My Periods are Painful. Is it Possible to Learn to Love Them?
Updated: May 22
Having heavy periods sucks. I know because I've had them for 30 years. You maybe want to know how to make them stop. You maybe dread the first day of your bleed. Or are longing for menopause when you don't have to deal with them any more. If there was a pill you could take that would guarantee to stop the pain you might be keen to sign up for it.
What if there was another way? A holistic, mind-body connected way? There is!
I still have painful, heavy periods. But I love them. And I feel sad I missed out on so many - I didn't appreciate them. And that I've only got another 100 or so to go. Eek!
Your body is giving you important messages with each bleed. Heavy, painful periods are usually your body's way of telling you you need to slow down, you need to rest more deeply in the fallow phase of your cycle (from pre menstruation to several days after).
Here are some ideas for embracing your bleed:
CHART YOUR CYCLE
You can make this as simple as possible. Take a piece of paper and number 1-30 down the left hand side. Each day, take a moment to check in and write down one word that reflects how you are feeling, an emotion that is alive for you. After 28 days (give or take) you have the beginnings of a road map for understanding your ups and downs and highs and lows and can get more compassionate with yourself.
REST WHEN YOU CAN
Stop when you start bleeding. Have two days where you take on minimal responsibility.
Orgasms can be super helpful for relieving the pain of a heavy bleed. Or a hot bath. Or lying on the sofa eating chocolate and having a foot massage. Or some gentle yoga. Or a delicious hip sashaying dance session.
Tell me what helps you relieve the pain of your periods.