Menstrual Cycle Phases
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Menstrual Cycle Awareness <3 An amazing tool for life <3
Have you ever noticed that your energy and emotions fluctuate throughout your monthly cycle? You probably have, but have you ever considered just how these fluctuations may benefit you, rather than only focusing on some of the inconveniences? (such as flying off the handle during a meeting or bursting into tears at the most embarrassing moment!?)
How can these fluctuations be of any benefit I hear you cry!! Well, I'll tell you...
Our cycle is an amazing tool, a guide map for life some might even say!!
Each week of our cycle brings different levels of creativity, different emotions, energies and focus. The most amazing thing is that each of these 4 phases are also intrinsically linked to the Luna Phases (our cycle is around 30 days in length, as is the luna cycle!)
In fact, we as women are deeply connected to the Luna energy ebbs and flows (and you thought you just love looking at the moon for no apparent reason!)
Starting with day one of our cycle, our first day of bleeding (or if you don't have a cycle this relates to the dark/new moon) Use the Restore range for this phase. Our period is the ultimate guide to "letting it all go" this is a time to abandon anything in your calendar that isn't a necessity. If you need to work, reduce your to do list, try to book a day off or even half a day. At the very least, schedule an hour of self care in the evening. Just like your body is letting go of what no longer serves you, this is an amazing time to let go of anything that's been worrying you, as well as the perfect time to take some time out, retreat, meditate and "just be."
If you bleed right (aka rested!) you can pretty much guarantee that you'll notice improvements to your energy and emotions throughout the rest of the month. By honouring your bleed and yourself with self care at this time and not powering through with pain killers and caffeine, it can help to prevent you feeling resentful, snappy and tired later in the month (i.e. pre-menstrually!)
This time in your cycle is the perfect time to drift, create art if that's your thing and listen to your Soul, that inner voice within that's so easy to ignore when we're busy..
It's surprising what amazing flashes of intuition, ideas and creativity can come your way during this time. Just remember to jot them down, rather than acting on them all. It's time to rest and journal, not rush around creating and planning your future... that comes soon...
About day 5/6 of your cycle, depending how long your period is, you may notice that your energy rises a little, you feel creative, optimistic and full of ideas. You may feel called to move onto the Awaken range. You feel like planning your future, you feel able to take on anything and could become burnt out. If you aren't aware of these feelings, you can very easily over book yourself for the next month and end up begrudging your earlier eagerness! This pre-ovulation is the time where you might want to sign up for classes, courses and feel more like going out again after the retreat and introspection of menstruation.
Go steady... think of yourself as an emerging bud in spring, gently unfurling, gradually taking on more after the retreat of menstruation. It still isn't the time to "bloom" that comes soon... This is the time to plan, notice ideas that you may be interested in, but leave for a week or so to be sure before committing. Your energy at this time is optimistic, perhaps even a little naive as you enjoy the increase in energy!
Be very careful to ensure rest, whilst this renewed energy is exciting, it comes in short bursts and without regular rest and restraint, you can burn out for the rest of your cycle. This is an amazing time for a relaxing treatment, some nurturing reiki or reflexology perhaps. This is the waxing crescent moon phase, the energy s building towards the full moon of ovulation.
Day 14-18 (ish! The more you notice and chart your cycle and associated physical signs, you may begin to "feel" when you ovulate) Ovulation is time to "bloom" shine bright like the full moon, be social, active, enjoy socialising and interacting with friends and loved ones. Your energy is soaring!! The Radiance range will support you while you shine. You feel amazing, powerful and in your flow. At this time we are naturally more receptive to sex and if trying for a baby, this is around the time you are most likely to conceive. Your body responds, you may feel flirty, sexy and alive!
If you have pushed and forced through pre-ovulation, you may feel frazzled, burnt out, starting to notice signs of being a little irritable and begrudging of social or work commitments. If that's the case, don't worry!! Heed the lesson and make time for self care, Make yourself a priority and learn the lesson ready for next month. That's the beauty of being cyclic! We have another chance next month and the month after that...The ylang ylang and neroli essential oils in the Radiance range are gently grounding and nurturing, just in case you need a little extra support at this time.
Moving on now, the energy is beginning to decrease, the moon waning to a crescent, time to begin to gradually slow down again, ready for menstruation. This occurs around week 3 of your cycle or pre-menstruation.
This is the time where it will really begin to show if you haven't nurtured and listened to your needs during the month and particular your previous bleed.
By day 29 (or so, the day or 2 just before your period) You may "feel the roar!!" This isn't necessarily a bad thing. The Harmony range can help to soothe your skin and any frayed nerves. This time of the month, just before your bleed can really throw a spotlight on anything that isn't a good fit for you any more, or what's irritating you! Does something need to change in your life? If it's your partner, perhaps you don't need a new partner!! But perhaps you DO need to look at ensuring you have enough time for your hobbies and self care. Are you being careful with your boundaries or allowing people to over-step or take too much? If you're being self-critical, perhaps use what comes up to focus on your personal development.
Then it's time again to release, to throw yourself into the Divine abandonment of your period! Time to dream, float and go inward.
I promise you that by being aware of these stages, you are much more likely to enjoy your cyclic nature. Yes, even your period!! You may find that by nourishing yourself better physically, emotionally and energetically, that difficulties around your period do begin to ease. The more I read, the more I believe that as woman we store emotions, unconscious attachments to previous sexual partners (particularly if this was a negative relationship) and energy blockages in our womb. If you feel that you might like to start releasing these energetic blocks, do get in touch. I have some beautiful therapies including Bach Flower Remedies and Womb healing that may support you through the process at my treatment room in Staffordshire.
Finally, here's my thoughts around how to plan your month for joy and harmony.
Menstruation - Release, feel, dream, meditate, have as much self care and time to yourself as you can possibly manage. If the only way to do this is to get out of the house, book a relaxing treatment at Luna Rose Therapies, get a baby sitter, whatever you need and can do to support yourself. DO IT. Please don't feel guilty, you deserve this and more.
Do not: Book anything with people that you find draining, arrange an important meeting, try to be your most supportive to others, this is YOUR time (even if only for an hour!)
Pre-ovulation - make notes, make plans but be mindful not to take on to much or use up too much energy just yet. Pace yourself! This time may be ok for less enjoyable meetings or difficult situations but if you can, save them until ovulation when you'll feel your best!
Ovulation, enjoy feeling energetic, sexy, chatty, supportive, confident, friendly, book difficult meetings at this time when you feel your best, arrange to complete projects at this time. Be "out there" shine bright, a great time for publicity if you own a business.
Pre-menstruation, begin to slow down again, pay attention to any critical thoughts, notice what may need to change in your life. Release the roar, have a bit of a strop or go for a run in the rain, let it all out. Feel and release any emotions that come up. You will be at your most honest at this time, this can be good or not so good, depending who you are with!! You may struggle to hold your tongue! Difficult meetings are probably best postponed.
Lastly, do not apologise for what you feel throughout the month or for your emotions. It can be helpful to explain to your friends and loved ones your new understanding of your cycle and set out what your needs are. This can just make things easier for everyone and prevent you from begrudging people or feeling guilty.
This knowledge has changed my life, I can plan my life based on my emotional and energetic needs each week of my cycle, which has been a revelation! When you realise that your cycle is an empowering force that connects you to nature and the lunar phases, you cannot help but feel more grounded, in control and able to stand in your unique power!
My Luna Rose Botanicals Skin, Body & Bath Rituals range has been inspired by these amazing energetic ebbs and flows and they are beautiful rituals to help you to connect to your cycle. If you don't have a cycle, the luna phases help you to live cynically and experience the benefits of these fluctuating energies.
Use Awaken pre-ovulation to uplift, inspire, refresh and awaken your energies.
Use Radiance during ovulation, the sensual fragrance of ylang ylang, neroli and orange help to uplift, ground, calm and support you whilst you're at your most radiant!
Harmony supports you during pre-menstrual, with organic lavender to calm and soothe, cedar wood to balance and yarrow tincture to soothe and provide astringent properties to prevent any pre-period break outs.
Finally Restore for the week of your period, calming geranium, rose de mai, patchouli and lavender to help you to rest, retreat and restore.