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Making the best of every phase of your cycle

Each woman is different when it comes to her cycle 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

The typical cycle length can be anywhere between 21-40 days with the 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 entire cycle and corresponding symptoms is the first step in making the best of each phase. Use a calendar or download an app like Cycles for extra convenience. Then, begin by tracking your cycle days starting from day one (the first day of your last period).

Here are some tips for what to do during each phase:

Menstruation (Days 1-5)

The days that you’re on your period is the perfect time to treat yourself! It’s a good time to check in with yourself and do activities entirely for you. If you’ve been wanting to read a good book or get your hair done, book it. Your energy levels will naturally be a bit lower than normal during this phase, so strenuous exercise may feel a bit more difficult.

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 to a good romantic comedy or do some relaxing yoga.

The Follicular Phase (Days 6-14)

During this phase, your reproductive hormones start up again in preparation for your next ovulation day. So, you’ll begin to have more energy, your skin will start to glow and you may even be feeling particularly sexy come day fourteen. This is a great time to plan a trip abroad or a social event as you’ll be feeling optimistic and energized.

What to do: Go for a long hike in nature, schedule a fun girls night out, plan a trip, try hot yoga or zumba and go for a run. Don’t be afraid to work up a sweat!

Ovulation (Day 14)

On average, day fourteen is when a woman is the most fertile and often when a woman feels the most attractive during her cycle due to a peak in reproductive hormones. If you’re trying to get pregnant, this is the perfect day for an intimate date night with your special someone…

What to do: Go on a date! Starting a brand new workout routine around this time of the month can be very effective as well as you’ll have more energy and be feeling confident.

The Luteal Phase (Days 15-28)

During this phase, your body is preparing itself for a whole new cycle so your energy levels may be a bit lower 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.

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.