In today's world where women are out there in the world in every sphere possible, I see many women burnt out. The main reason is that we live in a patriarchal society and the entire society works accordingly to the circadian rhythm while women have one more cycle…the period cycle, the INFRADIAN RHYTHM. Women have to contend with circadian, infradian, and ultradian rhythms. One of the main reasons women are burnt out is the non-recognition of feminine biology where your monthly INFRADIAN RHYTHM is being ignored. Corporate and patriarchal culture does not recognize and acknowledge this monthly INFRADIAN RHYTHM (Menstrual rhythm) of women which is as important as circadian rhythm if not more. Lack of organizational understanding, not granting period leaves, etc. are just an example.
I am a Gynaecologist Obstetrician ( MD, DNB OBGYN) with an emphasis on INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE.
While women have progressed out of the kitchen and household, men haven't progressed into the household, creating unrealistic pressures on women and now women have to contend with dealing with both work and household. They are unable to rest, even if they wish to. But all change starts with YOU. And the first step in this direction could be that YOU honour your cyclical nature and permit YOURSELF to rest during your periods. Slowing down during your menstrual cycle can do you a huge favour in terms of your long-term health, vitality, beauty, and fertility. The first step is awareness and mind-set where we as women embrace our cyclic nature and understand the importance of period rest. Our culture already knew this and hence the code of conduct during periods included Menstrual rest.
So in the past decades, women have made very, very bold moves toward equal representation in the workplace, leadership, and rightfully so. We are more than capable and deserving of holding power and earning in all the same ways that men are. Now the problem that I see in my practice is every other woman I see is burnt out and exhausted. The reason could be it's just my presumption that an average person who is in a female body is actually trying to hold too much physically, and emotionally is getting overwhelmed, and is on the brink of burnout. One of the main reasons it's happening is because unfortunately we have been taught to ignore our feminine biology.
Somewhere along the way we have forgotten our unique natural rhythm or maybe as a means to get equal respect, we have been asked to conform to the patriarchal model of society, and over time it became the expectation that we could do high-powered jobs while also managing so many other areas of life including the household, kids, etc etc. On top of that, we are supposed to look good and feel good and maintain a perfect physical appearance also. Women are expected to do all of this perfectly every day, day in and day out, consistently, all the time. Despite our cyclical nature, women's body is deeply connected to nature and connected to the moon and goes through monthly and seasonal rhythm beyond just a daily one, meaning that we have different phases of the menstrual cycle in which our hormones are completely different. When we are in some phases, we are primed to perform our best and there are some phases in which we must take rest.
If we compare male and female biology, men have over 15 times more testosterone than women at any age. While male bodies are attuned to the circadian rhythm, which is the solar cycle of each day, female bodies have an additional attunement and that is the infradian rhythm, which is the lunar cycle of each month. And this important monthly rhythm is as powerful and as important as the daily circadian rhythm. Just like we must take a rest at some point during a 24-hour sun cycle, the lunar cycle also demands a quiet and calm period during the new moon. Our bodies also call for rest and reflection for a few days each month, and for women, that time is during our monthly menstruation and this is our natural moment to regenerate and revive our energy. Cultures throughout history have honoured this time with their traditions, like Red Tent, in which women lived in a separate lodge while menstruating to connect to their feminine wisdom, spirit, and creativity.
The truth is that we are not designed to do the same kind of things every day in full power mode, and we are not designed to engage in stressful exercises each day of the month. Trying to do so is causing us great harm, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally. It's high time that we honor our femininity and we tune back into our cyclical nature and remember how to source our power from rest. We must take time to rest regularly, especially when our body needs it the most because suppressing our cyclical nature has its natural consequences, including stress, and burnout, which are so rampant these days as seen in my practice. Yet surprisingly, the diet and fitness industry promotes women to exercise a lot and in the same way every day. And you know, I have seen some women running marathons during their periods and using a tampon, only to end up with gynaecological issues and stress burnout later in life. This is a big topic of discussion and the popular fitness trends which work for men do not work for women.
Doing intense physical activity during your periods is a sure short recipe for burnout. I know it may not be possible to take a leave if you are a working woman, but intentionally cutting down even 20% of your work, Or even trying to do things more slowly and taking it easy can initiate the change and Kickstart that healing our body needs. This itself can create a better relationship with your feminine being. So honor yourself and try to take some rest in menstruation as much as possible for you.
At Truhealing, I believe in providing valuable information and insights to help individuals lead healthy lives. In this article, we delve into the significance of rest during menstruation and why it is crucial for women's overall well-being. By understanding the benefits of rest and incorporating it into your routine, you can optimize your health and enhance your quality of life during this natural and transformative phase.
Menstruation is a normal biological process that occurs in women of reproductive age. It involves the shedding of the uterine lining and the release of an egg, marking the beginning of a menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle typically lasts for about 28 days and is regulated by hormonal fluctuations.
During menstruation, the body undergoes several changes, both physical and emotional. It is important to acknowledge these changes and provide the necessary support to ensure a comfortable and healthy experience.
Menstruation can bring about various physical and emotional challenges that may impact a woman's well-being. It is crucial to address these challenges and find ways to alleviate discomfort during this time.
One of the common challenges faced during menstruation is menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea. These cramps can range from mild to severe and may interfere with daily activities. Fatigue and tiredness are also commonly experienced during menstruation due to hormonal changes.
In addition to physical symptoms, emotional changes such as mood swings, irritability, and anxiety can occur during menstruation. These emotional challenges can affect a woman's overall mood and well-being.
Resting during menstruation is not only a luxury but a necessity for women's overall well-being. By allowing yourself to rest and prioritize self-care during this time, you can experience numerous benefits that contribute to a smoother and more comfortable menstrual cycle. Let's explore some of the key benefits of incorporating rest into your routine:
Reduced Stress and Fatigue
Menstruation can often bring about increased stress levels and fatigue due to hormonal fluctuations and physical discomfort. By taking the time to rest, you give your body the opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate. This can help alleviate stress and reduce feelings of exhaustion, allowing you to navigate through your menstrual cycle with more ease and energy.
Relieved Menstrual Pain
Resting during menstruation can provide significant relief from menstrual pain, particularly menstrual cramps. When you rest, you allow your muscles to relax and ease tension, which can help alleviate the discomfort associated with cramps. By finding a comfortable position and giving yourself permission to rest, you can minimize the impact of menstrual pain on your daily activities.
Improved Sleep Quality
Many women experience disrupted sleep during menstruation, which can further contribute to fatigue and irritability. By incorporating rest into your routine, you can improve your sleep quality. Create a calm and soothing environment conducive to sleep, practice relaxation techniques, and establish a consistent sleep schedule. Quality sleep promotes hormonal balance and overall well-being, helping you feel more refreshed and rejuvenated during your menstrual cycle.
Rest plays a crucial role in maintaining hormonal balance throughout the menstrual cycle. By getting sufficient rest and quality sleep, you support the proper regulation of hormone production. This can have a positive impact on mood stability, energy levels, and overall emotional well-being during menstruation. Prioritizing rest helps create a harmonious environment within your body, allowing you to navigate hormonal fluctuations with greater ease.
Enhanced Emotional Well-being
Menstruation can sometimes bring about emotional challenges, such as mood swings, irritability, and heightened emotions. Resting during this time provides an opportunity for emotional replenishment and self-care. Taking the time to rest and engage in activities that promote relaxation and self-soothing can help stabilize emotions and enhance overall emotional well-being. Use this time to practice mindfulness, engage in activities that bring you joy, and prioritize self-compassion.
By giving yourself permission to rest during menstruation, you actually enhance your productivity and focus in the long run. When you allow your body and mind to recharge, you're better equipped to tackle daily tasks and responsibilities. Rest provides an opportunity for your brain to process information, consolidate memories, and rejuvenate. Embracing rest during menstruation can help you maintain optimal cognitive function and perform at your best.
Incorporating rest into your menstrual routine is an act of self-care and self-compassion. It sends a powerful message to yourself that you value your well-being and prioritize your needs. By honoring your body's need for rest, you set a positive example of self-care, which can positively impact other areas of your life as well.
Resting during menstruation is a crucial aspect of self-care that can greatly contribute to your overall well-being. By incorporating specific strategies into your routine, you can optimize the benefits of rest and enhance your comfort during this time. Here are some helpful tips to make the most of your resting period during menstruation:
Designate a calm and comfortable space where you can rest without distractions. This could be your bedroom, a cozy corner of your home, or any place that brings you a sense of tranquility. Consider the following elements to enhance relaxation:
Deep breathing exercises can help reduce stress and induce relaxation. Incorporate deep breathing into your resting routine by following these steps:
You can also explore other relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, or meditation to further enhance your resting experience.
Aim for a consistent sleep schedule during menstruation to support your body's natural healing processes. Consider the following tips to improve your sleep quality:
Engaging in gentle exercise can help relieve tension and promote relaxation during menstruation. Consider the following activities:
Listen to your body and choose activities that feel comfortable and soothing, avoiding strenuous or intense exercises that may exacerbate fatigue or discomfort.
Maintaining proper hydration and consuming nutritious foods is essential during menstruation. Follow these guidelines:
Some women find relief from menstrual symptoms by incorporating certain supplements into their routine. However, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplements. They can guide you on which supplements, such as magnesium or vitamin B6, may be suitable for you and help alleviate specific symptoms.
Rest is an invaluable component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, particularly during menstruation. By acknowledging the importance of rest and implementing strategies to incorporate it into your routine, you can optimize your well-being during this transformative phase. Remember to prioritize self-care, listen to your body's needs, and embrace the benefits that rest can offer.
By practising self-compassion and dedicating time for rest during menstruation, you can experience a smoother and more comfortable menstrual cycle. Embrace the power of rest and allow it to support your overall well-being, ensuring a healthier and happier you during this natural process.