Mindful Cycle Practice

Paula Byrne
Written by Paula Byrne

Feel hijacked by your period?
PMS overwhelming you?
Dread that time of the month?
Feeling frazzled?

If this sounds like you, you are not alone! I was like that too but adopting a mindful cycle approach to my menstrual cycle has changed my life! I don’t say that lightly, as a woman with endometriosis I was completely disconnected from my cycle. When I decided to train as a menstrual cycle coach, my motivation was learning about myself. What I learned had such a positive effect on my wellbeing that I just had to share it and The Mindful Cycle was born. I now offer menstrual education and training services, workshops, talks and 1:1 coaching.

We live in a culture that demands productivity and constant output, the same day in and day out. However, for people with cycles this isn’t sustainable as we aren’t linear, you aren’t the same every day, you ebb and flow with your invisible, inner rhythm! Living against this unique inner rhythm can lead to stress, burnout, add to PMS and other cycle related symptoms.

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What if you could tune back into yourself, live in sync with your menstrual cycle?

The Mindful Cycle approach can help you to do this.

This holistic and mindful approach to periods and menstrual wellness encourages you to accept the cycle and the period that you have, become more aware of your patterns throughout the month and implement self-compassion and self-care for each phase of your cycle. It is mindfulness embodied. If you make small changes to support yourself through each phase of your menstrual cycle, you will reap the benefits.

Here is my quick Mindful Cycle guide to the four phases:

(I always encourage cycle tracking so you can spot your unique patterns. Cycle tracking is so much more than just noting physical symptoms).

Phase 1: Menstrual phase

Pause – You need more rest here – Take some time to do nothing as you bleed, if that means just for 5 minutes or if you can take an entire day, whatever works for you. Give yourself permission to do only the essentials if you can. Be cosy and comfy.

Phase 2: Follicular phase

Pick up and Begin again! Use your rising energy to be active and get going but go gently, there is no rush to do it all. Be curious, creative and try not to overwhelm yourself, you don’t have to play catch up.

Phase 3: Ovulatory phase

Party! This is when you might feel energetic and confident. Plan and party, be social, enjoy taking care of others needs. Celebrate yourself. Take caution on the planning though – remember this is only one phase, pace yourself!

Phase 4: Premenstrual phase

Prepare. Practice More Self-care. Ease off the gas, you’re getting ready to bleed. Eat more food, rest a little more. This is not a time for pushing but you might feel the urge to organise, complete and get ready! Give yourself some space if you can.

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By embracing the mindful cycle approach you will have a powerful tool for reclaiming control over your life throughout the month. By understanding the unique phases of your menstrual cycle and tuning into your body’s signals, you not only gain insight into your physical and emotional well-being but also empower yourself to make informed choices about self-care, nutrition, and lifestyle adjustments. With this newfound knowledge, you can transform PMS from a burdensome monthly ordeal into an opportunity for greater self-awareness, self-compassion, and overall well-being. So, start today, and embark on a journey of self-discovery that can lead to a more balanced and harmonious life. Your body will thank you for it, and you’ll find yourself better equipped to face each month’s challenges with understanding and appreciation for your inner rhythm

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