Women's Health Month: Thriving In Your Menstrual Cycle
Updated: Jan 15
May is all about Women’s health and in honor of all of the women out there we are celebrating it by diving into topics that are not discussed enough. So far this month we have talked about birth control and whether or not it is good for you and last week we discussed what a normal menstrual cycle should look like. Today, we will go over ways on how you can thrive during your menstrual cycle.
TODAYS TOPIC: WOMEN’S HEALTH MONTH: THRIVING IN YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE
Women often perceive a sign &/or symptom as “their normal” but it could actually not be normal and your body is trying to tell you something abnormal could actually be occurring. There is often a stigma around this topic that is affecting women’s health all over the world and with proper education and support we can elevate ourselves and start thriving.
SIGNS OF A CHANGING MENSTRUAL CYCLE
Especially in situations of extreme or prolonged stress, we may start to experience a change in our cycle which is very common. I have spoken with a lot of women who have reported a change due to COVID-19 and all of the stress that has come with this pandemic. There are several signs/symptoms in which could be a clue that you may be experiencing an imbalanced menstrual cycle, here are some common symptoms:
Excessive brown bleeding
Many women can resonate with this list and now in this time of quarantine we can take this “stressful time” and optimize it to our advantage. It is recognizing these clues to empower ourselves is how we will thrive. There are so many lifestyle shifts happening right now so while we are in the mode of making changes and adjustments, make them for the better. Many of these symptoms can be reversed with a lifestyle and exercise modification.
EXERCISE TO THRIVE DURING YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE
We all know that exercising is crucial for your health and you feel amazing after a good workout but we need to be mindful that not all exercise is created equal. Not all exercise during your menstrual cycle is created equal. To recap on last week’s session there are four phases of our cycle.
Follicular – something new and innovative (Zumba)
Ovulation – strong-willed (marathon or long bike ride)
Luteal – slowing down (easy run or vinyasa)
Menstruation – gentle movement (yoga Nidra or restorative yoga or walk)
We go into more detail on each phase and what you may be experiencing throughout the course of your cycle. In each phase of your cycle, you may feel some sort of way that is not consistent with how you felt the day before and could possibly change feelings shortly after. You should be listening to what your body is telling you and adjusting accordingly. Our reproductive organ is the last tissue that is nourished because it is not a vital organ for our survival which is why we really need to be mindful of what we can do to nourish ourselves.
HOW: For those who experience short periods or very light bleeding really want to bring the energy down the body. A great way to do that is to strengthen the legs with squats and slow meditative walking. Really focus on your feet as they touch the ground. If you are experiencing heavy, long, or mid-cycle spotting then you need to lighten the load to release energy. A great way to achieve energy-releasing is with breathing techniques.
TAKE ACTION: THRIVE DURING YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE
Here is my invitation to you, take notice. Look at your menstrual cycle, jot down your emotions and symptoms, and not just when you are on your period but throughout the month. Listen to what your body is telling you and adjust accordingly. If you feel creative, create. If you feel confident, ask for that raise. If you feel strong and energized, take a HIIT class. If you feel tired, rest. Your cycle is your story and if you listen and nourish yourself, you will be empowered, and you will thrive.
NEXT WEEK: We will be talking about our menopause story. This topic is for every woman as we will talk about the things that we should be doing before and during menopause. If you have any questions or just want to talk things out about any of the sessions I have held or would like for me to hold please reach out, I would love to have the hard talk with you.