For the past several years I have encouraged patients to make notes on a weekly basis of what is happening for them during their cycle. We tend to pay lots of attention to PMS symptoms because they are often negative and feel out of control but there is much more to it then that!
You will start to notice as the patterns evolve that each week of your cycle is unique. Some weeks you will feel social, energetic and full of engagement with the world.
Other weeks you may feel inward and creative and contemplative.
If you start to be specific in how you schedule yourself around your cycle you may feel more at ease. The first step is to identify how you feel in each week. Next take the time to think about how you want to play with that – exercise when your energy levels are highest, socialize when you feel your most outward, stock up on good books and art supplies when you are inward.
This is real self-care.
Teach your daughters.