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Empowering Women With Guest Vix Anderton PRODUCTIVITY AND PERIODS HOW TO USE YOUR MONTHLY CYCLE TO GET MORE DONE

women on long-term contraceptives. If you don’t have a natural cycle, you can map these phases to the calendar month instead.

Did you know your menstrual cycle holds the key to unlock your energy and productivity superpowers? This might sound kind of out there for some of you, but hear me out.

Our cycle, like each one of us, is unique so I’m going to share some core principles. Getting to know your own is one of the best favours you can do yourself. Take these principles and see how they show up in your life - adapt and experiment until you find a system that works best for you.

The hormones of your cycle affect more than just your period. They influence everything from your energy levels to your cognitive state, your nutritional needs, your sex drive, even your weight and the look of your skin.

There are lots of apps out there to help you track your cycle. So experiment and find the one that works best for you.

Unfortunately, many of us are never taught how to unlock the potential in our cycles. One of the things I struggled with most when I started out as a freelancer and entrepreneur was the lack of definition in my time. There was no shape, no rhythm, to my weeks and months. The only real marker I had for time passing was the seasons. There was no impetus to take time off, no point to aim for. The weeks just laid out in front of me, seemingly forever. My days had a clear pattern as did the days of the week. But beyond that…. everything just looked the same. Then, in a completely unrelated move, I decided to come off the contraceptive pill for the first time in about 17 years. I had been diagnosed with endometriosis as a teenager and had used the pill as a way of managing my symptoms. I had never had a natural cycle as an adult. I became obsessed by periods. I was fascinated by how the hormone cycle worked and the impact it had on my mood, energy and body. As I learnt more about the phases of my cycle and how I felt, I started to adapt my schedule around these phases. And suddenly my life had natural undulations and markers again. This model doesn’t just work for women experiencing a natural cycle. The principles are valid for everyone - men, post-menopausal women,

THE DIVINE FEMININE FEATURE

The female reproductive hormones move through an average 28-day cycle of peaks, troughs, dips, and flows, which affect how you feel. No two days are the same, which means how you are in the middle of your cycle will be completely different from how you are at the end. As women, we sometimes expect ourselves to be at our peak every single day. We want to be endlessly productive, energised, and consistent. But our bodies just don't run on an every-day-is-thesame kind of model. And ignoring that is costing us. Big time. When you don't understand your female body, you don't know how to live in tune with her. And so you end up getting frustrated, burning out, or feeling completely overwhelmed. (Hello self-judgment). Plus, you miss out on windows of time when you're especially articulate, persuasive, and insightful. But it doesn't have to be this way. The secret is to live in alignment with the four unique phases of your cycle. I personally use this framework as a monthly sprint for myself as well as my clients. The principles of the sprint are valid for everyone and help to create rhythm and structure in our lives. Each cycle or sprint starts with a planning event to identify goals and ends with a review and retrospective to identify lessons and improvements for the next sprint. Issue #7 | The Inspired Guide | January 1st 2020

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