What is mindfulness?

Mind­ful­ness – so bene­fi­cial and not at all as com­plic­ated as per­haps often assumed. Mind­ful­ness first of all only means to develop a greater aware­ness and thus to per­ceive more intens­ively. This already starts with per­form­ing every­day actions more con­sciously or enjoy­ing moments pur­pose­fully. But how does mind­ful­ness help dur­ing the period?

Why mind­ful­ness can be help­ful dur­ing the period

Being mind­ful also means being aware of changes. This includes the dif­fer­ent phases of the men­strual cycle. Mind­ful­ness can help you to bet­ter recog­nize the signs of your body and to live in har­mony with your cycle. This more intens­ive under­stand­ing can help you to clas­sify your mood more clearly. At the same time it increases your abil­ity to find out what is good for you in these moments. Feel­ing into your­self not only has a decel­er­at­ing effect but also cre­ates a bet­ter sense of yourself.

How mind­ful­ness can have a pos­it­ive effect on period pain

Espe­cially if you exper­i­ence pain dur­ing your period, mind­ful­ness can offer you some­thing pos­it­ive. Listen within your­self to determ­ine what you need to relieve your pain. The more intense aware­ness and time for your­self may provide an altern­at­ive method to pain med­ic­a­tion

But how am I being mind­ful? What can I do to be mind­ful? Here are a few prac­tical tips:

1. Go through every­day life mindfully

As explained earlier, being mind­ful starts with tight­en­ing your aware­ness. Try to be aware of things around you in your daily life. For example, the warmth that the sun radi­ates, the chirp­ing of birds, and how the wind makes leaves move. Or con­sciously notice the taste of your food and the smell of dif­fer­ent scents. 

2. Sit down & breathe

To intensify these per­cep­tions, take a moment for your­self. Sit quietly and breathe deeply in and out. You can also close your eyes to be even more con­cen­trated and, above all, more with your­self. Such moments can be espe­cially good for you dur­ing your period. Deep breath­ing helps you relax and can also reduce pain.

3. Med­it­a­tion

Maybe you would like to go a step fur­ther and try med­it­a­tion. There are many dif­fer­ent formats for this on the inter­net. Take ten minutes a day, which is a good way to get star­ted. If you like med­it­at­ing, you can extend the time. Decide for your­self if you like guided med­it­a­tions or if you prefer to do them without guidance. 

All these prac­tical exer­cises will help you to develop a heightened aware­ness. You will notice how you per­ceive moments more intensely and do things more con­sciously. Most import­antly, you will feel what is good for you and what you need dur­ing your period. This could be warmth or rest. Or maybe you prefer more phys­ical activ­ity, such as yoga. So as you can see, mind­ful­ness can be truly sup­port­ive dur­ing the period!

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Ronja 
Stu­dent & Yoga Teacher | + posts

Ronja, born in Han­nover (Ger­many), stud­ies Global Health in the Neth­er­lands. Doing so has intens­i­fied her interest in top­ics such as sexual and repro­duct­ive health. She dreams of work­ing on pro­jects cre­at­ing aware­ness about men­stru­ation all over the world. Ronja is also a yoga teacher and loves to com­bine this pas­sion with her pro­fes­sional expertise.