As women, it’s important to understand how to support ourselves physically and mentally during each phase of our menstrual cycle. One of the best tools to help us do this is cycle syncing, an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to help women regulate their hormones and optimize their health. By making small adjustments to your diet, exercise, and daily routine, you can tap into ancient wisdom and optimize your health. Consider this your cheat sheet for beginning cycle syncing–an invitation to fully immerse and appreciate the potential of your body and mind.
The follicular phase starts within the first fourteen days of your cycle. During this phase, your estrogen levels increase, leading to more energy and a desire to be more active. This is a great time for high-intensity exercise and making headway on creative projects. It’s also a good time to begin a daily hormone-balancing supplement, like Hormone Hero.
Starting around day fourteen of your cycle, the luteinizing hormone (LH) will start your ovulation. Estrogen levels peak and your inner social butterfly gets her wings. Go out and see your friends, you’ll have a heightened sense of intuition to guide you.
The luteal phase occurs in the second half of your cycle and lasts approximately 14 days. During this phase, you'll experience a surge of progesterone, which can lead to symptoms like intense emotions, anxiety, mood swings, fatigue, and cravings. To support yourself during this time, prioritize self-care activities like yoga, leisurely walks, nourishing your body with healthy foods, and incorporating herbal supplements. In my own routine, I use Soul CBD Gummies in the evening, and Soul CBD Oil Drops in the day. These products calm my mind and, personally, I love mixing flavors to add some fun into what can feel like a heavy time.
In the fourth and final phase, the uterine lining sheds. Many women feel a great deal of pain and discomfort. This is a time to listen to the body’s cues to rest and relax. In my own routine, I like to incorporate stretching, journaling, walks outside, and yoga. I also use Happi Gummies in the morning, to help with my mood, and Harmoni in the evening for pain and bloating. Experiment and find what works for you, but prioritize being gentle, slow, and kind to yourself.
Starting cycle syncing is simple. Begin by marking the first day of your cycle to the last to find when your follicular phase begins. You can use a calendar and journal to track your journey throughout your cycle! From there, listen to your body, and follow the guidance above to align your life with each phase of your cycle.
About the Author
Nicole Odusanya is a cycle, herbal nutrition, and hormone coach supporting women in stepping into their power and alignment. For more of her work, follow @womanwwellness