Menstruation, Do you Love it Or Hate It?

Updated: Sep 30, 2019


What is your relationship to your period? Do you dread it? Do you love it? Does it make you feel empowered and connected to your body? Or do you feel disconnected, dirty, in-pain and wish it would just fuck off?!
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MENSTRUATION

Periods. Blood. Bleeding. Menstruation. Moon Time. Bleed Time. Rag Time. Lady Time. Whatever you call it, it is something that happens to almost all of us women, every month, whether we like it or not. Maybe we don’t have time to bleed, maybe it feels inconvenient, irritating or a nuisance. We have been led to believe that we should cover up our period and be discreet about it, not talk about it or share what we are going through, but to keep quiet and just get on with it - no matter what pain, discomfort, emotions, symptoms we are experiencing. Which is why it is totally understandable if you feel totally disconnected to this part of your monthly cycle and wish that it would go away.


WELL… I am here to tell you that actually, it doesn’t have to be that way at all. There is so much magic, wisdom, nourishment and healing to be had during our menstruation, a deep shedding and letting go of the previous month and a drawing in for the month ahead. What if I was to tell you that by paying attention to your cycle and tuning in to it, you could actually begin to ease the menstrual symptoms of PMT, pain, cramping, irregular bleeds, exhaustion, heavy bleeding? What if I was to tell you that by re-connecting with your body and your natural feminine rhythm, you could actually change your life and in turn help you to LOVE this part of your cycle?! I am guessing that many of you think I’m mad, just a crazy hippy who loves to talk about moons, menstruation, wombs and mother earth (Well… you would be right, ha ha!) But actually there is so much more to a healthy menstrual cycle than just the spiritual aspects to your bleed. There is the physical, emotional and mental aspects that are just as important, and I hope that through this blog post I will be able to outline some tools and tips to help you re-balance your menstrual cycle, re-balance your hormones, connect you to your inner wisdom and magic, re-connect to your femininity, ease some of your menstrual symptoms and hopefully begin to actually enjoy your moon time, rather than despise it.



YOUR INNER WINTER

Your bleed time is sacred. Your bleed time is potent and powerful. This is like your Inner Winter, your time to retreat inside, light some candles and snuggle up under a big blanket. This is your time to switch off, take yourself away and rest. Just like the season of Winter, your period is a time of reflection, recuperation, nourishment and letting go. We are blessed as women that we are cyclical like the seasons. We have a time of planting seeds in our Inner Spring (pre-ovulation), abundance and fruition in our Inner Summer (ovulation), reflection and expression in our Inner Autumn (pre-menstruation) and letting go and renewal in our Inner Winter (menstruation). During menstruation we have the chance to reflect on all the things that have happened throughout the previous month and identify what we need to let go of with our bleed, so that we can move forward into our new cycle feeling fresh and reborn. It can be really hard in today’s society to take time out of daily life of work or looking after the kids, to rest in this phase and to really tune in and let go. Quite often we don’t have time, or wish that our bleed would just hurry up and go away so that we can continue with our hectic lifestyles. But by doing this, we are missing out on some incredibly powerful medicine for ourselves as women, and may also be helping to contribute to many of the menstrual issues and symptoms that we experience each month. By ignoring and disregarding our awe-inspiring bodies at this time of our cycle, we are causing more damage than good. It is a time to slow down, to switch off and to hand over to someone else for a while!


I know I can fully notice when I haven’t tuned in and slowed down for my bleed. I end up utterly exhausted coming into my Inner Spring, with mental energy to want to create and manifest, but absolutely NO physical or emotional energy to carry these things through. Its because I haven’t let my body rest, my emotions flow and my bleed be seen, respected and honoured. But when I slow down during my Inner Autumn and take the first 2 days of my bleed to do NOTHING other than nourish myself with food, journal, spend time in nature, plan, let go of old worn out things and eat dark chocolate…. I come out the other end feeling refreshed and ready to take on a brand new cycle and a brand new journey for myself.



MENSTRUAL HEALTH ISSUES

So… how many of you have been told that those excruciating cramps you feel each month are ‘normal’?? Or that the heavy bleeding, long cycles or PMT are absolutely fine if they are normal for you? Well, let me let you in to a little secret. Cramping, discomfort, pain, mood swings and heavy bleeding are not normal they are all signs that something is out of balance within your body and it needs re-balancing. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that there is an issue. It isn’t something that we just need to live with, ignore or cover up with strong pain medication. No. It is a sign that we are out of sync, that our womb needs some attention and connection, and maybe some help with her monthly cleanse.


Here are a few common menstrual health complaints that many women suffer with on a monthly basis. I have done my best to explain what they are and why the occur, information that isn’t always massively accessible or clear for us women.


Cramping - often occurs when the womb is unable to cleanse herself properly during your monthly bleed due to built up old residue (old blood). If the womb is congested and can’t cleanse properly, she will cramp to try and push the old residue out, resulting in lots of pain, aching, dragging feelings and discomfort.


PMT - often during the pre-menstrual phase includes mood swings, anger, rage, feelings of depression or anxiety, contradictory feelings, restlessness, sadness, heightened emotions. Often caused by an imbalance in hormones or not giving yourself enough time to rest, slow down and go inward during your pre-menstrual phase.


Heavy Bleeding - This can occur if you have any of the reprod