How should I be monitoring my cycle?
5th September 2021
How you want to monitor your cycle is completely up to you – it’s a personal decision. At FEWE, we’re all about supporting and empowering you to understand yourself more, so that you can make choices that are right for your body.
The more you understand your cycle and the symptoms that come with the four key phases, the more you’ll be able to keep track of where you’re at and what’s normal for your body. We’ve created a guide for you that breaks down your cycle and the symptoms that you might experience that you can use while you’re keeping an eye on your cycle.
Getting ahead of your cycle can also help you make decisions that suit your symptoms. Feel antisocial in your Flow phase? Make sure you don’t book any key meetings for your work. Feel extra confident in your Soar phase? Now might be the time to go on that date with someone new or make that big pitch that you’ve been thinking about. Monitoring your cycle is the key to making the best of it, whatever that means for you.
It’s easy to just focus on your period and the surrounding symptoms when you’re tracking your cycle, but there are a lot of other areas that are important to understanding your hormones – the central ones are sleep, pain management, mood, and how your skin and vulva feel and look. All of these areas can tell you lots about your cycle – try not to focus just on your bleed.
Period tracking apps like Clue can help you easily log symptoms that you’re experiencing, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping track manually with a notebook or calendar. If you like taking pen to paper, we recommend our cycle tracker, which is free with every purchase.
Take a moment at the end of each day to consider how you’ve been feeling in each area. Has today been particularly difficult, or particularly good? Were you struggling because of a bad night’s sleep, or feeling super well-rested? Monitoring your cycle is also a great time to practice regular mindfulness – take a step back and breathe as you run through how you’ve been feeling for the day.
So what can you do with your newfound understanding of your cycle? Monitoring your cycle will help you have a personalised view of what’s going on in your own body, rather than someone else’s. You can now take your knowledge and use it to make the best of what’s already happening inside, or treat those symptoms that might not be making you feel so great.