Transform your health by listening to your menstrual cycle
Our menstrual cycles are not the enemy they’re perceived to be. They’re simply trying to tell us that there’s something amiss in our bodies. When we take medication like the contraceptive pill to “regulate our cycle” we’re simply masking the problem – and often causing more issues.
The first step to embracing your cycle and transforming your health is to track your cycle. Take a couple of minutes each day to write down (do not use an app, you lose the real connection to your cycle) how you feel both emotionally and physically. Record any cycle signs you’re experiencing, e.g. bloating, fatigue, constipation, nausea, night sweats, dizziness, headaches, back pain, painful intercourse, forgetfulness, mood swings, acne, dry skin, anxiety… Look back every few months and highlight common words and patterns.
Be aware of the 4 phases/inner seasons of your cycle and notice how you change through each one:
- Inner winter – menstrual phase (3-7 days)
- Inner spring – follicular phase (7-10 days)
- Inner summer – ovulatory phase (3-4 days)
- Inner autumn – luteal phase (10-14 days)
Each inner season differs from the others. Our energy levels, food desires, productivity levels and capacity for socialisation change. We have strengths and weaknesses within each inner season, and it’s important to be aware of them.
“Flowing from one season to the next is like riding the currents of the ocean, as opposed to swimming against the current” Jema Lee
Depending on the challenges you face you may find that even just slight changes to what you currently do could result in significant improvements to your health.
Over-exerting yourself during your inner autumn could lead to a challenging inner winter; instead embracing gentle yoga and saving your gym PB’s for your inner summer could lead to fewer cycle challenges. Eating iron rich foods and resting more in your late inner autumn and in your inner winter could reduce period challenges. Cutting out tea containing tannins could eliminate period cramps. Small changes with huge results.
You may find that you’re particularly more confident and outgoing during your inner summer. That’s a great time to schedule doing presentations, having tricky conversations, going on nights out or trying new things. Rather than trying to force it during your inner autumn when your strengths lie in completing tasks, reflecting, decluttering and doing admin.
Women are cyclical, we weren’t designed to do the same thing day in and day out. We’ve been pushed to follow the male 24-hour cycle, when a healthy female cycle is between 21-35 days. We have different needs, so let’s recognise and embrace them. By doing so we could completely transform our lives.
Roxy King-Clark is a Menstrual Cycle expert. Roxy specialises in helping females remove the pressure, stress, frustration and overwhelm and replaces it with confidence, enjoyment and empowerment. She helps them to sync their business and life to their menstrual cycles. She truly believes that when we know how to embrace and heal our menstrual cycles then they can become our superpowers and a powerful business asset.
Download your free cycle tracker and guide to growing your business using your menstrual cycle: bit.ly/roxycycletracker
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