Three Surprising Benefits to Tracking Your Cycle
Updated: Jun 5
Cycles rule our lives whether we are aware of them or not. Going against these rhythms can create stress and discomfort. For example, we follow the circadian process every day – governing our sleep and wake cycle. Imagine ignoring this and trying to go against this cycle. When we deny the natural cycles we cause depletion and impact severely on our mental wellbeing.
So going against the rhythm is bad for your health. What if the menstrual phase of the cycle was the one time when you were really able to drop, let go and relax? What if your body was calling for this? Following your body can mean you’ll experience less tension and discomfort throughout your whole menstrual cycle.
It’s important to track your cycle because knowing where you are in your monthly rhythm can help you make the right choices and decisions for your life. You can understand what is coming up for you and help prepare for the days ahead. I love to know when I’m going to have a dip in energy, when I’m likely to be less patient, where I’m going to get a creative boost!
Here are three reasons why cycle awareness rocks!
FEELING IN CONTROL
Once you’ve started tracking your cycle you’ll have an idea on any one day whereabouts you are physically and emotionally. You can tell when PMS might be round the corner and ask close friends and family for their support. You’ll know and understand why you suddenly feel like bursting into tears at photos of puppies or when a particular song comes on the radio.
Knowing where you’re at in your cycle can help increase your orgasmic potential! “In weeks two and three, your testosterone and oestrogen levels are on the rise,” says Dr Dawn Harper. “This is the time when women find it easier to achieve intense orgasms.” Use your power!
BEAST IT AT WORK!
For a more indepth look at how to use your cycle to harness your productivity and creativity at work read this post - Bleed Like a Boss!. Know that the outward phase of the cycle from follicular (week after bleed) to ovulation is the time to book meetings, organise presentations, ask for what you want at work. The more inward phase from luteal (the week after ovulation) to menstruation is great for admin tasks and more repetitive work.
So, if you need help to get started, watch this space - I'll be sharing how to set up your super lo-fi, analogue cycle tracking solution in a future blog post.