Three Period Rituals to Try This Month
We all have rituals. Whether you take special steps while preparing for bed, have a particular way you make your breakfast, or you make it a point to take part in a spiritual practice every week, you probably have regular activities in your life that call for presence, gratitude, and connection to your inner feelings.
Regardless of what they consist of, rituals can be transformative experiences that shift your energy, thoughts, and emotions in a specific direction. And as far as I’m concerned, that makes your monthly menstrual phase the ideal time to implement some special energy-shifting rituals in order to reset for the month ahead.
This isn’t just something I advocate for clients; I practice what I preach when it comes to my period and my hormones. Every month, I make sure to carve out time for myself during my menstrual phase—no matter how insanely busy I might be—and focus on what’s happening for me mentally, physically, and spiritually. These regular rituals keep me grounded and help me feel refreshed and reenergized for a brand new month.
You can reap the benefits of a menstrual ritual too—you just have to know where to start.
Why is it so meaningful to ritualize your cycle?
While I may take special measures during my menstrual phase, I actually ritualize my entire cycle, making sure I eat certain foods at certain times, drink the right beverages when I need them, and only take part in the kinds of activities and exercises I feel good doing at various times of the month.
But if you’re just getting started in your hormonal journey, dedicating just the week or so of your period to some ritualistic practices is a great way to get in tune with your body and mind. For starters, your period is a pretty obvious milestone in your monthly cycle—it’s hard to miss! Once you become accustomed to celebrating and ritualizing this specific time, you’ll start to tune in to your thoughts and feelings more easily at other points in your cycle too.
Maybe you’re struggling to understand how you can find any sort of peace with your cycle because your period is full of problems. But using rituals to start paying closer attention to issues like cramps, heavy bleeding, headaches and bloating will actually enable and empower you to heal them. These aren’t standalone problems; these are symptoms of something much deeper, and initiating rituals will allow you to start understanding what’s at the root of your hormonal dysfunctions.
My top three period rituals that you can start this month ~
When it comes to creating your own cyclic rituals, the only rules are...there are no rules! While I make sure to have consistency around my rituals, I allow for flexibility and fluidity depending on how much time I have. Work, relationships, and life can sometimes get in the way, and that’s okay. Creating rituals isn’t about performing them perfectly; implementing them in your life should be as stress-free as possible.
The good news is, whether you have half an hour or just five minutes, you can make a significant impact on your hormonal health in just a few simple steps. Here’s how:
- If you have 30 minutes: Start a home spa ritual.
If you can take some extra time during your period, creating a fragrant, relaxing spa experience in your own home is an amazing (cost-effective!) way to truly unwind and allow yourself to mark the occasion of your monthly menstrual phase with some self-care.
Personally, I’ll take a nice hot, long shower and use my favorite facial and body scrubs to cleanse and to feel refreshed. It wasn’t until I became a mom that I truly began to appreciate the healing benefits of a luxuriously long, uninterrupted shower!
- If you have 15 minutes: Create a tea ritual.
There’s something truly restorative about taking the time to steep and sip a cup of tea, so if I have just a little time to spare, I’ll sit down for a quiet moment and perform a tea ritual.
One of my favorite beverages to enjoy this way is golden milk. It takes a little time, and the slow process gives you space to contemplate and focus. I actually consider golden milk to be the ultimate hormone-balancing concoction thanks to its powerhouse combination of ingredients. Turmeric is a powerful, potent spice that’s been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and improve circulation and estrogen metabolism. It’s also an important tool in traditional Ayurvedic medicine in which it’s used to treat endocrine issues including amenorrhea, endometriosis, fibroids and cysts. The recipe also includes healthful fats like coconut milk, which are excellent for hormonal health. Not to mention it’s warming, soothing, and delicious, so it’s a great option for women with endocrine issues, or anyone needing a healing time-out.
First you’ll need to make golden paste:
Golden Paste Ingredients
- 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
- 1 cup water
- 1.5 tsps black pepper
- 5 TBSP virgin coconut oil
- In a stainless steel pot, cook the water, turmeric, and black pepper until it forms a thick paste, stirring and cooking for about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add virgin coconut oil, using a whisk to fully mix in the coconut oil.
- Transfer the Golden Paste into a glass jar with a lid, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- You will use this paste to make your Golden Milk below.
Golden Milk Ingredients:
- 1 tsp Golden Paste
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1/8 tsp vanilla (optional)
- raw honey [or stevia] to taste (optional)
- pinch cinnamon (optional)
Golden Milk Directions
- In a stainless steel pot, gently heat, but do not boil, 2 cups of milk with 1 tsp of golden paste.
- A whisk is helpful to fully mix the paste into the milk.
- Add optional vanilla, honey [or stevia], and/or cinnamon.
- If you have 5 minutes: Try this easy meditation ritual.
Rituals don’t have to be fancy or elaborate and neither does meditation. A lot of people get intimidated by the m-word, but all it takes to meditate is awareness.
Sometimes if I’m short on time, I just light a candle and get comfortable in a cozy room and hold my favorite crystal in my hand (bloodstone or tiger’s eye are clearing, grounding and blood-toning crystals, perfect for the menstrual phase).
Once I settle in, I just breathe deeply for a few minutes, staying still and quiet, and listening to my own breath. I find it helpful to set an intention to connect with my soul and try to uncover what I need in the moment, noticing thoughts that may arise in my mind that I sometimes jot down in a journal later on. Sometimes these thoughts become action items that I feel ready to take on once my period is over and I enter the more active, energetic, get-it-done follicular phase of my cycle.
Whichever ritual you take part in, consider it an experiment that allows you to observe your feelings before and after. Maybe you’ll feel differently about your period or your body after taking part in a period ritual and maybe the experience will impact how you navigate the rest of your cycle. Good luck!
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