When I have amazing bursts of energy, it always takes me back to a Tedx video from 2011 that talked about the four stages of a woman’s cycle and how, once we recognize them, we can use them to be more productive, successful women.
Alisa Vitti is the presenter. She attended John Hopkins University but then later turned to Functional medicine as she healed her own body. Her Tedx talk is titled, Loving Your Lady Parts as a Path to Success, Power & Global Change. She discusses how food can heal, which after following a modified Whole30 diet since January, I truly believe.
However, the part of her talk that I keep coming back to is where she talks about the four hormonal ratios we, as women, go through in a one-month cycle. Here’s a summary:
Week 1: The Follicular phase
This is when we have more access to creative energy than at any other time of the month. During this phase you should dream…. mastermind… plan… write… create!
Week 2: The Ovulatory phase
At this time we have our best communication skills and the most energy. People are drawn to you during this phase. This is the time when you want to have important conversations.
Week 3: The Luteal phase
This phase starts right after ovulation and ends when our periods begin. During this phase we become very detail oriented. It’s the time to organize. Clean the closets. Re-organize your office to be more efficient.
Week 4: The Menstrual phase
This is the time when you have the most conversation between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. At this time, you’re most able to receive those “gut” instincts. Evaluate your life and follow your gut.
Isn’t this the most amazing piece of information! Do you realize what this means?
You can actually plan your weeks to be more efficient by capitalizing on your strengths.
Have you ever tried to work on a project but just can’t seem to focus enough to complete it? This happens to me all the time; but since I am now conscious of these phases, I now just stop what I’m doing and tell myself… this needs to wait another two weeks. Today, I’m in my planning phase so I need to make plans for the upcoming weeks. I now waste far less time.
You’ll now be able to plan your job interviews to coincide with your communication phase.
You also now know you should make big decisions during your menstrual phase. This information is huge!
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I must have woken up in my organization phase this morning. My eyes were barely open at 7am this morning and I was cleaning out and reorganizing my pantry.
I went to the grocery store and purchased plastic tubs to replace all of the small plastic bags.
Paired down and tamed the gazillion water bottles into a single basket.
From there I cleaned out the “Tupperware” cabinet…
… then the glassware…
… and even the paper grocery bags.
I kept replaying in my head the title of the book, “When You Give a Mouse a Cookie”. That was me as one project led to another.
Thank you & Enjoy!