There has long been an expectation surrounding our menstrual cycles that, even in the lowest moments, we can continue on as strong as any other person around us. Whatever happened to caring for our bodies and just taking a minute?
Having some good quality rest and relaxation can do a lot of good for us!
Not just as a way to give our bodies a well needed rest, but our minds, too.
Today, we’re going to talk about the benefits of rest, relaxation, and meditation for our menstrual health.
During our menstrual cycles, hormones are constantly fluctuating. I’m not talking about just your period, but the full 28 day round about. You can start off feeling great one week, exhausted the next, tired and in pain the week after that, then you start coming back around to normalcy. On the tired days when you don’t feel like doing much of anything, it’s ok to give in! It’s ok to go against expectations and take care of yourself. When you feel that way, it’s your body’s way of telling you that a little rest is something it needs.
This doesn’t mean drop everything you’re doing for a whole day (unless you can), we still have responsibilities! However, just taking an hour a day for a nap can help give your body the boost it needs to carry on. Also, since sleep in general is so important, make sure you’re drawing more attention to it during PMS and menses to keep your body energized. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, either. Ask your roommate, spouse, or family member to help with any night or morning tasks you normally would do if you are now using that time for resting.
When you relax, you are taking a break to ease tension and anxiousness. This can be turning your phone off for a designated amount of time, taking a long hot bath or shower, or doing anything that puts your mind at ease! Relax in such a way that you can take away some of your stress and get back to a more clarified state of mind. Doing this can improve your menstrual health by helping you have a more “normal” cycle.
Stress can put a lot of undue pressure on the body in ways that negatively affect our hormone levels, digestive system, and ability to withstand pain. Of course, there is stress in our lives everyday. However, by avoiding excess stress or having healthy ways to cope with it is the best route to take for our wellbeing.
A popular phrase in sports is that the game is “90 percent mental and 10 percent physical.” The same applies for everyday life. How we choose to react in our minds to situations is a big influencer on how our bodies will follow. How can meditating, then, help improve our menstrual health?
There are many forms of meditation. Yoga, breathing exercises, or just focusing on a thought, state, or idea. It has been shown to reduce stress levels and help with easing period pain and PMS symptoms. If you aren’t sure where to start, try looking for a mindfulness beginner program to get you on track.
This way, you can care for your body in the way it should be cared for, not by following expectations and pushing yourself over the limit. It’s ok to take breaks, and to ask for help in doing so. That way, we can flow through our hormones with ease each and every month.