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The Wisdom of Menstrual Discomfort: What Your Body is Trying to Tell You

Have you ever experienced menstrual discomfort and wished it would just go away?

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Many view the pain, cramping, bloating, and other uncomfortable symptoms of menstruation as an inconvenience or nuisance. However, what if these symptoms were more than just a physical inconvenience? What if they were actually important messages from your body, trying to tell you something important?

Here's a closer look at what your period discomfort might be saying, and how you can learn to listen and respond:

Listen to Your Body: Pain as a Label

Many have been taught to view pain as something to be feared or vanquished, rather than as a signal to be heard. We take painkillers to numb our discomfort and soldier on with our daily lives. However, this approach can mean we miss out on important messages from our bodies, and create a disconnect.

Instead of seeing pain as something to be feared, try viewing it as a label that your body is putting on a specific area or issue. Just as a flashing light on your car dashboard indicates a problem that needs to be addressed, pain can indicate an area that needs attention.

What Your Period Discomfort Might Be Saying

So, what might your menstrual discomfort be trying to tell you? Here are a few possibilities:

  • Slow Down: Menstruation is a time of shedding, releasing, and renewal. It's a natural time to turn inward and focus on self-care. If you're experiencing discomfort during your period, it may be a sign that you need to slow down, rest, and take time for yourself. This might mean taking a day off work, canceling plans, or simply saying no to extra commitments.

  • Nourish Yourself: Your body needs extra nutrients and support during your menstrual cycle. Cravings for certain foods, such as sugary chocolate or salty snacks, may indicate that your body needs specific nutrients. Listen to your cravings (in moderation) and focus on nourishing yourself with healthy, whole foods.

  • Pay Attention to Your Emotions: Many experience mood swings or emotional ups and downs during our menstrual cycle. Rather than dismissing these as "just hormones," try to pay attention to what your emotions might be trying to tell you. Are there unresolved issues or emotions that need to be addressed? Can you take time to journal, meditate, or talk to a trusted friend or therapist about what's coming up for you?

  • Practice Self-Care: Menstrual discomfort can be a signal that you need to prioritize self-care. This might mean taking a warm bath, getting a massage, practicing gentle yoga or stretching, or simply taking time to do something you enjoy. When you prioritize your own needs, you'll be better able to listen to your body's signals and respond with kindness and compassion.

While menstrual discomfort is never pleasant, it can be an important form of communication from your body. By learning to listen to your body and pay attention to the signals it's sending, you can gain valuable insights into your own health and well-being. Next time you experience discomfort during your period, try tuning in and asking yourself what your body might be trying to say. With practice, you may find that discomfort can be a powerful tool for growth, healing, and self-awareness.

Join Us This Wednesday 10am PST

If you're interested in exploring these topics further, we invite you to join us for our upcoming circle with Amy. This Wednesday at 10am PST, Amy will lead us in practices to support intense menstrual surges. We'll explore how to listen to our bodies and respond with compassion, even during times of discomfort.



'My purpose is to shine light in the darkness so others may see the path ahead.'

Amy Jane Miller is a mother, wife and friend. She is a Stuart to the earth and healer. Amy is a meditation and breathwork guide.

  • Yoga teacher RYT-500.

  • Certified empowerment coach.

  • Certified Yoga Nidra guide.

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