For us women, our periods or ‘moon cycles’ as I like to call them (I know, very hippie of me) represent a natural ebb and flow of life. When I first got my period I felt really grossed out about it and hated getting it. It made me tired, super moody and it felt uncomfortable. In my 20’s, I started educating myself more on health and wellness and realised that as women, we shouldn’t feel ashamed or annoyed about getting our period. We should embrace them and feel grateful each time we get it because our bodies are so powerful and it’s extraordinary how everything functions to make our bodies work effectively.
What made me feel more in touch with my body and accept that periods are not disgusting, that it’s something great that happens every month, is changing the name and referring to periods as a ‘moon cycles’. As ‘new agey’ as it sounds, it made me feel closer to nature and understand that it is something that is meant to naturally happen to us as women and we shouldn’t suppress it and stop it from happening. The moon goes through cycles of waxing and waning and throughout our own moon cycle, there are times we feel more energised and other times when we feel like crawling into bed and doing nothing.
We need to get in touch with our own bodies and realise that the way we feel physically and mentally is caused by the stages we are at in our cycles. Leading up to your period, you probably feel more run down and more tired than usual. One moment you’re happy and the next you feel sad and melancholic for no reason at all. That’s a sign that you should get ready to relax more and be nicer to yourself. When you get your period, it’s a time when you should really take it easy. If you can, sleep in, have a slow start to the morning and make yourself a hearty breakfast, take yourself out for a walk, make some tea and read a good book. Self-care is the most important thing you can do for yourself when you’re on your period. It’s all about listening to your body. After your period, all of a sudden you probably feel way more energised and focused. This is the time to take advantage of all that energy and take action in achieving your goals, put yourself out there and be boss!
Here are some things you can do to learn more about your moon cycle and make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable. When I have my period, during the first couple of days, I love having a reason that I should I take it easy and not feel guilty about creating free time where I can just relax and sometimes even do, wait for it…nothing!
- Track your cycle: I find it fascinating learning about my cycle and discovering the days when I’m most fertile and the days when I’m not. If you’re having sex, this gives you a sense of comfort because you become aware of the days when you have to be more careful and take the necessary contraceptive precautions. Obviously, it’s good to always be safe because potentially getting pregnant isn’t the only consequence of having sex. I use the app Period Tracker to track my cycle because you can write notes in it on anything from your moods, food cravings, symptoms and note down when you’re having sex. You’re guaranteed to feel more in tune with your body which is a great feeling.
- Use natural and organic sanitary products: TOMS Organic are my favourite natural sanitary products. They use organic cotton and are chemically free of toxins. After all, you don’t want to be putting harmful chemicals in the most delicate part of your body.
- Educate yourself: Become more aware of your moon cycle, your body and what you can do to take care of it. Naturopathic doctor Dr. Lara Briden and Natural Fertility Specialist Nat Kringoudis are great resources so check out their websites.
Below I have included a self-care checklist, things that you can do for yourself to make you feel more relaxed and happy throughout your moon cycle.
- Go for a walk by the ocean or at the park
- Take a warm bath
- Listen to a podcast
- Watch a movie or an episode of your favourite show (with some tea and chocolate of course)
- Eat warm comfort foods such as soups and curry
- Have a green juice and boost your metabolism
- Journal, draw, paint, do something creative and unleash your imagination
- Sit on the beach or in the park under the sun, close your eyes and breath deeply
- Buy yourself some flowers
- Take a nap or go to bed earlier
- Do some yoga
- Don’t look at your phone or better yet disassociate yourself from all forms of technology for 1-2 hours
- Put on your favourite track and dance around the house
- Lie on your bed with a heat pack on your stomach and listen to some music
- Burn some essential oils and sit on the couch with some tea
Words by Tamara Bose.
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