So, I am on Day 11 of my cycle. I have been trying to journal everyday again since Day 1 on this cycle. It's not easy :-/ Sometimes I just can't be bothered ! Or I might just looking blankly at the page, pen in hand with no words forthcoming. But hey, that's ok. The main thing is I am keeping in tune with my menstrual cycle; with where I am at and at least checking in on myself daily.
Day 11 is in the Rise Phase. The time after you have stopped your bleed and your energy levels are rising. This is making me feel more focused, more energised, more on the ball. But I have to be careful....it can make me restless. So I need to concentrate on something; time to dedicate myself to a larger project maybe, or like this morning madly hoover the house, clean the surfaces (particular the cat paw prints every where!), prep husband's dinner, do two loads of washing, food shop and then sit and write this blog :-) It's a great time for doing. To use this phase in your cycle positively as much as possible.
It is also a time when your hormones at night bring feelings of relaxation, so this is a great time to make room for whatever self-care approach you find most calming.
I have to admit to not feeling so relaxed right now. There is a lot of stuff going on that is out of my control but causing high levels of anxiety and sadness. But today, although I feel highly energised and motivated, I am thoroughly irritated by fellow human beings. So this just shows how a mix of the greatness of mid cycle with every day life, can have an impact on your mood, despite what your hormones are or are not doing. Sitting and writing this blog now, as some of you may very well know if you have read my previous blogs, is a great way for me to release. I love to write and to "brain dump". I am deep into peri-menopause and although embracing my new found knowledge and knowing I can help other women on their menopausal journey I am not immune to falling by the wayside myself.
On a physiological level our body is gearing up for the next month. Small follicles are starting to form. Estrogen levels are starting to rise, testosterone is still low and progesterone is absent. The next few days need to roll on so my other hormones can catch up !
How do you feel around this time of your cycle? Do you notice any patterns? Do you Journal? Do you even know what day of your cycle you are on? It would be great to hear your stories :-)
Pauline Wolfe - Currently perimenopausal; passionate; creative; loves to write; sketches for down time; down to earth & likes to write in layman terms! Moved to Malvern 3 years ago from Central South seaside, married 2 years to born & bred local builder. Two grown up children, 3 grandchildren!