What do you think about periods?
I’ll be honest – up until this year, I saw my period as a hindrance. A week of pain, low energy, moodiness, and just ‘meh’ feelings, and then forgot about it for the rest of the month.
My period was never a priority and I was always unprepared – over 20 years of periods and I was still shocked and annoyed when it turned up every month! But with a new decade, I decided to regain control and learn more about our menstrual cycle – because it’s a bloody gift (pun intended!).
Here’s what I learnt:
Men have a 24-hour cycle, whereas women have around a 28-day cycle. We live in the same world and often do the same jobs, but our cycle of energy and hormones are not the same.
There is power in the menstrual cycle, which has four phases each month – not just the ‘period’ or bleed. Each phase is a gift with superpowers, and once understood and honoured you can be more intentional and more effective. No more forcing work and creativity when it’s not naturally flowing to you.
It’s almost like a pressure release – biologically, as women, we are not made to GO GO GO all the time. Our energy flows on a cycle, so it’s about planning your month accordingly to work in alignment with your cycle.
Simple – yet truly powerful!