Today Major Movement takes over our podcast La Famélia to talk about mental load and its potential link to the menstrual cycle with Camille.
What is mental load?
The mental load is defined by the fact of thinking about several things at the same time, it is the set of solicitations of the brain during the execution of the work.
Camille explains that there are generally 4 phases in the cycle: there will be a week when you feel very well, you feel free and the mental load tends to be forgotten. The week just before your period is more complicated because it is the time when you are waiting for your period to arrive. The week of the period is rather liberating. Finally, the week after is an in-between time.
Sometimes, irregular cycles can disrupt the mental load.
Today, in the so-called "classical" society in which we live, women still take on the daily household tasks and the management of the home more than men (even if this is changing). Thus, the mental load is double: in addition to having to manage her personal mental load related to the cycles, she also has to manage the mental load related to the family.
What are some tips to accept this mental load, or at least to live it better?
Camille explains that when she was on hormonal contraception, she felt less the variations of her cycle and the emotions that come with it. Since she is no longer on hormones, she confides in us that she feels much more in tune with her body and its symptoms, and this helps her to accept herself, her body and the different states it goes through. The important thing to remember is to try to listen to yourself, to listen to yourself and to accept yourself as you are.
According to Camille, there is a lack of listening, of people to talk to about menstruation and contraception. It is sometimes difficult to find someone who takes the time to talk, beyond the classic medical exams. To find people who are open to discussion.
When you feel that there is a wave of emotions, whether it is explained by the cycle and hormones or not, it can be interesting to accept them (even if it is hard) while breathing and taking a step back on the situation.
All these fluctuations of emotions, related to the cycle or not, are simply part of life. Being aware of them allows you to know yourself better and to anticipate your emotions.
The Elia team's advice to reduce your mental load during your period:
- Wear your prettiest Elia menstrual panties to feel comfortable
- Get closer to your best friend the hot water bottle
- Take time for yourself
- Read a good book
- Cook a special meal for your period
- Do a sports session
- Take up yoga