ICYDK, the average women spends about 10 years on her period in her lifetime. Yet no matter how many times Auntie Flo has come knocking—no, pounding—on our door, we still get affected. We feel fat and cranky, and the cramps that come with it leave us indisposed until further notice.

While menstrual woes are a reality for most of us, a few changes can make them more tolerable. Here are 5 hacks to make your period less of a pain. Scroll!

Yes, ladies, you read that right: now’s a time as any to indulge your sweet tooth. Dark chocolate is jam-packed with magnesium, which can help reduce menstrual cramps. It also contains endorphins or “happy hormones,” which uplifts your mood and keeps negative feelings at bay.

Speaking of feelings, your period comes with all kinds: anger, sadness, and an irrational sense of frustration. Watching a rom-com will help channel them into something positive, allowing you to laugh, cry, and expel any emotional demons that may be lingering overhead.

When you’re dealing with your period, the last place you want to be is at the gym. But, according to studies, working up a sweat can reduce symptoms of PMS. Due to the release of endorphins, it helps elevate the mood. Additionally, yoga and stretching can also help loosen pelvic muscles and alleviate cramps.

As you probably know, H2O is super important—and more so during your menstrual cycle. Chugging water will ease the most common PMS symptoms, such as bloating and fatigue. Plus, staying hydrated will also aid with digestion, so you can process your meals better and more effectively.

If there’s one thing that leaves us fresher than we feel on our periods, it’s a feminine wash. When choosing a wash, make sure it’s formulated within the right pH range and clinically tested. Take, for instance, the GynePro Feminine Wash. It’s made with safe, anti-infective ingredients that help kill bacteria without stripping the vaginal flora of essential moisture. A surefire way to feel fresh and carefree all through your cycle!

Now, you can breathe (and bleed) a little easier.

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