nearest flea market. If you want a more contemporary feel to your new place, it’s probably best to visit your local furniture store to see what all the latest trends and styles in interior design are like right now.

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Say Hello To The Neighbors

As a nice gesture, it’s always a great idea to pop around to your neighbors and say hello. It’s a good idea to get well acquainted with whoever you live next to so that you always feel comfortable if you ever need to ask them about anything or for any advice. Plus, getting to know you will probably put their mind at ease as well. You never know, you might even become firm friends and start to hang out together!

So, as you can see, getting your new place sorted doesn’t have to be completely boring and hard work. There are actually a few fun and creative things that you will need to do as well!

Fendi Teamed Up With Rimowa For Luxury Luggage

November 16, 2017
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One of the luxurious brand, Rimowa, when it comes to travel luggage had teamed up with to the one on leads in the fashion industry which the Fendi. We all know that the German made luggage, Rimowa, it’s quite hard to obtained for the ranges of their products are tremendously high than you expected it hence there just a minimal, I guess, group of people who can really affords it and bring it home without regrets at all.

These are the inner looks of the luggage and by just a look you really can tell on how luxurious it was and even the materials used to it which add up the accentual of the whole luggage is really awesome. Hence no doubt while high profile personas are keep on getting this luggage as they travel aboard or even local.

The pricing range?

As for now I haven’t heard any of the details yet. But as soon the both brands releases some. I’ll definitely update you all here again, so please keep on checking me for the updates as you really pleased yourself to know about further about the new luxurious luggage that might get available soon nears you.

 

HUMAN MADE & STUDIO SEVEN Introduce New Fall/Winter 2017 Capsule

November 16, 2017
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As you can tell on this blog, istarblog.com, I really used to featured out these collaborative pieces or mostly the limited edition ones as these were the most searched and my readers would really like to see hence I really keep them here for you to be updated on what are new in the fashion industry in real time.

Recently, while me searching the web, hypebeast specifically, I found out that these 2 brands have collaborated for their both Fall/Winter 2017 Capsule which I know most of you folks were look forward to hence I’ve decided to include these pieces here.

To be honest, these pieces here were just basic and can really find to the other brands as well in your local brands neither. But I think the only edge of this collection for the others same designs were, was their materials used as I’ve heard that they did used the best cotton among all hence these pieces were really fine to have and can really makes you rock on.

For more deets of this collection here. You can head over in either of the 2 brands main website as they releases already the details for their upcoming collection.

Beat the Bug: Avoiding the Norovirus

November 16, 2017
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We’re entering that time of year when everyone seems to be getting ill. School classes are only half full as everyone’s at home in bed and workers are struggling to cope as most businesses are short on staff. Most of us work or live in close-proximity to others. We stand squashed up next to strangers on our morning commute, and we interact with countless people every day. Especially if you live in a busy city. While this does have countless advantages, one drawback is that we tend to pass sickness around very easily.

At this time of year coughs and colds are rife. But worse than those, is the norovirus, otherwise known as the winter sickness bug. While it usually only lasts for a day or two, it can be dreadful. You’ll find yourself unable to keep anything down, struggling to sleep, exhausted and suffering from dehydration and all its related symptoms. If you’ve got young children, you could even find that your household passes the virus back and forward for weeks.

Here’s a look at some of the best ways both prevent the bug from striking you down and fighting back when it does.

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Rest

One of these reasons we all get ill in the winter is that we are busy. As the holidays approach, we’re running around like crazy. A lack of sleep or rest can lower your immunity and make you more likely to contract bugs. So, make sure you take a little time out when you can.

If you do contract norovirus, the best thing that you can do is rest. Stay at home, snuggle up and relax until the symptoms have passed. This will allow your body to devote all of its resources to fighting the bug.

Keep Warm

The other reason we get ill in the winter is that we are colder. Viruses find it easier to grow in colder conditions. So, keep your home warm and wrap up when you go out.

Practice Good Hygiene

Norovirus is exceptionally contagious. So, make sure you and your family practice good personal hygiene. Wash your hands regularly, change clothes and bedding and make sure the surfaces in your home are cleaning thoroughly.

Get a Flu Jab

While the flu vaccination won’t stop norovirus, it can help. Norovirus finds it easier to attack when your immune system is struggling. One of the main reasons it struggles is that it’s busy fighting something else. Stopping yourself getting the flu means your immune system can focus on fighting off other bugs.

Get Plenty of Vitamin C

Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits and other fruits and vegetables. It helps to protect your cells, so it can both protect you from illness and help you to feel better when you do. If you are worried that you’re not getting enough, take a supplement.

Fluids

Norovirus will make it very difficult to eat and drink. But, it’s important that you try to drink as much as you can to avoid dehydration and strengthen your body. Take small sips of water frequently for the best chance of keeping it down. If you are struggling to keep even this down

use Dr App Online to get advice.

Norovirus can be awful. But, it usually only lasts for a few days and isn’t dangerous. Wrap up warm, rest and look after yourself.

Stop Running So Many Errands! Do This Instead

November 14, 2017
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Do you still spend a good chunk of your time running errands? The phrase sometimes feels pretty old-fashioned, like something a 1950s housewife would do. But nearly everyone has things they need to do regularly or occasionally, from visiting the post office to picking up your dry cleaning. These tasks can be time-consuming and, if you drive or take public transport, expensive too. If you want to take back your time, you can cut down on these errands by modernizing them or getting rid of them all together. Have a look at these tips to stop running errands and start running your life.

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Take Some of Your Tasks Online

We have the internet now. That means that you should be able to do at least some things online, instead of having to go out and do them. Lots of people shop online, so why not do some other tasks online too? If you have a PO box that you have to go and collect your mail from, switch it to a virtual PO box with a street address. The company will scan all your mail for you and put it online, so you never have to collect it again. See if your bank offers online banking so that you can do some of your banking tasks online instead of going to your nearest branch. They might also offer telephone banking.

Get Someone Else to Do Your Errands for You

What if someone else could run your errands for you? There’s no need to do everything yourself when there are handy services that will help you out. Some of these will come from individual companies. For example, your dry cleaning company might pick up and drop off your laundry for you. You can also find services that will do lots of different tasks for you, from picking up your prescriptions to returning items to the store for you. It will mean you’re paying for the service, but many people are willing to sacrifice some money if it means they get some of their time back.

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Do Essential Errands in Batches

If you do have to run any errands, because they’re hard to avoid completely, don’t scatter them all over the place. If you plan ahead and do them all at the same time, you can save time and money. Make a list of the things you need to do and plan the most efficient route so that you can get them done as soon as possible. Then you won’t have to worry about them for the rest of the week, and you won’t have to make several trips.

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Literally Run Your Errands

Another way to get the most from any errands you do have to run is to literally run them. Combine your workout and your errands by going for a run or perhaps a bike ride and doing essential tasks at the same time. It will keep you fit, and you’ll be productive. If you need to take anything with you or pick anything up, try taking a backpack with you.

You don’t have to waste all your time running errands. Cut them down or do them more efficiently to get your life back.

The Home Help Saviors To Add To Your Address Book

November 14, 2017
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When it comes to your home, you’ll often find that things never really work like clockwork. As much as you’d want them too! Because when you have finished dealing with one home drama, it’s highly likely that another one will pop up in its place. And after a while, having to deal with things alone can start to drive you mad. So the trick is, not to deal with things alone. You shouldn’t have to either, because there are plenty of professionals out there that can help you to keep your home in order. If you want to make sure that you’re prepared for just about anything, then here’s a list of people that you should look to connect with to help you out when you need it most.

Exterminators

Dealing with pests is never pretty. In fact, pests, in general, can be one of the toughest home hassles to have to deal with. So don’t. Why try and take on something you despise yourself when there are professionals out there that can take it on for you? Selecting a pest control service is crucial, as this post points out, https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/tips-selecting-pest-control-service. So don’t take the task too lightly. If you want the job done quickly and quietly, and at the right price, you need to find a local expert that’s up to the task.

Specialist Cleaners

Next up, there are the specialist cleaners that you should keep in your contact book too. Because when the chimney needs sweeping, or the windows need washing, you’re not always going to be best equipped to do it yourself. But professionals will be. You might even be interested in oven cleaners and laundry specialists that can take on odd jobs too.

Movers

And there’s always movers to think about. Because who knows when you might be moving on up to the mansion of your dreams. With the right firm, such as https://www.mybekins.com/location/santa-fe-springs-ca-movers/, it’ll feel like an entirely stress-free experience too. And when you’ve got a lot on your plate already, that can be an essential requirement of getting the job done.

Handymen

When you’ve got small little tasks to take on around the home, and you have no idea how to do them yourself, you can often feel like you have to overlook them or leave them for a rainy day. But now when you have a handyman on speed dial. So if you’ve got shelving to go up or lighting to be fixed, you’ll be glad you found the best man for the job.

House Sitters

Finally, you may also want to think about adding house sitters to your list too. It’s not something that everyone wants to use or needs, but using a house sitter can be a great way to feel rest assured when you’re out of town. And if you have a pet, getting a house sitter in your contact list can kill two birds with one stone.

What do you wear for a wedding in a different culture?

November 13, 2017
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Wedding courtesy around the world are different to one another. Other are too simple while other prefers to be extravagance. But in the end of the day what really important is, you couple had shared the loved and vows to one another that can really makes difference.

But of course, attending wedding must be well organized by following the dress code as for the religions or beliefs rules hence you wont be look so disrespectful to the ones tying the knot as you, yourself is an attendee.

Hence, you should check out on below’s details as you have a friends, a colleagues and even a family who are into different ethnicity that has differ way in celebrating love.

Once the excitement of receiving a wedding invitation has worn off, it’s time to start planning your outfit. Choosing a guest outfit for a wedding in the UK is hard enough, but what about if you’ve been invited to a wedding of a different culture? Together with Charles Tyrwhitt, retailers of timeless menswear, we look at how the dress code of a wedding changes depending on the background of the newlyweds.

What will the bride be wearing?

Brides are known in the UK for their flattering white dresses, accompanied by a long train and veil. But how do our own bridal traditions compare to India, Japan and China?

India

In India, the lady’s dress depends on the region of India that they’re from. In some regions, the bride wears a saree which is a garment that looks like a long drape, in others she wears a lehenga which is a long skirt. Often the bride is dressed in red or another vibrant colour, her garments will be carefully embroidered with an impressive design.

The bride and her bridal party often have henna on their palms, hands, forearms and legs.

Japan

Japanese weddings are very elaborate and it is acceptable for families to spend close to £75,000 on a wedding day. It is often the parents of the couple who organise the wedding, and they are willing to spend excessive amounts to save face. Because of the large scale of the weddings, the bride can have as many as 5 costume changes!

At a traditional (Shinto) wedding, the bride wears a white kimono, but more recently Japanese brides wear a dress that has a traditional print.

China

In China, it is likely that the bride will be dressed in red as it is considered a sign of good luck that can warn off evil spirits. In some regions, typically in northern China, the traditional attire for a bride is a one-piece dress that is embroidered with gold and silver designs. In southern China, the typical wear is a two-piece frock.

A bridal crown is part of the wedding costume for some brides too – it is worn for photography or for show at a grand occasion. For footwear, a special pair of shoes are often worn that are embroidered with a symbol — for example, a turtle or a deer which symbolises happiness and longevity.

In addition, the color of the dresses that both groom and bride should be wear off was color red. Because red symbolizes wealth and an eternity of love that the couple should keep till the end of time.

What will the groom be wearing?

The men often have traditional dress codes that they are expected to follow – however, many of them are opting for a smart suit similar to how a groom in the UK would dress.

India

Similar to the women, it depends on what region of India the groom is from as to what they wear. Some husbands-to-be wear traditional dress, such as a dhoti which is a rectangular cloth ties around the waist. In other regions, they wear a sherwani (a long coat), a kurta (loose falling shirt that hangs below the knee), or a Western suit.

The men also have henna on their bodies but it is less elaborate and often hidden.

Japan

Traditionally, a Japanese groom wears a wedding kimono for the ceremony and then changes into a tuxedo. The formal kimono that he wears is called a montsuki, and often displays the family crest. More recently, younger grooms start the ceremony in a tuxedo too.

China

In China, the husband-to-be traditionally wears a black silk coat over an embroidered robe. Often, in the modern day, the overcoat is not worn.

The groom has to wear certain headwear too – this is usually a black hat with a red tassel. Some younger generations are not following the traditional dress code and simply wear a tuxedo or a Western-style business suit.

What should the guests wear?

It can be difficult to choose an outfit as a guest, as there are many traditions and symbols that you may be unaware of and you don’t want to offend anyone.

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At an Indian wedding, the bolder your outfit is the better. Wearing vibrant colours will mean you fit in with the Indian guests. Guests should avoid white or black as these are colours worn for funerals and mourning in India. It is also advised that red is not worn either as the bride will probably be dressed in this colour.

Women guests should not bare their shoulders, wear low cut tops or short skirts as this can be seen as disrespectful — a jewel-tone dress with a shawl is one appropriate outfit. The Indian female guests will most likely be dressed in colourful sarees or anarkali suits. Jewellery is important for women too, choose a statement piece for around your neck with matching earrings and bangles.

Men often wear a tailored kurta with a pyjama and a dupatta (shawl) can be added over the kurta. For their feet, sandals, jootis or chappals are often worn as these are comfortable and prevent overheating.

Guests might also be expected to cover their heads if the wedding is held in a temple. For this, women can wear a long scarf or pashmina over their heads and men are usually provided with a head cover such as a large handkerchief.

An Indian wedding is often a long drawn out event (it could be three days long!) so make sure you are wearing something loose and comfortable.

Japan

At a traditional Japanese wedding, men were expected to be dressed very formally with a black suit and white tie. Now however, the dress code is more flexible and it is accepted for men to come dressed in suits other than black with various coloured ties. However, it is advised to avoid white clothes with black ties.

Women often wear dresses that are knee length or a coloured kimono to take on a traditional look. It is best to avoid showing any shoulder as this can be deemed a disrespectful.

China

When dressing for a Chinese wedding, avoid wearing red as this can be seen as trying to steal the limelight from the bride. It’s best to wear pink, peach or purple as these are all symbols of new life and happiness. A formal dress is suitable for a Chinese wedding.

Colours to avoid include black and white, as these symbolise mourning and black is considered to be the colour of bad luck.

Sources

https://www.everafterguide.net/what-to-wear-to-an-indian-wedding.html

http://www.chinabridal.com/etiquette/dress.htm

http://chinesecommunity.org.nz/site/topics/show/391-dos-and-donts-when-attending-a-chinese-wedding

http://factsanddetails.com/japan/cat18/sub117/item617.html

ATO’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collection

November 8, 2017
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First off, this was actually my first time in hearing off about the brand, to be honest. Hence, dont expect me to elaborate further on what usual thing they do at their brand but as far as seeing it. It seems that mostly of their finds are too Asian as for it’s styling, specifically a Japan style, hence I think their pieces will go well in particular geographic areas because not all western people would like to wear this in the daily basis, I know.

These are the sample lookbook or styling that we could expect t have for their next season’s collection. And I must say, these pieces are too quirky and unique although I cant see myself wearing them as I have different kind of fashion statement for myself and still i really recommend these finds for all out there who wants to be fashionable enough for a certain events that they’ll have to attend to.

About the availability and prices?

As for now, I haven’t know it yet as the brand haven’t release any further details about it yet too. But soon enough as the brand finalized their collection, by then we could have the latest details about this which of course be shared in here as am keen to keep you posted here regarding this ATO’s Spring/Summer 2018 Collection.

Saint Laurent Re-releases $500 USD Embroidered Court Shoe

November 8, 2017
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To be honest, with all the shoe designs that are being out there in the market. One designs really suits my tastes and this was this white casual sneakers. Because this kind of shoes are can be fitted well to your smart casual, formal and even to your sport wear. In Short, the shoe is too versatile to not consider. Actually, I have got myself some of these but in different brands, though. And I am telling you that they are too dope and goes well really in any outfit you’d be trying to pull off. Try to search some lookbook photos over the google who has sports this kind of shoes for you to have the idea on how awesome this was among to all the other shoe types available today in the market. Good thing that even Saint Laurent, one of the high-end brand, is now considering this and made their own line already for us guys to consider. But to be honest, I wont consider it as the price are too much for me but of course if you have some extra to spend, you’ll definitely want to get this as the shoe itself is looking too fancy and classy for all of your outfits.

As you can see on the title. The shoe will cost you 500 USD in a single pair and it may be available soon in any Saint Laurent stores nears you hence if you are down in getting this. You must then often check the availability to the nearest stores for you to have it first as this was a hot cake at the moment and a lot of peeps are getting crazed with it already it might gonna run out of stock in the store nears you hence it’s better to have yourself an reservation as early as today.

Stop Menstruation Pains. Period.

November 6, 2017
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When that time of the month rolls around again, it can often be quite depressing. You won’t feel your usual attractive self, you’ll end up feeling very bloated, and period pains just top it all off. There’s no doubt that the pains, aches, and cramps are the worst thing about menstruation.

Are yours starting to really get you down? Here are some handy tips that can help minimize all the pain.

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Painkillers

Probably the most obvious treatment for period pains is painkillers. You have three options: paracetamol, aspirin, and ibuprofen. Although, it’s best to stick to either aspirin or ibuprofen, as paracetamol has been shown to not be too effective against period cramps. Remember that aspirin shouldn’t be taken if you are under 16, though, and it’s best not to use ibuprofen if you also suffer from asthma.

Magnesium Supplements

There are also some vitamin supplements that have been shown to have an effect on period pains and cramps, magnesium being the most effective by far. If you start to take Caruso’s magnesium tablets, you will find that your cramps are a lot weaker when your next period comes. That’s because most people don’t get enough magnesium in their diets, and this can cause painful menstruation cramps. You will certainly notice a big difference if you take magnesium on a daily basis.

A Hot Water Bottle

Quite a few different studies have shown that using a hot water bottle on your midsection can help to eliminate most of the pain. Some women find that if they use heat on their midsection as well as taking ibuprofen, then they can completely cut their menstruation pains. The heat works so well because it helps to improve the blood flow to this area which can ease cramps and aches.

Try To Exercise

Exercise may not be the first thing on your mind when you start to feel pain from your period, but it could be really worth giving it a go. When you exercise, the body will release a lot of endorphins into its system. These are known as natural painkillers and antidepressants. They will help to improve your mood and can also reduce pain. Plus, exercising can help to take your mind off your period.

Take Birth Control Pills

If you are using birth control methods, you might want to think about switching your preferred method to birth control pills. Lots of studies show that these are very effective at reducing period pains. Even if you don’t need to use these pills for contraception, it’s still a good idea to ask your doctor about using them to reduce your period pain. Most doctors will also prescribe them as a treatment for period pains.

As you can see, there are lots of different ways you can reduce the pain, aches, and cramps that you feel during your time of the month. It’s often a great idea to use a couple of these different tips at the same time so that you can get the most pain relief!