Imagine that your monthly cycle was just as predictable as the seasons, your hormonal ups and downs as smoothly as spring turns into summer, before you slide into and into the fall.
Well, believe it or not, it can be. Instead of being assessed as a & # 39; handicap & # 39 ;, your monthly fluctuations can be used to boost your sex life, career, health, and relationships.
You just need the four & # 39; seasons & # 39; of your cycle, each of which lasts about a week a month.
First, there is & # 39; winter & # 39 ;, when you lower your menstrual and hormone levels, so you are usually withdrawn. Then, in & # 39; spring & # 39 ;, you are playful and light, while estrogen flows back.
Maisie Hill revealed how hormone understanding can be used to boost your sex life, career, health, and relationships (file image)
The following is & # 39; summer & # 39 ;, when estrogen and testosterone rise as your body prepares for ovulation, making you feel sexy. Finally, in the fall, progesterone falls before your period and brings emotional storms.
But instead of being at the mercy of your hormones, you can learn to predict when your four & # 39; seasons & # 39; will arrive and use that to achieve success at work, closer relationships with friends – and, yes, a better love life.
I have helped hundreds of people in this way for over a decade as a health care practitioner for women. So, to start making your hormones work for you, follow your patterns for a few months.
Start with the first day of your period, write one word each day that includes your feelings – such as & # 39; restless & # 39 ;, & # 39; tired & # 39; or & # 39; sexy & # 39 ;. This will reveal trends.
Everyone is different, so you may find that you & # 39; spring & # 39; is less than a week or that you & # 39; fall & # 39; lasts longer. Or maybe your general cycle does not last 28 days, but more like 34 or 35. Tracking your cycle will help your & # 39; normal & # 39; to decide. (This only works for those who do not use hormonal contraception, such as the pill, coil, or implant.)
You will soon be able to predict which symptoms and moods are coming – and life will begin to live fully.
Winter: hibernate and concentrate on yourself
Maisie recommends taking the time to focus on yourself by withdrawing from the world in the winter, while the levels of progesterone and estrogen are lowest
The first day of winter is the first day of your period – and the start of your hormonal cycle.
In the winter, your hormones – progesterone and estrogen – fall to the lowest level. It is a time to hibernate and withdraw from the world, to focus on yourself and take things slower.
As all pre-menstrual & # 39; autumn & # 39; symptoms disappear, some women end up in a dream-like state where they feel a bit like & # 39; from & # 39; Others feel a sense of bliss as their body releases the natural analgesic hormones oxytocin and endorphins.
TO DO. . .
- Stock. This can be a difficult time, so do what you have to do to get a good & # 39; winter & # 39; whether it is comforting sweets or & # 39; me-time & # 39; put aside.
- Rate the previous month. Read through your cycle-tracking diary and notice where you had peaks and troughs in your energy, mood, and desire.
- Release pent-up feelings. Try writing for free, a technique where you continuously write for a certain time, without having to worry about spelling, grammar or subject. If you have no more things to say, just write: & # 39; I don't know what to write & # 39 ;, until something pops up. It is a great way to remove accumulated mental chatter from your brain.
- Let inner thoughts come to the fore. Your intuition is at its peak during the winter. Maybe you get a new sense of direction or you realize that you are frustrated because you want to try something new.
The caregiver advises to refrain from anything that is unnecessary, she says in the winter it is good to stop socializing for a moment (file image)
DO NOT. . .
- Commit for everything that is not necessary. Can you skip that work meeting?
- Participate in energetic activities. We have been taught to believe that we are super women, but most find this a natural time to rest. Change your exercise to something much softer: walking instead of running; recovering yoga instead of a fast class.
- Feel that you have to socialize or show physical affection. It is fine to take a break, including explaining a partner if you do not want hugs or hugs at this point in your cycle. Let them know how they can show affection in other ways, for example by giving you a hot drink.
Autumn: more assertive, but spicy
Maisie believes it is essential to determine the day when the fall comes, she says that you will know you are there by feeling introverted, excited or sad
For some, the & # 39; summery & # 39; Buzz last up to a week after ovulation. Others can be in & # 39; fall & # 39; be dumped.
You will know that you are there when you are introverted, agitated, sad or tired. Estrogen and progesterone levels collapse and have a huge impact on your feelings.
Identifying the day the & # 39; fall & # 39; is vital, because you can use it to plan and prevent it from happening.
By mapping your cycle, you can predict when you will feel the wiggle: lack of energy, sensitivity and a disappearing libido. Then there are sore breasts, bloating, night sweats, headache and back pain, most of which are caused by falling hormone levels and an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. You can also be spicy.
TO DO. . .
- Treat yourself. You are now more assertive because estrogen – the hormone that makes you compliant and social – has collapsed. Maybe you want to watch a movie that nobody else does or have a long lie. Don't feel guilty for this.
- Focus on the admin and make loose ends. You will probably feel an urge to complete things, due to fluctuating levels of progesterone – nature's way to get ready for your next period.
- Exercise if you can. Regular aerobic activity helps to reduce menstrual pain.
Maise says it's important not to lose sight of romance in the fall, try to remember why you love your partner (file image)
DO NOT. . .
- Hide your anger. We feel it for a reason. How many major problems are caused by swallowing feelings? Realize that your feelings are real and that your hormones help you to express them.
- Fight dirty. Yes, you have to express your feelings – but passive aggression will get you nowhere. Be clear and be direct. Tell your partner that you are tired of all the housework, or ask your boss why you were not promoted.
- Losing romance. In & # 39; spring & # 39; and & # 39; summer & # 39; does your body want you to see the mistakes of your partner pass by? This is because your hormones are trying to get you to have sex and get pregnant. Now, without those feel-good hormones, you might find yourself focused on the annoying habits of your other half. Try to remember why you love them – even when they talk full!
Spring: your buzz with ideas and your skin glows
Maisie revealed that the increase in estrogen in the spring can make most women feel they have energy
& # 39; Spring & # 39; is a time for a new beginning, when your body pumps estrogen to prepare for ovulation (your & # 39; summer & # 39;). The rise in this hormone causes most women to feel energetic.
But how do you know when you & # 39; winter & # 39; is finished?
There is a mild revival of estrogen production from the third day of your cycle, so pay attention to the following days: estrogen takes over and you will feel light, playful and motivated.
Your skin will become clear and your facial features will appear more symmetrical, according to many studies into the effects of estrogen production.
You would notice that you are full of ideas. As the estrogen increases, your mental agility improves. In the middle of spring you will also have an increase in testosterone, making you ready for new challenges.
The caregiver suggests experimenting with a new haircut or clothing style in the spring (file image)
TO DO. . .
- Socialize. You are in the mood to make new friendships and improve your ties with old ones.
- Experiment. Desire to cut your hair short or try a different style of clothing? Do it now when you are most open to ideas and accept change.
- Form good habits, such as regular exercise. In & # 39; fall & # 39; and & # 39; winter & # 39 ;, hormonal shifts make healthy habits more difficult to maintain, so now also at the root and you are more likely to maintain them.
DO NOT. . .
- Be too busy. Estrogen can give you the feeling that you have tied a jetpack to your back, but don't try to take on too much. If you find yourself exhausted in the spring, ask yourself if you get enough rest during your & # 39; winter & # 39 ;, when replenishing your energy supplies for this busy period.
- Get distracted. The purpose of estrogen is to get you moving so that you can find a potential partner. But it also has the side effect of the feeling that you are too concerned. Strive to stay focused on budding plans or ideas – otherwise you miss the productivity that is in your & # 39; summer & # 39; arrive.
Summer: Sexual desire is at its peak
Maisie revealed that estrogen levels worry in the summer, she advises to seize the opportunity to pursue pleasure and get ahead at work
You are at your sexy best as & # 39; summer & # 39; moves towards ovulation. Estrogen levels peak, releasing the highest levels of luteinizing hormone, which stimulates ovulation, and testosterone, which feeds the craving.
There are three segments for & # 39; summer & # 39 ;. The first is dominated by the ovulation and the hormonal rush that this entails.
Afterwards the levels of estrogen, luteinizing hormone and testosterone decrease, while progesterone – the nest hormone that is essential for supporting pregnancy – has yet to rise and therefore the mood and libido of some women decrease.
But then progesterone and estrogen slowly rise again and you feel the serene effect. Your appetite will increase, as will blood sugar level instability, mood swings, and & # 39; pendant & # 39 ;. Eating proteins and healthy fats can help.
TO DO. . .
- Fun, in and out of the bedroom! This is an ideal time for the first dates or to breathe new life into a relationship. Orgasms are more likely around ovulation.
- Go ahead. Use the skewer confidently before ovulation for job opportunities. The verbal skills are highest at the beginning of the summer, making it a good time to be interviewed or to request a promotion or raise.
DO NOT. . .
- Say & # 39; yes & # 39; against everything. Do you charge your diary until mid-autumn? That is not going well.
- Skimp on sleep. As the progesterone rises towards the end of the summer, the mess becomes easier. Stand up for a recovering shut-eye.
Adapted by Maureen Brookbanks from Period Power: Harness Your Hormones and Get Your Cycle Work for You by Maisie Hill, published by Green Tree for £ 12.99. © Maisie Hill 2019. To order a copy for £ 10.39 (offer valid until 16 June 2019; p & p is free for orders over £ 15), call 0844 571 0640.
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