Stress and Menstrual cycle.
What is Stress?
We have been in that situation when nothing seems to be going our way, from spilling our coffee on the way to work, to missing the last train to home….all in the same day!!! Lets get one thing straight, no one in that situation is going to feeling warm and fuzzy, am I right?
Stress is body’s response to any event that can be perceived as threatening. It is a normal evolutionary response critical to human existence. Everyone experiences stress, however, the perception might differ from individual to individual.
Stress serves a purpose is to protect us from negative events, but it can also be positive and motivate us to achieve important tasks.
Stress and Menstrual cycle.
Stress and the menstrual cycle are closely linked. Many women report feeling more stressed during certain phases of their menstrual cycle. This can be due to hormonal changes, lack of sleep, and other factors. Stress has been perceived to be higher during the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle, generally counted as the first two days of the cycle.
There are a few things that women can do to help manage stress during their menstrual cycle. Foremost is the all important factor of sleep. Many women have expressed that achieving 7-8 hours of deep sleep is almost impossible during the 1st 2 days of the cycle. This adds to the cause and effect of stress, aggravating it during the period days.
Next on the list is Exercise in reducing stress levels. Most women have their tolerance of exercising during the periods but mild to medium intensity training like light walk to brisk jog, yoga and pilates class, dance or just a play with kids or pets can all help to reduce stress.
Also, take time out for favorite activities like playing with pets and kids, painting, knitting or anything else that fancies you.
Finally, relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing can also help to reduce stress.
If you have not been tracking your stress levels during your menstrual cycle, here is a simple checklist to start doing it today.
Menstrual Cycle Stress Relief checklist
- Today is the __________ Day of my menstrual cycle
- Today I am feeling ___________
- Today I slept for ________ hours
- Today I kept myself hydrated
- Today I took care of the needs of my body
- Today I exercised for _____________ minutes
- Today I ate __________________ for breakfast
- Today I ate __________________ for lunch
- Today I ate __________________ for dinner
- Today I did __________________this kind act for myself
It is important to reflect on the stressors in your life, this can be in any forms, such as what you eat, how you think of yourself and other and also you habits! Reflection is always helpful.
But, if you are feeling particularly stressed during your menstrual cycle, it is important to talk to your doctor. They can help to identify any underlying causes of your stress and recommend additional treatment options.