Oh, we’re going there. Let’s get nerdy and talk about the feminine menstrual cycle, shall we??
But hold up, why? What could homesteading and menstrual cycles possibly have to do with each other?
Well, if you’re a woman, then a whole lot actually!
Menstrual cycles impact SO MUCH about our health and energy levels, so let’s dive in for a brief nerd session.
There are 4 phases to the menstrual cycle.
Their medical names are 1. Menstruation, 2. Follicular Phase, 3. Ovulation, 4. Luteal Phase.
During each phase there are major shifts in hormones that contribute not only to fertility but to things like metabolism, energy, focus and concentration, strength and stamina, mood, appetite, skin complexion and so much more.
It’s all very scientific and complex. But I want to share with you a simple way to look at the entire menstrual cycle and then I’ll explain how to hack this and sync up with homesteading in a way to make it easier and more productive.
Winter – Menstruation
Spring – Follicular Phase
Summer – Ovulation
Fall – Luteal Phase
During the Winter phase of your cycle you’ll likely be feeling low energy, introspective, vulnerable emotionally and physically. Some women feel heightened feelings of sadness or anxiety during this phase. This is a time when you’ll naturally want to curl up with a blanket and a cup of tea and “hibernate” from the world and social interactions.
Then during the Spring phase you’ll start to “wake up” so to speak, start feeling more energy, more motivation, and less vunerable. This a a time when you’ll start to feel more like your normal self, and feel more comfortable in your normal routines.
Summer is a fantastic time of you’re cycle where you’ll feel powerful, fully energized, and extremely motivated and productive. This is the time where you feel most like your true self and like you can take on anything. You may find yourself able to take on a lot more in your schedule without added stress.
Finally during the Fall phase of your cycle you may feel your energy start to dip slightly, the beginnings of some more natural introspection and vulnerability. This is a good time to prepare for the Winter Phase to come.
Each of these is about a week, give or take 2-3 days or so. And remember, each woman is different so this is just a rough guideline. I highly recommend tracking your cycles daily so you can begin to have a record of your energy and mood levels. It would look something like this,
Cycle Tracking Day ___
Super easy. Add this to your daily journalling practice if you have one, start a journal, or make a note in your phone. However you do this, keep track so you can start to see patterns and predict your own menstrual “seasons”.
Because then the magic can happen!
When you know your cycle, and you know roughly when you’re seasons will be, you can plan your homesteading projects out accordingly. Have you ever started a project around the homestead only to get side tracked halfway through, to run out of energy sooner than normal, or just felt stress more strongly and needed a break?
With cycle tracking you can get your homesteading insync with your cycle and avoid all that to maximize your productivity and efficiency! Plan that new project or getting a new animal to be in your spring or summer phase! This is when your body is naturally ready to get into high gear, feel excited for something new, and have the energy and stamina to see it through to the finish. No more straggling projects all over.
Carry this into your work and family life as well. Plan your month around your cycle so your most productive times of the month will be insync with when you plan to tackle big work projects, house projects, vacations, renovations, marathons, tough work outs, etc. These are the times you can really push yourself and feel amazing doing it. Then reserve the Fall and Winter phases of your cycle for your work load to be lighter, with less intense or lower energy tasks to perform, less intense workouts, etc. These are the times when you can reflect and recharge.
Now, I know that life and homesteading can’t always be managed completely around your biology. I get it. But, what I’m suggesting here is that with a bit of forethought and planning, you can make your life so much more enjoyable and less stressful, just by working WITH your body instead of ignoring it and trying to fight against it.
If you’d like to learn even more about your hormone health, I have a terrific free resource for you, my Hormone Master Class.
In this class I teach you more about your cycle, and how to balance your hormones and manage your cycle naturally.