Menstruation is the phase of the menstrual cycle where all the hormones that have been ebbing and flowing through peaks and troughs, ease down and smoothly careen. You know that glassy look of the ocean when the wave has crashed on the shore and the tide begins to retreat back to the horizon? That’s menstruation. Often, it’s the premenstrual phase that can be the rockiest, and by contrast, menstruation is the calm. If we are able to hold ourselves in that stillness, reach within and practise period self-care, we can be far more available for the rest of our cycle.