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    Read this if you find the festive season stressful

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    The silly season is well and truly underway. Whether you veer more towards The Grinch or are a walking Hallmark movie in terms of festive cheer, it can be a period fraught with urgent deadlines, social obligations and dizzying levels of busyness.

    At Fri Period, we believe understanding your cycle is a radical act of self-care and love. Our hormones fluctuate wildly throughout the month, and by understanding those fluctuations and making small tweaks, we can make life so much easier for ourselves.

    So, here are our best tips for thriving this festive season by taking your menstrual cycle into account.

    1. EMBRACE YOUR CYCLE AND USE IT TO PLAN

    Before diving into the manic hustle of holiday preparations, take a moment to consider your menstrual cycle. What phase of your cycle are you in, and how is that likely to impact how you feel?

    Understanding your body's natural rhythms and how that impacts your mood and energy levels is a superpower. You can then plan ahead, and say no when you know you just won’t be up for it, and deck the halls when you know you’ll be down for a party.

    Feel a bit lost when it comes to your cycle? Read this, and then download your own cycle tracker here to get started.

    2. STRESS MANAGEMENT

    Thought it’s a season to be merry, December can also bring a lot of stress. And this can impact your menstrual cycle. Make sure to carve out some time to dedicate to relaxing and unwinding activities.

    And how you prefer to de-stress can vary throughout the month - during your luteal phase this might mean pouring a hot bath or cosying up under a thick blanket with a good book. During your follicular phase, it might mean letting your hair down at a social event or going for an invigorating hike. Understanding your cycle can help you tailor your stress-relieving activities to give you exactly what you need at any given time.

    3. EMBRACE JOMO (THE JOY OF MISSING OUT) AND SAYING NO

    News flash: You don't have to RSVP 'yes' to every Christmas function.

    At Fri Period we looooove the festive season, but also appreciate it can be fraught with social obligations and urgent deadlines (surely that report can wait until January, right?)! Break free from the festive overwhelm and embrace the power of saying “No”

    Whether it's a cozy night in or a solo self-care session, it's okay (and, in fact, recommended) to prioritize your own needs.

    And yes, being on your period is a perfectly valid reason to decline any invite! 

    4. PRIORITIZE COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE WITH FRI PERIOD

    By adding some Fri Period underwear to your wardrobe, you won’t need to think about buy new period products nor worry about being caught off-guard by an early or late period. That’s one less thing to do during this chaotic time!

    Plus, Fri Period underwear are made out of supremely comfortable organic cotton, leaving you feeling cosy yet secure throughout the festive season.

    December is chaos, there’s no way around it. But, by embracing and listening to the phases of your cycle, you might be able to inject some balance into the mad hustle.