Girls, isn’t it true that our periods have such a negative vibe around them? They only seem to bring us hassle, moodiness, pain, tiredness…there seems to be nothing good about them. They interfere with our lives, rather than enhancing them. The media even portrays them as something to be ashamed of. Some women can’t wait to get to menopause to be rid of them.
What I want to share with you is an empowering re-frame of the way we think about our menstrual cycle. A new way to harness it, so that it works for you, so that it can help you do better in life instead of hindering you.
Guys, this makes interesting reading even for you and I urge you to share this blog with the women in your life…they will thank you.
Last week I was catching up on some health-related podcasts and one, in particular, was so interesting I just had to share it with you. Stasha is a health coach who specializes in Periods and she presented a truly refreshing way of looking at and using your cycles to your advantage.
The menstrual cycle is split into 4 distinct phases and each have very powerful moments which we can tap into.
Phase 1 is the luteal phase (or as a lot of you know it: PMS week - the one leading up to the bleed). I know this is the one where most of you feel like another person or monster has taken over your body. It probably doesn’t surprise you that this is the time of the month when you are hyper aware of any inequalities in your life…and when you realise that that’s not ok. The question to ask yourself during this week is WHAT? What is pissing you off, making you angry or upset? (don’t worry about solving anything or asking why, just get really, really clear about what it is that’s upsetting you or making you crazy). This is a time to slow down, to stop DOING and take care of yourself.
Phase 2 is menstruation. This is a time when we are most in tune with our womb wisdom, with our deep intuition (which we've gotten all to good at ignoring). Due to the drop in hormones this week and how that affects our brain chemistry, the left and right hand sides of your brain are working as a team this week, so you have access to great creative and logical thinking. So if you take the time (off) during this week, you’re actually great at figuring stuff out. The question to ask during this week is WHY? Why was that stuff last week pissing you off or upsetting you? This is the winter of your cycle so it’s time to turn in and go deep. Connect with you intuition and find out what you really want. This is the week to say no to all social and networking events (because if you’re honest with yourself, you probably don’t feel like going out anyway). So do yourself a favour and take time out, just enjoy evenings at home doing nothing - read, journal, take long baths, watch that box set, just be.
Phase 3 is your follicular phase (after bleeding stops until ovulation). Estrogen is rising in your body and with that your energy starts to rise too. This is the spring of your cycle. The time to go to parties, arrange interviews or network, as you feel particularly vibrant, sparky and interactive. This week you’ll also find that you’re great at problem solving too. Ideas will flow, so time to be creative. The question to ask is HOW? How can I solve the issues that were pissing me off a few weeks ago (don’t act on them, just notice the solutions and answers you come up with)?
The final fourth phase is ovulatory, so this is the week from ovulation to the start of PMS week. This is summertime. It’s about action. Time to put right the things that pissed you off in your luteal phase. Language and verbal abilities are at their greatest this month, all related to our progesterone rising, so we are able to explain and resolve things eloquently. You feel you can do things with calm and clarity. This is a great time to write those blogs, reports, books...and to be social. This is the moment to put right the things that pissed you off during your luteal phase, to have the conversations about how to resolve any inequalities in your life.
So rather than looking at your life as 7 days rolling into another 7 days and on and on, each week the same as the last, you can start to look at your life around a 4 week period and plan in the best time to do things that sync up with your cycle. I think it’s revolutionary and I’m definitely going to try it because immediately I recognise this to be true and I can spot the trends I’ve talked about above. Even if you don’t have the opportunity to control your work life, you still can apply this thinking to your social life and to your exercise regime (group classes working better in Phase 3 and 4, whilst quieter, more solitary exercise working better in Phases 1 and 2. Stasha has a great infographic here if you’re interested in finding out more.
Wouldn't it be great to not feel like we’re constantly at odds with our bodies, our energy? Not to feel like we’re pushing a boulder up a hill? We can see our cycle for all the positives it brings, rather than just the negatives. How empowering is that?
And did you know that issues with PMS, although common, aren’t really normal? Stress, poor diet, chemicals, toxins, food sensitivities and a host of other things can push our hormones so out of balance that the cascade affect is a worsening of our pre-menstrual symptoms. There is no need to live with this. There are ways you can naturally improve the situation. If you’re interested in finding out more about balancing your hormones, speak to me by booking a free discovery session.
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