It is common to think that periods are something you want to avoid. They reduce your productivity, make you sensitive and highly emotional. Women know how to deal with this (chocolates, blankets, books, and movies). It looks like we know quite a lot about these 3-7 days. What about the rest of the month? What is happening with your own body and how to use your physical changes for your well-being?
Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
1st phase - Menstruation:
Day 1 of your cycle is the first day of bleeding. Lasts 3-7 days.
Estrogen and testosterone drop to a minimum. Low levels of the hormone estrogen can make you feel depressed or irritable. During this time, you may feel the lack of energy which might lead to the desire to put your duties away and rest.
WHAT TO DO:
It is a perfect time for self-care – be a lazy cat. Period is destined to take time just for yourself: nourishing your body with healthy comfort foods, maybe taking a relaxing yoga class to gently stretch your body and release the tension. As well as getting to bed early, reading your favorite book or getting a massage, and anything that makes you balanced and nourished.
Curl up in bed and make yourself some tea! Studies show that herbs, such as chamomile, fennel, cinnamon, ginger help to reduce the muscle contractions and swelling and relieves the pain.
When you take time and respect your body’s needs to rest during this phase, you will enhance your ability to get more energy out of the active phases of your cycle.
Begins after menstruation and lasts for 7-10 days
Your body is preparing to release an egg. Levels of estrogen and testosterone start gradually increase as ovulation gets closer, which boosts your energy, mood and brain skills. You may start to feel more confident, powerful and are willing to take more risks.
Testosterone might make you more impulsive and competitive, while estrogen helps to boost endorphins, which are the “feel-good” brain hormones, they acts as a pain reliever and happiness booster. Estrogen makes your skin look and feel better. It also makes you more extroverted and pushes you to be more open and ready to try new things as well as connect with other people.
WHAT TO DO:
3rd phase - Ovulation:
The ovulatory phase is the shortest and lasts for 2-3 days
It is time your body was preparing for these past weeks. Right before ovulation, there is a surge of Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and this causes the dominant follicle to burst and release an egg from the ovary into the fallopian tube.
Estrogen and Testosterone continue their rise to peak levels, boosting all the effects you enjoyed during the 2nd phase. You look more attractive during this time and you’ll feel more confident about your appearance. Overall, you feel best around this time, emotionally and physically. The brain chemistry you have during this phase heightens your verbal skills.
WHAT TO DO:
This is a great time to have important conversations: ask for that promotion, plan to negotiate deals, sales, go to that interview for a job that you were dreaming but hesitated – it’s time for your super powers!
Plan ahead of schedule for valuable meetings, dates or time with friends and family and other activities you enjoy. This is the peak of your energy in the month so take advantage of it!
This phase has two halves and typically lasts from 12-16 days.
After ovulation, FSH and LH levels sharply decline and remain low for the rest of the cycle. Estrogen and testosterone gradually decline and the follicle that released the egg will start to produce progesterone, causing this hormone to rise gradually.
During the second week, estrogen will slightly rise again in preparation for pregnancy. If there is no pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone will drop and cause the uterine lining to shed as well as your moods to change. Some women are more sensitive to these changing hormone levels than others. Some women feel irritable, anxious, or depressed during the premenstrual week but others do not.
WHAT TO DO:
During the first week, you are still going to feel powerful thanks to estrogen and testosterone. You are most task-oriented and feel the most pleasure at completing projects. Use this time to get things done. Take pleasure in completing projects and wrapping things up. So, bring things to completion, do administrative type tasks: accounting, monthly reports, expense reports.
During the second half of this phase, You may start to experience Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Clearing your calendar of big social events will help conserve energy. This is time to free up your busy schedule and slow down.
Ready to repeat?
Sometimes it’s hard and You may not like all these changes, but it’s natural and is rewarding to know your strengths. It is the rhythm that you can either fight with or follow and use for your secret power.
All of these advices will help as long as you will listen to your body. Love and respect to your body will upgrade your life.
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