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Feb112011

PMS? The Best Part Of A Woman's Cycle To Get Organized

PMS stands for Premenstrual Syndrome, also known as PMT, Premenstrual Tension. This refers to varying physical and emotional changes about 85% of women experience before their periods arrive.

In her fantastic book, The Female Brain, which I highly recommend, Louanne Bridendize explains the hormonal changes in a woman throughout the month. Hormones which include testosterone, androgen, estrogen, and progesterone. These hormones have a great effect on the brain AND on women's personalities.

So what does this have to do with re organizing? "There's a 25 percent growth of connections in the hippocampus during weeks one and two (the estrogen phase), and that makes the brain a little bit sharper. It functions a little better. You're clearer and you remember more. You think more quickly and more agilely. Then at ovulation, around day fourteen, progesterone causes the brain to become first more sedated and gradually more irritable, less focused, and then a little slower....in the last few days of the menstrual cycle, when progesterone collapses, this calming effect is abruptly withdrawn, leaving the brain momentarily upset, stress, and irritable." (P45)

One of my friends said to me, "I always get needy right before I get my period." However it is experienced, there is a notable difference in most women's moods right before they get their periods. This is not the time to try to get organized! From day one of menstruating until ovulation begins fourteen days later is the ideal time for a woman to organize. Lowered stress response, increased focus and decision-making ability. Imagine only two weeks a month trying to organize with better results, and simple maintenance the rest of the time.

Rather than fighting it, accepting when we are biologically at our best and maximizing that makes success a more pleasant road.

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