Comedian/sexual health educator, Lucy Peach, has worked out the secret to using your period for power. Not like electrical power, or woo-woo power, but the kind you can exercise over your whole life; from relationships, to work, productivity, and everything in between.
Speaking to Mia Freedman on Mamamia‘s No Filter podcast, she shared that secret, breaking it down into practical advice on how to harness the hormonal changes that occur in each week of your cycle and use them to your advantage.
“It’s like a lady version of ‘when you’re happy and you know it clap your hands’. It’s just like another lens to look at yourself through and work out what you need and how to get the best out of yourself,” she explained.
Though she said there are many ways to approach the concept, she uses the analogy of the four seasons. Here’s how it works:
WINTER: The week you start bleeding.
What it means: “All of your hormones are at rock bottom. Your energy levels are a little bit lower. It doesn’t mean you need to spend the week in a onesie, you know, crying over Netflix. It just means you’re a little bit slower a little bit more tender and this is the time to really nurture yourself to really fill up your cup, as it were,” Lucy said.
What you should do: “If you can actually give yourself what you need – even if it’s one hour of true, deep rest – you’re going to get so much more out of yourself for the rest of the month.
“If you get asked to do someone a big favour or start a new project, if you can just put it off for a couple of days, do it. Don’t take on too much especially day one or day two – whatever is your biggest, heaviest day. And also you know everyone we always talk about how we need to meditate and relax, this is the perfect window, because you actually feel more easily able to drop into that sort of dreaminess and that big-picture thinking.”