Want to increase your productivity during your menstrual cycle? In this article, you’ll find out how!
Never have I ever thought I would be writing a blog post that had to do with the menstrual cycle and being productive, but here we are!
As women, we are taught at a young age that periods are “gross,” and there is almost this shame about it. Like discretely asking your friend if they have an extra tampon or pad on them. When in reality, your menstrual cycle and periods are really pretty awesome!
What makes it awesome? Well, by tracking and working with your period, you can get so much more accomplished in a month than you can even imagine! So without further adieu, let’s break down your menstrual cycle and how you can work with it!
So before we get started, what you need to know is the basic breakdown of the four phases in your menstrual cycle. There is the follicular, ovulation, luteal, and menstrual. Even if you have had a hysterectomy, you can still experience these phases (even if it’s on a smaller scale) each month. Here is a small breakdown of each phase and what you can expect.
Follicular Phase- The follicular phase is “Day 1” of your period and tends to overlap with your menstrual phase and ends when you ovulate! Your brain sends a signal to your pituitary gland to release a hormone that gets the egg ready for ovulation.
Ovulation Phase– During ovulation, the egg travels down the fallopian tube to the uterus. Where the egg basically waits around for sperm to fertilize it! The egg has roughly 24 hours to fertilize before it dissolves.
Luteal Phase (also known as the PMS phase)- If the egg gets fertilized by sperm, the body will produce a hormone called HCG that helps the egg develop into an embryo! If the egg didn’t get fertilized by sperm, the egg dissolves into what’s called a corpus luteum. Your estrogen and progesterone drops, which leads to the onset of your period.
Menstrual Phase– This is when you get your period. The lining of the uterus sheds. During this time, you can experience cramps, bloating, mood swings, irritability, the list goes on and on.
Now that the phases are broken down, here is where the interesting stuff comes in! You ready?!
One of the best parts of being a woman is having a menstrual cycle! I know, you probably rolled your eyes on that part. However, since it is a cycle, we always know what to expect next. So with that said, let’s break it down each phase again and how you can relate it to your productivity!
Follicular Phase- Personally, this is one of my favorite phases, ever! Much like the hormone-releasing and getting the egg pumped to get ready to go down the fallopian tube, this is an amazing time to get pumped and start brainstorming ideas that you might want to bring to fruition!
When you have passed the menstruating phase, you can start to pick up the pace to get ready to do high-paced workouts at the gym!
Ovulation Phase– I know I said the follicular phase was one of my favorites, but this one is my actual favorite. During this phase, you will often find yourself being high vibe and on fire! You will feel like you can knock out and accomplish anything!
I personally like to schedule any time that I need to “show up” on camera during this time because I’m more glowy and extroverted! At the gym, you can really do your high-energy workouts, and feel like a total badass!
Luteal Phase– The luteal phase is well-deserved because this is your chance to slow down. You don’t exactly want to push yourself too hard (whether at the gym or just your personal life), but this is honestly just an awesome time to tie up any loose ends. Also, be gentle with yourself during this time.
Menstrual Phase– 3 words- Rest, reflect, release. For the love of God, please do not push yourself so hard. This is when you need to slow down a little more and reflect on this past month. What went right, what could’ve gone better, what do you want to do next? And the absolute best part of this cycle?
RELEASE! Let that stuff go, babe. Your lining is shedding cause it’s no longer serving your uterus for that month. This is when you really slow down and release any thoughts, limiting beliefs, and really anything that no longer serves you.
So there you have it! That is how you can work with your menstrual cycle to be more productive!
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