I remember the time I used to look at my period’s imminent arrival with a certain sense of dread, an “oh no, this again” sort of outlook.
So, it’s incredible to be in a place where I actually look forward to my period. And I’ll tell you why.
You period is a fresh start.
Now I know there are PUH-LEN-TEE of women who would disagree.
And I get it. Periods can suck. They can come at inconvenient times, cause of lot of pain and suffering, and make some god awful messes.
I’m not here to tell you that changing your perspective can heal your horrible periods. That requires a bit more work. BUT changing your outlook is part of that journey.
Let’s say you don’t have end of the world periods. Today is for you.
I was having a great conversation with one of my “students" recently, and she mentioned how she looked forward to her period.
She explained it like hitting a restart button on everything.
And I couldn’t agree more.
There’s always this big sigh of relief when I start bleeding, almost as if my body is giving me permission to just take a much needed "slow out” (It’s like a time out, but with out actually stopping everything. Just moving at a more conscious pace.)
And since the dawn of time there’s also a few, "Phew, I’m not pregnant” sighs of relief.
It’s like a brand new year, or the start to a new week.
Later this month I’m going to talk about my love for Mondays, and I think it’s very much the same thing.
If you’re a morning person it’s quite similar to waking up to a brand new day ahead of you.
It’s like, no matter what happened yesterday, last week, month or year this is a clean slate.
Your period (along with the rest of these moments) is a great time to just let go of all that baggage you’ve been carrying around up to that point.
Let it go. Shed a few layers. And enjoy that effortless lightness that follows.
Now, you may think I’m a total loon.
Someone who likes mornings, Monday and getting her periods?
A few years ago I would have rolled my eyes and gagged a little if I heard some peppy young thing spouting all this.
But these are the moments that all but beg for us to hit that reset button.
And I realized as she said all this that I viewed it the same exact way.
When my period is on its way I always slow down, step back from life and assess a few things. How’s it all going? What’s working? What can I let go of? What can I do to improve this next month?
I take a deep breath and kind of re-up on all of my goals, redrafting them for the month ahead.
And I promise if you take this perspective on your coming periods you’ll see nothing but positive results. When I first heard about some of these concepts, just being aware of them was enough for changes to start taking place without any real effort from myself.
But now that I have put in a conscious effort I am pleasantly surprised month after month.