• Iris Grattan

Master Your Emotions for A Better Period.

Understand how your cycle works to master your emotions and make lifestyle changes that bring more peace and balance.



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To recover from fibroids, you must create an atmosphere in your body for healing.


Understanding the nature of your hormones is the first step. Then, learn to connect your responsibilities, emotions, and lifestyle to the cyclic nature of your menstrual cycle. This shifts estrogen and progesterone toward greater balance over time.


Here’s an overview of your menstrual cycle and it’s emotional and physical impact so you can do just that.



MENSTRUATION

DAY 1 - 5


The first day you bleed is day one of your cycle. Estrogen and progesterone’s low. Their levels decrease to start your bleed.


During this time, you feel crampy, achy, and in a bad mood. Fatigue, back pain, insomnia, and nausea are common too. All this happens as your uterus pulsates to shed and expel part of itself and get rid of the unfertilized egg. (No wonder you’re not feeling so hot!)


What to do: Take time to slow down. Minimize “yes” moments and leave the guilt behind as you say “no” more. This is a purging time physically but can be one emotionally as well.


As your bleeding decreases, you’ll be more peaceful, amenable, and able to surrender. Take the time to re-examine unresolved issues and make progressive decisions. Also, forgive yourself and others.



FOLLICULAR PHASE

Days 6-13


During the follicular phase, your ovaries prepare the next egg, your estrogen rises, and your bleeding slows. You’ll feel motivated, energetic, calmer, and even restless.


What to do: Go on a trip, stroll, or unplanned date. Take your convertible out for a drive and let the breeze whip your fro. Or finish a project you always wished to complete. The world opens up as the suffering, discomfort, and painful emotions subside.



OVULATION - midpoint

Day 14 (36 Hours)


Your body is braced to produce a baby. By the midpoint, it’s already released a new egg. (The turnaround time is rapid!) You have a 4-5 day window to take care or run with abandon, as this is the best chance for you to become pregnant.


What to do: You’ll enjoy more communal and outgoing activities. Even introverts will appreciate going out and doing more with others. Make the best of it because…



LUTEAL PHASE

Day 15 - 28


During the luteal stage, your progesterone rises, your estrogen declines, and you prefer to retire from the world. Low mood rules the day. Or, you could experience heightened anxiety and irritation. Breast tenderness and intensified food cravings are typical symptoms too.


What to do: Consider that you may be volatile during this season. Remember this when people or situations agitate your mind and spirit. Try not to take things to heart. Under the sway of other hormones, you might have let matters drop. Meaning it may not be as serious of an issue as you assume.



PREMENSTRUAL

(a subsection of the Luteal Phase)

Days 23-28


You’re 4-5 days before the start of your bleed. As previously stated, progesterone and estrogen decline to start the new cycle. However, their shift alters the quantity of specific brain neurotransmitters. Low progesterone and estrogen equal low serotonin, the good-mood neurotransmitter. As a result, carbs and sweets, notably chocolate, could be your go-to food choices while stressed. They raise the levels of serotonin so you feel good and in control again.


What to do: Be alert to self-criticism and harsh expectations. You’re likely more sensitive to stressful situations too. It’s time to bask in self-compassion and self-care. Do so in more meaningful ways, among those who treat you well.


Menstruation

Day 1 - 5


Back to the first day of your bleed. The cycle begins again.



Hormones aren’t everything but have an undeniable impact. Even with fibroids and an, often, irregular period, increased self-awareness will highlight many of these emotions and physical symptoms.


I suggest journaling daily, with short sentences or bullet notes, how you feel and what you feel during the phases. After one full cycle, you can make lifestyle changes in alignment with your experience. Since everything, from your thoughts to your environment, impact hormonal balance this can influence your recovery from excess estrogen and fibroids.




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I believe you can recover from hormonal dysfunction with knowledge, time, and attention. And that's what I'm going to help you do.


To your health and wellbeing,

Iris



REFERENCES:

FX Alliance - Estrogen Dominance

Essentials of Medical Physiology 6th Edition

Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine


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