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The idea that women have long been strong competitors is a myth. Although disappointingly it’s an agenda which we still see pushed in unpleasant narratives. Women are pitted against each other in the motherhood stakes, in our businesses and in this idea of having to achieve, or at least achieve better than our neighbour.
Recently, I read a story. It’s not a new story, it’s not a good story, but sadly it’s still a story we hear day in day out even in this modern, supposedly progressive era. This particular fairy-tale, which I read to my four-year-old daughter before she fell asleep, was full of nonsense. Patronising nonsense, debilitating nonsense under the guise of true love and kingdoms. When you start to read a story about a princess, most four-year-olds will insist you finish it.
Amongst all of our discussions on the various phases, the moon cycle, and unlocking of our Infradian rhythm in the Unlocking Your Cycle blog series, there is something else which I feel is worthy to talk about. And that is, our Inner Critic. We all have one and it can be our uprising or our downfall depending on how we navigate that little inner voice which is, in essence, there to protect us, encourage us, and rally us to live our best life.
Our period can feel like a massive limitation to us and how we live our lives. It’s almost like something is getting in our way every month. We can grow to resent it, which often is the reason we start suppressing it with hormonal birth control, in an effort to 'control' our bleeds and live how we feel we should. But here's the thing.
As we are looking deep into Unlocking Your Cycle with this series of blog posts, it would be remiss of us not to discuss the Moon cycle which is intensely associated with fertility. The moon has long represented the ebbs and flows of our menstrual cycle, keeping us in step with the needs of our bodies. The waxing and waning moon cycle is very much in tune with the average menstrual cycle. What was often considered a myth, is now recognised as a synchronisation of the lunar cycle with our own bodies. But how do we navigate the moon as well as our own bodies?
As we unlock our cycle, we are acknowledging those times when we do something which is energetically out of alignment with the phase we’re in. This way, we gain a deeper understanding of why certain things are taking more out of us than they may do in any other week. And most importantly, we learn how to support ourselves by balancing our energy throughout the weeks in line with what nourishes and recharges us.
We are halfway through this series on Unlocking Your Cycle to live your best life. If you have yet to read the previous blogs already in this series, I suggest you pop back and start from the beginning to get a good foundation and understanding of why we are knee deep in talking about leaning in to our Infradian Rhythm.
Throughout this series, Unlocking Your Cycle, I want you to recognise the vital reason behind delving deep into understanding our ‘infradian rhythm’, which is supporting ourselves. If we support our bodies and minds in each phase of our cycle, leaning into the possibilities it creates, we are allowing ourselves to live our best life. This is what I want to teach you.
Our menstrual cycle is a vital sign, just like our pulse, temperature, respiration rate, and blood pressure. It’s quite an amazing thing really because in many ways, it gives us essential information about our health. We just don’t normally pay any attention to it. Well that is where this is going to change. I am going to take you through some particularly important aspects of your menstrual cycle, also known as your ‘infradian rhythm’ and shine a light on how this rhythm naturally affects us and how we can quite literally go with the flow to live our best lives.
We have been missing out on a big part of our self-care. This is big! So huge in fact that I can almost guarantee it will change your life and rejuvenate the way in which you look after yourself as a woman. We all know we are deeply affected by our menstrual cycle but not many of us lean into it which, if we do, can change the entire outlook of our month and beyond!
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