How Understanding Your Period Will Change Your Life Forever
2020 is finally here, and we are thrilled. Women everywhere are looking to make this their best decade yet.
But what if the biggest change you can make to your life isn’t even a change at all? What if you could change your life by documenting your menstrual cycle and planning around it, so that you are the one in control?
A while ago, we started thinking about the issues women face. It seems that we are always being weighed down by fatigue, PMS symptoms and chronic over-thinking. On top of all of this, striking the perfect balance between productivity, taking care of others and looking after ourselves seems impossible!
This made us think, there must be a way for us to achieve the perfect harmony in our day-to-day lives. But how?
By looking to our menstrual cycle, of course! (Who knew?)
Of course, like anything else, your cycle is unique to you, so its important to understand how your cycle works and when each stage occurs.
In writing down your feelings every day throughout your cycle (from the start of one period to the beginning of another) you can determine how each stage affects you, and you can use this information to improve your life.
The best part about scheduling your life around your cycle is that it means you can live in the present while also preparing for your future.
By spending your lower-energy days relaxing and preparing for your higher-energy days, and spending these higher-energy days working hard so that you can fully relax during your lower-energy days, you will be taking advantage of every moment while also reducing overall stress.
Honestly, we can’t see a downside.
So, what are the four stages of the menstrual cycle?
Phase 1: Menstruation
The beginning of your cycle is marked by the 3 to 7 days during which most women will experience their period.
During menstruation, most of us will experience cramps, headaches, back aches, nausea and fatigue. Most women dread this time- but menstruation actually provides us with the perfect space to focus on ourselves..
The first 2-3 days of your cycle will be your least energetic of the entire month, so don’t worry about taking some time to rest and care for yourself. This is also why we like to include a small gift in every subscription box you receive (we’ve got your back!)
Menstruation provides the perfect excuse to indulge in your favorite foods and movies while surrounded by your loved ones- and, while you recuperate, you can make sure you have everything in order, so that during the next phase you can tackle that big project on your to-do list (while you are at your most productive).
That way, you can make the most of this time and also be ready to make the most of the next stage of the cycle.
Which brings us to…
Phase 2: Pre-ovulation
Between day 7 and 14 of your menstrual cycle, your body will begin to release a new egg. As your period becomes a mere memory and you have triumphed over another menstruation phase, you are likely to feel stronger- both emotionally and physically- than at any other time of the month (yes, please!).
So, why not make the most of this high-energy phase?
You can finally tackle that weird looking machine at the gym.
You can try out that yoga class you’ve been thinking of joining.
Or, maybe you’d rather finish unpacking those boxes, or schedule that meeting at work?
Whatever you decide to do, making the most of your pre-ovulation phase will leave you feeling relaxed and worry-free, so that when you approach your lower-energy days of the cycle, you will have no qualms about relaxing and treating yourself.
Sounds like a win-win to us.
Phase 3: Ovulation
Usually, beginning around day 14 of your cycle, the Ovulation phase occurs, and brings with it the highest levels of estrogen, progesterone and Luteinizing hormones in your entire cycle.
This results in a change in discharge and breast tenderness for many women. But ovulation also brings many wonderful side effects.
Your libido will increase (so you will basically feel amazing about yourself) and you will experience one other major change.
You will want to leave your bed and talk to people- something that, during menstruation, you swore you could never and would never do again.
But now is your time to shine.
Whether you want to do some networking, to have a girls’ night, to do some team building at work, to go on a much-deserved date night (or date weekend)- whichever social activities will most enrich your life, this is the time to try new things and to put yourself out there.
This is the time, ladies, to take advantage of your thirst for social interaction and stimulation.
So, put on your favorite outfit and go have some fun!
Phase 4: Pre-menstruation
The fourth and final phase of the menstrual cycle tends to occur between day 21 and day 28.
During the last seven days of your cycle, your body prepares to shed its uterus lining and you may experience some common PMS symptoms such as:
- Mood swings
- Changes in appetite
These symptoms are caused by an imbalance in your estrogen and progesterone levels- but don’t worry, this is totally healthy and natural!
However, this means that pre-menstruation is often the hardest part of the menstrual cycle (lucky us, right?)… PMS symptoms are the worst, but the good news is, they don’t have to ruin your week.
To combat these nasty symptoms, doctors recommend making sure that you’re getting plenty of rest and trying to reduce some of the stress-triggers in your life (well, you don’t need to tell us twice!).
Studies show that women are actually able to focus more during pre-menstruation, so this is the perfect time to tackle that piece of work you’ve been leaving until tomorrow… for the last three weeks.
Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.
But if you’re in the pre-menstruation stage of your cycle then there really is no better time than now to get to work… and then take a 6 hour bath to relax afterwards. Doctor’s orders.