You’ve just had a pretty shit day and you’re feeling the need to cry …at everything. But you’ve lost track of your menstrual cycle, so you don’t know if you are going crazy or if your period is just around the corner!
Tracking my menstrual cycle is my thing –I love it! It keeps me grounded, it keeps me present, it keeps me curious and it keeps me in awe of my body and the world around me. However, earlier this year I all but lost track of what was happening with my cycle. The subtleties and nuances were beyond me and I hadn’t touched pen to paper for a very long time. And you know what –that is ok. We all live our lives, we all have things that come up –perhaps you’ve moved house, gone through a break-up or simply prioritised other self-care practices.
So firstly, if you’ve lost track of your menstrual cycle and your inner critic is having a go at you–tell her to calm her farm! Criticising yourself for not charting, is not beneficial for anyone; if anything it the time for radical self-compassion, forgiveness and love.
After realising how lost I felt, I made the conscious decision to get back on track with my charting. If you would like a refresher on some of the benefits of charting –head here.
After trying a few different things –I found the three best things to get me back into charting my menstrual cycle are:
Start on the day you realise you want to start re-charting your menstrual cycle. It doesn’t matter where you are in your cycle, just start. This tip alone is CRUCIAL.
Don’t Over Complicate it
I love colours, fonts, intricate patterns, fancy pens and a gorgeous chart; but ultimately you don’t need any of these to chart. All you need is a pen and paper. If making sure you’ve got all the ‘right’ things is holding you back from charting, perhaps you need to dig a little deeper into why you are resisting starting?
Schedule in Time
Schedule in 5 minutes each day at a time that works for you. Evenings before you go to bed can be hugely beneficial as you can take a moment to reflect on how you felt, how you nourished yourself and where you felt you were in the flow. By scheduling time in the evening it also gives you a chance to look outside your window and connect with the moon and see how that relates to your personal cycle.
Set an Intention
Set an intention for why you are charting; it may be connection, trust, understanding. Whatever you feel is calling to you. If you feel there is true purpose behind charting you are much more likely to continue doing it, espescially when you start to have realisations.
Losing track of your cycle happens, we are human and sometimes other things take priority. So just take a breath, remember why you love it and just go for it.
I would love to know how you get back on track when you lose consistency with your menstrual cycle charting. Leave a comment below.
If you would love a lush free charting guide to get you back into the flow, head here and I will be sending it’s juiciness your way.