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Making the best of every phase of your cycle

Every cycle is different, but no matter what your cycle length, frequency or symptoms, there are tons of ways to make the best of every phase.

From treating yourself to a massage on your period to planning social events around ovulation, it’s all about going with the flow!

Phases of your menstrual cycle

A typical cycle can be anywhere between 21-40 days, with the global average being around 28 days long. Below are the main phases of the menstrual cycle and their corresponding days:

  1. Menstruation (Days 1-5)
  2. The Follicular Phase (Days 6-14)
  3. Ovulation (Day 14)
  4. The Luteal Phase (Days 15-28)

Track and log your cycle phases

Tracking your cycle and corresponding symptoms is the first step in making the best of each phase. You'll soon notice the changes in your mood, energy levels and physical sensations which can help you take care of yourself in every phase.

Menstruation (Days 1-5)

Your period is the perfect time to treat yourself! If your energy levels are low or you're struggling with cramps, now is the time to make self care your number 1 priority.

What to do: Get a massage, do some DIY spa treatments, take an afternoon nap, get a facial, take a long walk in nature, try meditation, snuggle up with a good book or do some relaxing yoga.

Keep reading: How does my sex drive come and go?

The Follicular Phase (Days 6-14)

During this phase, your reproductive hormones start to rise in preparation for ovulation. You might notice higher energy levels, glowing skin and your sex drive may start rising. It's common to feel optimistic and energized, so now is a great time for socializing, exercising or trying new things.

What to do: Go for a long hike in nature, schedule a fun night out, try a new sport or plan a steamy date night. It's time to work up a sweat!

Keep reading: How to adapt your workout routine to your cycle.

Ovulation (Day 14-16)

Your ovulation day is your most fertile time, and often happens around 2 weeks before your next period. You might notice a confidence boost and that high libido going into overdive due to a peak in reproductive hormones! If you’re trying to get pregnant, the mix of high fertility and libido makes it a great time for trying.

What to do: Go on a date, hang out with friends or try that new hobby you've been nervous to start!

The Luteal Phase (Days 15-28)

During this phase, your body is preparing itself for a new cycle, so your energy levels may fall as your hormone production begins, bringing premenstrual symptoms (PMS) along with them.

What to do: Buy some quality dark chocolate, include magnesium and iron-rich foods in your diet.

There you have it! Tracking your cycle and syncing your habits will make you be more mindful of what your body needs and help you make the best of every day.