10 Acts Of Self-Care For During Your Period
As I’ve talked about before, the different phases of your menstrual cycle are linked with the different phases of the moon, and of the seasons.
Your period is the dark moon or winter phase of your cycle. Winter is time for hibernation. A time for turning our energy and attention inwards.
This is a time for taking extra care of ourselves - it’s a time to slow down, rest, take it easy, and be gentle with ourselves.
As I write this, I am on the cusp of autumn and winter. And so, here are ten ways I plan on taking extra care of myself over the next few days…
1. Give yourself a break
Energy levels are at their lowest during this time (because your body is busy doing some pretty impressive stuff which uses up a lot of energy), and so we might not be able to accomplish as much as we do at other times of the month. And that’s OK.
2. Take time for yourself
Because our energy is focused inwards, we might not be as sociable as we can sometimes be. Take this opportunity for a hibernation day – read a book, watch a favourite film, have a duvet day.
3. Take a nap
I refer you back to point #1 and the dip in energy. You might find that you need more sleep during this time. Honour that and take a nap if and when you can.
4. Eat chocolate
Do you crave chocolate during your period? Me too! And there’s actually a scientific reason for it.
If you suffer from period pains and cramps, your body will be craving the magnesium in chocolate which will act as a muscle relaxant and ease the pain.
There’s a catch, though… DO NOT choose the biggest and cheapest chocolate bar you can find and then eat it all in one go. INSTEAD opt for good-quality dark chocolate to get the best effects, and consume it in small amounts.
5. Smell the roses
Rose is an amazing ingredient for us women to use during our winter phase, and for a number of reasons…
- the fragrance of rose has a soothing effect on the emotions, particularly depression. It is said to “lift” the heart and ease stress.
- the scent of roses is also said to give a woman positive feelings about herself… and I’m sure we could all use some of that at this time of the month!
- as I think of it, it’s like a warm hug for the soul.
- rose is an excellent tonic for the womb – it can ease PMT and help to regulate the menstrual cycle.
6. Enjoy a warm bath
Not only is this a great way to take some relaxing time for yourself (remember to lock the bathroom door), the warmth of the water will also help to soothe and relax cramping muscles, as well as unhappy minds. Add some rose petals to the water and those effects will be multiplied.
7. Drink herbal tea
- CHAMOMILE – because it’s relaxing for both my body and my emotions – chamomile helps to soothe cramps, and crankiness.
- NETTLE – because it can be helpful for excessive menstrual bleeding – it can reduce the length of your period and the severity of cramps, and make your flow lighter. I often use nettle in a blend with other herbs so that the flavour is more pleasant.
- PEPPERMINT & LICORICE – purely because it’s like a warm hug from the inside-out… and sometimes that’s exactly what I need.
From personal experience, I’ve also found that drinking cold drinks exacerbates any cramps I may be experiencing, and so the warmth of these teas has the opposite effect – soothing and relaxing cramps.
Spend time with notebook and pen, writing down everything you’re thinking and feeling.
As the right and left sides of our brain have the best communication during this phase, this is the time to evaluate – whether a certain aspect of your life, or just life in general, this is when our judgement is at its best. This is also the time to take notice of internal messages from our intuition, to hear the deep truth of your soul, and set a vision for what you want to create and conjure for yourself.
9. Eat healthy food
As I’ve already mentioned, our bodies are doing impressive things during our period, and so it needs all of the support it can get. And, obviously, fresh, healthy foods are an easy way to give that support.
One of my favourites at this time of the month is soup. Firstly because it’s quick and easy to prepare when my energy levels aren’t at their best, and secondly because the warmth of the soup has the same effect as the warmth of the herbal teas that I mentioned in point #7. And, of course, it’s full of healthy veggies, too.
10. Walk in nature
Even better if it’s a warm, sunny day. Fresh air, sunshine, and calm surroundings are an amazing way to take care of yourself.
These are some of my favourite self-care rituals for during the Winter phase of my menstrual cycle. How will you self-care during your period?