Those of us who get periods arefamiliar with when PMS symptoms start and what that feels like, but what we may not know is that our hormones are actually fluctuating during our menstrual cycle, causing all sorts of changes in the body. To make the most out of each time of the month, you'll want to know the best hacks to sync up your life with your menstrual cycle. This includes making changes to your habits that can help align you with everything from your mood, your energy levels, and even to how your brain functions.
"Not only do [women] have to deal with the ins and outs of everyday life, but our bodies go through cyclical hormone changes every month that makes no two days the same," registered nurse and a certified holistic health coach Kelly Kristin tells Bustle. "Luckily, we can use these hormone fluctuations to our advantage. When you learn how to tune into your body and give it what it needs on a mind, body, and soul level [during]each phase of your cycle, you will be surprised with just how easy and in 'flow' it can be."
Your cycle consists of four phases: the Luteal Phase (the week before your period), the Menstrual Phase (when you have your period), the Follicular Phase (the week after your period), and Ovulatory Phase (3-4 days in the middle of your cycle). Each of these phases consists of changes in hormones which affect how you feel. Here are 11 hacks to help you make the most of these phases and feel your best, all month long.