Stress: what it is & how it might be affecting your menstrual cycle

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Many women feel way too stressed these days. But not many know how this might be affecting their menstruation, and what they can do to deal with their stress and improve their menstrual health. Today I will speak about what stress is, how it affects our menstruation and how we can deal with it.

Stress is the biological response to being in a life or death situation. We use stress as a way to survive to something that our system interprets as dangerous. And, although nowadays most human beings almost never experience life or death situations, when we are under stressors our system interprets that we are fighting to survive.

Stress during a short period of time can be really helpful as it enables us to have a fast reaction in situations where it is needed. The problem comes when we are exposed to it over a long period of time and we suppress it. Our system begins to be overloaded and we develop what is called chronic stress.

When you experience it, you feel in a constant state of alertness, unable to relax. You might experience that there is way too much noise inside your head and you cannot properly listen.

Despite how little we have learned about how the menstrual cycle works, we know even less about what can help us to have a healthy one.

Stress has a huge impact on our period health and that is why I want to share with you three keys to dealing with your stress and improving your period health.

REST WHEN YOU BLEED

Our menstrual cycle has been called our 5th vital sign, meaning that it can tell us very important information about the functioning of our overall health.

In our bleeding time or menstruation phase, our hormones are at their lowest levels. It’s a time for properly resting and restoring our bodies. If we don’t give ourselves this needed time we will be exhausted the entire month. It can be also the cause of PMS or period pain.

I want to invite you to take as much resting time as possible during the two first days of your bleeding time. Avoid to take any extra meetings or dates with your friends, and instead give yourself time to be with yourself and sleep more.

SET UP YOURSELF A MORNING ROUTINE

How we start the day affects directly how we feel throughout the rest of the day. When you, for example, begin the day by checking your emails or your Instagram you are stressing yourself first thing of the day. Not the best idea.

Set up a morning routine for yourself that helps you be aware when you are stressed and find the practices to deal with it. Meditation, breathing and moving my body are my favorite practices but each of us is different. Therefore, I would like to encourage you to experiment by yourself with what might help you.

ACKNOWLEDGE THE SOURCE OF YOUR STRESS

I am a big believer in the power of acknowledging what is happening inside of us as the first step to beginning to heal it.

We tend to think that work is the only source of stress but there are usually many layers below what might seem to be the reason for our stress. Among others, it can be worry, anxiety, frustration, rage, self-criticism or fear.

Give yourself space to find it out and begin to work through it.

How can you begin?

If you would like to get personal guidance you can book my 1:1 online coaching sessions here.

Subscribe to my monthly newsletter here , and receive a free meditation to help YOU begin this journey.

Lots of love,

Marina.

Stress: what it is & how it might be affecting your menstrual cycle

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Many women feel way too stressed these days. But not many know how this might be affecting their menstruation, and what they can do to deal with their stress and improve their menstrual health. Today I will speak about what stress is, how it affects our menstruation and how we can deal with it.

Stress is the biological response to being in a life or death situation. We use stress as a way to survive to something that our system interprets as dangerous. And, although nowadays most human beings almost never experience life or death situations, when we are under stressors our system interprets that we are fighting to survive.

Stress during a short period of time can be really helpful as it enables us to have a fast reaction in situations where it is needed. The problem comes when we are exposed to it over a long period of time and we suppress it. Our system begins to be overloaded and we develop what is called chronic stress.

When you experience it, you feel in a constant state of alertness, unable to relax. You might experience that there is way too much noise inside your head and you cannot properly listen.

Despite how little we have learned about how the menstrual cycle works, we know even less about what can help us to have a healthy one.

Stress has a huge impact on our period health and that is why I want to share with you three keys to dealing with your stress and improving your period health.

REST WHEN YOU BLEED

Our menstrual cycle has been called our 5th vital sign, meaning that it can tell us very important information about the functioning of our overall health.

In our bleeding time or menstruation phase, our hormones are at their lowest levels. It’s a time for properly resting and restoring our bodies. If we don’t give ourselves this needed time we will be exhausted the entire month. It can be also the cause of PMS or period pain.

I want to invite you to take as much resting time as possible during the two first days of your bleeding time. Avoid to take any extra meetings or dates with your friends, and instead give yourself time to be with yourself and sleep more.

SET UP YOURSELF A MORNING ROUTINE

How we start the day affects directly how we feel throughout the rest of the day. When you, for example, begin the day by checking your emails or your Instagram you are stressing yourself first thing of the day. Not the best idea.

Set up a morning routine for yourself that helps you be aware when you are stressed and find the practices to deal with it. Meditation, breathing and moving my body are my favorite practices but each of us is different. Therefore, I would like to encourage you to experiment by yourself with what might help you.

ACKNOWLEDGE THE SOURCE OF YOUR STRESS

I am a big believer in the power of acknowledging what is happening inside of us as the first step to beginning to heal it.

We tend to think that work is the only source of stress but there are usually many layers below what might seem to be the reason for our stress. Among others, it can be worry, anxiety, frustration, rage, self-criticism or fear.

Give yourself space to find it out and begin to work through it.

How can you begin?

If you would like to get personal guidance you can book my 1:1 online coaching sessions here.

Subscribe to my monthly newsletter here , and receive a free meditation to help YOU begin this journey.

Lots of love,

Marina.

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