Make Your Menstrual Cycle Work for You

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Lately, I've been hearing about this topic in emails, on blog posts, and on podcasts. It's been really great to learn these tips and I'm excited to share them with you!

 

Yes, we're getting into some girl talk...you know, having a conversation about "Aunt Flo" (AKA our monthly menstrual cycle). 

 

Maybe you typically try to ignore it. 

 

Maybe you fight against your body during your cycle or try to force it into submission.

 

But what if I told you there are ways that you can work WITH each phase of your cycle to accomplish more in your life and stop feeling like it's such a struggle?

 

If you're ready for all of that, read on ...

I'm going to share with you the four phases of a woman's cycle and which activities, foods, and essential oils are most supportive during each phase.

A woman's typical menstrual cycle has four stages:

 

1. Menstruation Phase (Days 1-7)

 

During this phase, you may feel a bit withdrawn, have less energy, and yearn for peace and quiet.

 

Activities in this phase that will be supportive to you include:

Gentle movement/exercise

Time in reflection

Journaling

Avoid scheduling major/stressful events

Foods that can support you during this phase include:

beets

seaweed

seafood

Essential oils* that can be supportive include:

Dragontime

Lavendar

Panaway

Clary Sage

Valor

Peppermint

Peace & Calming

Neroli

Orange

2. Follicular Phase (Days 1-13)

(Technically it begins at the same time as menstruation but the symptoms below are for 5-7 days after menstruation starts)

During this phase, you may be feeling increased energy, have a higher libido, may be more extroverted, self-sufficient, feel more attractive, flirty, and balanced.

Best activities for this phase include:

Problem-solving

Taking on new projects

Making big decisions

Participating in more strenuous exercise

Foods that can support you in this phase include:

Citrus

Cherries

Avocado

Barley

Sauerkraut

Eggs

Essential oils* that can be supportive include:

Clary Sage

Fennel

Coriander

3. Ovulation Phase (Days 13-15)

During this phase, you may be feeling even more increased confidence and higher energy. Your libido is highest during this phase. 

Activities that are supportive during this phase include:

Having a date night

Being more social, including networking events

Getting in lots of physical activity

Foods that may be supportive during this phase include:

Raw or steamed veggies

Dark leafy greens

Dark chocolate

Essential oils* that can be supportive include:

Geranium

Clary Sage

Neroli

4. Luteal Phase (Days 16-28)

This phase actually has two stages.

In stage 1, your body will start to wind down a bit and relax more. 

Helpful activities in this stage include:

Regular chores

Typical "to do" lists

In stage 2, women often start to have cravings and be more hungry, feel bloated, and feel more anxious, sensitive, emotional, introverted, and moody.

The best activities for this stage include:

Self-care activities

Scheduling alone time

Restorative movement (like restorative yoga)

Foods that can be supportive during this phase include:

Vitamin B foods (for energy)

Brown rice

Chickpeas

Apples

Raisins

Turkey

Halibut

Mint

Spirulina

Essential oils* that can be supportive include:

Thyme

Marjoram

Peppermint

Lavender

Ylang ylang

I hope you find this information helpful in getting you more in sync with your body and becoming more intuitive with what your body needs.

I also have a free PDF for you to download and keep handy to remind you of which activities will be most beneficial for you during the different phases of your cycle.

*I am a Young Living essential oils distributor. I LOVE their oils and have found them to be a wonderful addition to my life--for mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. If you would like more information on using oils or if I can help with any questions, feel free to drop me a line here

How do you support yourself during your cycle phases? Share below!

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Sources:

naturalaz.com/ARIZ/May-2015/Honoring-the-Moon-Cycle

youngliving.com

femalefitnesssystems.com/monthly-moods

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