If you've come to believe the myth that your period hurts you at work, Alisa Vitti is here to bust it. As a functional nutritionist, founder of the period-tracking app MyFLO, and author of WomanCode, she's discovered that your period can actually help your career — if you know how to take advantage of it. Each phase of your cycle makes you more inclined toward a particular type of task, and by indulging these inclinations, you can drastically increase your productivity.
You often hear "hormonal" used as an insult to women on their periods, but the truth is that people of all genders are hormonal all the time — and that can be a good thing, Vitti tells Bustle. Depending on what's going on with our hormones, they can help us connect with people, brainstorm ideas, and do a whole bunch of other things that benefit our work.
"When you play to your strengths, you can get more stuff done at home and at work," says Vitti. "The first thing is to get your period straight." Vitti recommends using a period-tracking app to figure out where you are in your cycle. Her online health center Flo Living will also help you get regular periods so you can use this knowledge. Once you become aware of your phases, here's how you can use each one to your advantage at work, according to Vitti.