Realizing and understanding how your mind and body function at different parts of your menstrual cycle can give you the insight you need to tap into your natural (superhero) strength.
I cannot believe it took me so long to realize how my monthly cycle affects my body (literally until I was almost 40!). And that I can tailor my approach to food, fitness, rest, work, and self-care to create a plan that maximizes how I’m naturally wired. Studying the role and effects of hormones on our skin, mood, energy, mind and body is fascinating. I had no idea how much I’d been missing out on.
If you are new to this, you’re not alone. In fact, Microsoft Word doesn’t even recognize the words ‘Infradian rhythm’ a term which is commonly associated with cycle synching. To learn more, I would HIGHLY recommend this summary. It’s just the right amount of science, information, and actionable recommendations; and might just change your life, (seriously!).
Once I paid attention to how I felt throughout the month, I was able to make sense of why there are times I ‘kill it’ at the gym, why my skin is extra oily a couple days, why one night I need 12 hours of sleep, and why I’m ultra-productive some days. I now tailor my workouts (HITT/weights/yoga/running/walking), pre-schedule my work calendar, anticipate times of rest, and adapt my skin care routine (clay masking, scheduling facials, etc.) according to my cycle. Being aware of my hormones has also given me permission to be gracious toward myself as I listen to what I need… whether it’s pushing myself at the gym, working longer hours, getting extra rest, or spending time curled up in a blanket on the couch.
I encourage women to work smarter (and not harder!) by tuning into our bodies and taking full advantage of our strengths! I have found it incredibly rewarding, motivating and effective.