When you are on your period, the hormones that are in play provide you with access to both heightened critical thinking skills and deeply held feelings. You are primed to consider strategically what might need shifting in your personal and professional life for the month ahead of you. I encourage you to take advantage of your menstruation phase and start a period journal to really utilize this time to have not only a better period, but to live your best life.
We recently discussed period rituals and journaling in my Facebook Live sessions.
You may already do something to honor your menstrual phase – be that taking a bath, sleeping in, taking some time alone to rest and relax. But you can get so much out of fully engaging with the energy you feel during this time. During your period, your hormone levels are lowered and your right and left brain are working in sync. This allows you an opportunity to be still and to reflect.
Accessing your hormonal powers
During your period, you can examine all of the areas of your life – your relationship, career, parenting, friendships, and more – carefully and critically, and you will have the capacity at this time to know fully and deeply what you want to change and what your true goals and desires are. It’s a time when you can assess your life and check if you’re still going in the direction you want overall – something that can get lost when you’re focused on the tasks, errands, and duties of everyday life. Is what you’re doing day-to-day still making you feel happy and fulfilled?
Menstruation is also a great time to examine critically any judgments you’re having about yourself – where do they come from? Is this social conditioning? Are you being too hard on yourself? What messages from our culture have you internalized about how you should look, behave, act, or feel? This is when you are optimized to discard what doesn’t serve you. Tap into your instinctive, essential feminine energy.
Creating period rituals
This is all much easier to consider and access if you make it a practice for every cycle. Schedule a time (it can be just 10 minutes) to work through these thoughts in writing. I suggest you do this with a period journal. This is a journal you use specifically to ask these questions of yourself, record your responses – both thoughts and feelings – and set intentions for the month ahead. I’m not someone who keeps a journal every day, but even if you do – set out a special notebook (perhaps it’s purple!) for this deep reflection. I also use a visual, physical prompt to center and focus my energies – for me that’s a beautiful, ceramic pomegranate, as well as well-chosen crystals.
Self-reflection will come easier for you during menstruation than at any other time of your cycle. It’s actually a great time to master any practice of going inward – whether that’s meditation, yoga, or journaling. I too have other practices for my menstruation phase – I create a tea ritual and a home spa ritual, which I used to honor my period alongside journaling.
If writing is just not your thing – this is an adaptable practice, it can be molded to fit your favorite method of self-expression. Instead of journaling, this might be creating a vision board, sketching or drawing, mind mapping, or even just talking directly into the voice memo app on your smartphone, stream-of-consciousness style.
Of course, the FLO Living lifestyle isn’t only about the menstruation phase – but you can use this practice and your engagement during your period and take those skills to every other phase of your cycle to manifest the Cycle Syncing lifestyle. You will, over time, cultivate such a wonderful relationship with your body that will be mutually loving and supportive.
Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this – the science of your body is on your side!
To your FLO,
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