For as long as I can remember, I hated getting my period.

I hated the cramps, the mood swings, the inconvenience of the whole thing…  I resisted everything about that time of each month.  As far as I was concerned, there was no positive to it.

When I was deep in the throws of a PMS-fuelled emotional outburst, I felt there was no light.  It felt as if it were going to be this way forever.

I was also one of those people who used to get sick each and every winter.  Cold after cold.  Of course the partying would continue – I wasn’t going to let a cold stop me!  Slowing down wasn’t an option.

Over the past couple of months, I have fully embraced both the seasonal changes, and the cycles that come with being a woman.  It’s organic, it’s sacred… and it’s now I time I treasure.

By honouring myself, and loving myself enough through this time – I watched my life flow far better than ever before.

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When we are feeling sensitive, rather than push through it, it’s important to take a step back and give our body, mind and soul the space to rest and recharge.

The same goes for seasonal change.  If you get struck down with a cold or flu time and time again – that’s a pretty loud message that it’s time to slow down.  It’s ok to take things at a gentler pace when the days are colder.  It’s ok to say no.  Because ultimately, you’re saying “yes” to you.

ebb and flow

For me, these days, there are no more monthly cramps.  There are no extreme mood swings (my husband is truly grateful for this one!).  There’s no more dreading that “Period Due” day in my diary each month.  I believe this is partly thanks to accupunture, regular energy healings and a change of diet, but mostly because I gave my body the space to do what it needed to do each month.

I also rarely get sick anymore.  And when I do – I allow my body to stop, rest and release whatever needs to be released.

I now accept that there are days where I will feel flat.  I accept there will be times when I am sensitive and feel easily triggered.  I accept that there needs to be a day or two of nothingness each month.  I accept.  I embrace.

That’s the important take-away here – ACCEPTANCE.

When we resist the natural flow of life, the universe will keep providing us with lessons until we listen, accept and trust in the way things are meant to be. 

Do you resist the cycles and seasons?  Do you try to push through even when your body is screaming at you to slow down?

Let’s chat in the comments below.  And if this post resonated with you, I’d love for you to share it with your friends!

Love & Light,
Amelia xx

*The awesome post I mentioned by Tara Bliss can be found here.

8 Comments on Why I no longer hate getting my period…

  1. Sophia McEvoy
    July 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm (3 years ago)

    It actually cracks me up how much it seems like you are in my head sometimes! haha
    I have had exactly the same experience the past couple of months! I used to dread my period. In fact about 5/6 years ago my period stopped for a year and I was more pleased than i was concerned and it was one of the things I liked about pregnancy and breastfeeding. No period!
    Last month I decided I was going to start honouring it, instead of dreading it. I decided from now on the day I get my period, we order in thai, and for the first 2-3 days I take it easy, don’t exercise, forget about the “shoulds”, sleep in instead of getting up at 5, just take a chill for a couple of days and recharge. Exactly like you said!
    This month I found myself looking forward to my period (which started Sunday)!! haha I was thinking I can’t wait to slow down for a couple of days! (Although I did have a minor melt down last week in the lead up, haven’t completely got rid of those yet. My husband will be all too happy when i do though :))
    Anyways, how funny! Beautiful post as always xxx

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  2. Sophia McEvoy
    July 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm (3 years ago)

    It actually cracks me up how much it seems like you are in my head sometimes! haha
    I have had exactly the same experience the past couple of months! I used to dread my period. In fact about 5/6 years ago my period stopped for a year and I was more pleased than i was concerned and it was one of the things I liked about pregnancy and breastfeeding. No period!
    Last month I decided I was going to start honouring it, instead of dreading it. I decided from now on the day I get my period, we order in thai, and for the first 2-3 days I take it easy, don’t exercise, forget about the “shoulds”, sleep in instead of getting up at 5, just take a chill for a couple of days and recharge. Exactly like you said!
    This month I found myself looking forward to my period (which started Sunday)!! haha I was thinking I can’t wait to slow down for a couple of days! (Although I did have a minor melt down last week in the lead up, haven’t completely got rid of those yet. My husband will be all too happy when i do though :))
    Anyway, how funny! Beautiful post as always xxxays, h

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  3. Boiling
    July 2, 2014 at 7:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Honoring your periods really resonated with me. I noticed that my period cramps decreased a lot when I started honoring my periods and femininity. Yes, I have made other changes as well, but a shift in attitude did help a lot. When I am upset about women’s stuff or feel being a woman is bad, I cramped more.

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  4. Phil
    July 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Warning…epic comment ahead….

    This really resonates with me too….up until about 2 years ago, periods were definitely a curse for me. As I matured early I was one of the first in my class to get it and one of the Queen B’s in my class saw me getting a giant pad out of my locker one day which then made me the subject of merciless teasing for a while….they were painful and heavy and traumatic. Enter the Pill age 17 and all of a sudden I could make them disappear. For months at a time. For nearly 13 years that’s what I did to my body. My cycle was entirely rooted, for want of a better word! Other women I knew could tell me their cycle stats, I didn’t know anything about mine.I didn’t want to. Periods had always been nothing but trouble and embarrassment and pain.

    It was seeing a counsellor (about completely unrelated things, but it all came out, as it always does in good therapy!) that turned my thinking around on it. Your period is a sign that you’re HEALTHY! That your body is working properly! It’s something to actually be grateful for. Once I started thinking about it that way, letting go of all the baggage, it’s never bothered me that much anymore.

    Two years ago I came off the Pill and allowed my body to return to a natural state. My moods were better, the depression I’d accepted as part of who I was disappeared. Whenever I felt a bit down, or sensitive, or tender, I would know why. Suddenly I felt connected to my body in a way I never had been in my life, even though I’d been through a rather radical physical transformation with diet and exercise. It’s also made me realise how important self care is, as you mentioned Amelia, especially during times in the cycle where you just need to go gently. It’s been a transformative time for me, to say the least.

    Obviously contraception, etc. is a very personal choice and one size does not fit all, but connecting with your cycle is something I would thoroughly recommend to all women. It really does enhance your knowledge of your own body and therefore your confidence in it. And you are far less likely, particularly if you have done so in the past, to hand over the decisions about what is best for it to others.

    Great post and video Amelia. Thank you for sharing. I wish more women talked about this sort of thing. xxx

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  5. Leonie
    July 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve already dreaded it – but suppose I should start thinking differently now. 🙂

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  6. Leonie
    July 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm (3 years ago)

    *always*

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  7. Sass
    July 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm (3 years ago)

    I don’t mind ‘getting’ my period so much… it’s the week or so before it. I am by nature a very positive, happy, reasonable human being.. the week or so before my period.. I turn into something else and I absolutely hate it (as, I’m sure, does my boyfriend). I am sensative, moody, irritable and the smallest things seem like the biggest of deals. I second guess myself, doubt my future and loved ones motives.. It’s horrible!
    I don’t know what to do apart from hibernate for 2 weeks a month. Problem is, I never know when it will hit. Sometimes it’s only a couple of days before, other times a couple of weeks. I have started accupuncture and give myself regular Reiki (ok, maybe not enough). Could it be a hormonal imbalance? I just want to be normal.
    Oh goodness, sorry guys – rant over! xxx

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    • Rhi
      August 1, 2014 at 9:37 am (3 years ago)

      So True. Love the article.
      As a way for me to get an understanding of myself during that time of the month I uploaded a period app, & moon calendar so that I could keep track & note my moods/symptoms throughout the month. Once I realized my patterns as a whole, I could predict certain moods, pain & preferences of activity ie. yoga, walk. It was comforting knowing that everything was just a repetitive cycle, my body & it’s signals became easier to read. I’m much more laid back about getting it now.
      Other things I think have contributed to this ‘journey’ are acupuncture & a menstrual cup.
      It’s important to make a conscious effort to let go of the pesky little things. Your to-do list will get done but allow yourself to slow down & be kind to yourself.

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