Everything your mom never told you about your period (little-known PMS hacks)
If the days leading up to your period have left you feeling like you were going to either die or murder someone you love, this episode is for you. Been there. I salute you. I. Feel. You. In today's episode, we'll discuss how we can begin to understand and work with our menstrual cycle's cyclical and spiritual nature for improved physical and emotional well-being. A few months ago, I discovered the practice of "Menstrual Cycle Awareness" (MCA) through the work of RedSchool founders Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer. Through this new framework and awareness of my own inner "seasons," I've felt like I can better ride the inevitable waves of life and lessen (and even eliminate) some of my most severe premenstrual symptoms (which have been so severe, I’ve qualified for a diagnosis of PMDD.) This episode aims to pass on much of what our mothers (and their mothers) didn't tell us about our menstrual cycles and how we can reclaim that power together as part of our recovery from emotional dysregulation issues and BPD (EUPD.)
💡 Questions answered and topics discussed in this episode:
■ Period stigma (what it is and how it manifests in our culture)
■ How hormonal birth control can affect your mood and contribute to further emotional dysregulation
■ What are the signs and symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
■ "Premenstrual dysphoric disorder" (should premenstrual symptoms be a mental disorder?)
■ Getting to know the four distinct phases of your menstrual cycle
■ Exploring the mentality and rites of menstruation around the world
■ How to practice menstrual cycle awareness (MCA)
■ The purported benefits of seed cycling for menstrual cycle related mood swings
■ Flo Period Tracking app (I use the free version)
■ Wild Power (book that explains MCA and the inner seasons)
■ Blog article by Rising Woman that breaks down the inner seasons one by one
Disclaimer: information contained in this podcast episode is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment or consultation with a licensed mental health professional.
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